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Jeanette Stokes

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Jeanette Stokes founded the RCWMS in 1977 and serves as its Executive Director. A graduate of Smith College and Duke Divinity School, she is an ordained Presbyterian minister living Durham, NC. Jeanette has led workshops on women, spirituality, creativity and social justice. In 1997 she constructed a 40'x40' canvas labyrinth to use in workshops and retreats. Jeanette is the author of two collections of essays, 25 Years in the Garden and 35 Years on the Path, and three memoirs, Hurricane Season: Living Through a Broken Heart, Flying Over Home, and Following a Female Line. She likes to write, paint, dance, and garden.

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Marriage and Food: The Intra-Church Struggle Continues—1 Timothy 4:1-5

Lesson 10: “So the false teachers ‘forbid marriage and demand abstinence from [certain] foods’? Is that all the fuss is about? No wild orgies or murderous rampages? Maybe not, but these beliefs have extensive consequences. Theologically, they imply that true Christians will strive for union with a God who is pure spirit. They must leave behind earthy pleasures like sex and ordinary family life, as well as most tasty foods.”