Duncan, Lenny,

Dear church : a love letter from a black preacher to the whitest denomination in the U.S. / Lenny Duncan. - vii, 158 pages ; 22 cm

Includes discussion guide.

Introduction: How the hell did we get here? -- Part 1: Dismantling white supremacy is the way of the cross. Dismantling white supremacy and the power of the Gospel -- The roots are infected -- Repentance, reparations, reconciliation -- Dylann Roof and I are Lutheran -- Decolonizing the liturgy and the power of symbols -- Part 2: Grace is an ever-widening circle. The church is queer -- Toxic masculinity is killing us -- Resisting nationalism is the way of Jesus -- Part 3: The church can lead the way. Dear Church, I love you -- Stretching God's tent is frontline freedom fighting -- It's time for a revolution.

"Lenny Duncan is an unlikely pastor. Formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless, and formerly unchurched, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA]. Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the headlines, but Duncan connects the church's lack of diversity to its lack of vitality. sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of the church."--Cover.

9781506452562 1506452566

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America--Social aspects--United States.

Race--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Lutheran Church--Social aspects--United States.

BT734.2 / .D86 2019


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