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About Beer and Hymns
Durham County Beer & Hymns is supported by individuals, businesses, congregations and denominations. We raise funding behind the scenes so that we can maintain every hymn-sing as a free event for the public and direct our tip-jar collection to common-good organizations such as Open Table, the Reality Center, InterFaith Council for Social Service, Habitat for Humanity, NC Rails-Trails, KidzNotes, Urban Ministries, World Relief, Girls on the Run, INSIDEoUT, Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation, Latino Educational Achievement Partnership, DurhamCares, Raleigh Rescue Mission and others. You can make a tax-deductible donation made out to Durham Presbyterian Church, with Beer & Hymns in the memo line. You can mail to 1102 Clarendon St., Durham NC 27705. You can also give online (Just add Beer & Hymns in the memo box after you’ve clicked “Review Donation and Continue”). For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Musician
Jesse James DeConto is a journalist, author, musician and worship leader in Durham, N.C. His reporting has had him working alongside Mexican migrants in the Christmas-tree fields of Appalachia, sitting with the mother of a death-row inmate at the moment of her son’s execution, and immersing with activists protesting usurious interest rates in the lobby at Bank of America headquarters. His spiritual memoir is This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World, recounting his journey from the Moral Majority to the Beloved Community.
His indie-pop band The Pinkerton Raid has produced two albums of his songwriting, appearing regularly at Wild Goose and other festivals up the East Coast and landing on the Bandspotting compilation at the 2013 Festival of Faith and Music in Grand Rapids, Mich. The band’s sophomore album, A Beautiful World, released in August 2014.
A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jesse leads communities in sacred hymns and spiritually rich pop songs with a folk style influenced by the country Gospel tradition. He has worked as contemporary music minister in a couple of churches and is founder of Durham County Beer & Hymns, an inclusive, rowdy hymn-sing currently meeting at 7:30pm on the third Sunday of every month at Fullsteam Brewery. Here is our digital lyric book.