Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US

Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US

Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, 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 all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.

Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.

It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.

Title:Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781506452562
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    Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US Reviews

  • Raymond

    In his book Dear Church, Lenny Duncan has written an epistle to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA), which he calls the whitest denomination in the United States. He is quick to say that...

  • Justin

    I finished Dear Church by Pr. Lenny Duncan and what can I say?As I was reading it, I had a strong desire to prove myself- I’m not like that because I do this, this, and this. That desire was coming ...

  • Tracy Murphy

    “Dear Church, this book is a love letter to you. I know at times it hasn’t felt that way.” -Rev. Lenny Duncan. Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the...

  • Chris Halverson

    Read it, be inspired, shift your focus in ministry, be the body of Christ....

  • Morgan Rukstales

    All Christians should read this book. As a white person who grew up in a predominantly white church, I had never thought about the issues that Lenny Duncan presents. There is so much about the Luthera...

  • Dale

    This book takes an epistolary approach to conveying some of the thoughts, feelings and experiences of a recently-ordained Black man, Pastor Lenny Duncan, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ...

  • Carol Brusegar

    This passionate love letter to the church -specifically in this case to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - is also a manifesto for the church. It challenges church members and leaders to be ...

  • Miriam

    Eye opening, yet obvious! - Lack of understanding of church history & how it connects with the present/future, -excessively harping on his race. -He’s not the only minority to have racial issues in ...

  • Patrick Funston

    This book was incredible. Powerful, revealing, needed words. I was surprised by how easy it was to read such difficult content, I think it’s a function of the deep love that Pastor Duncan has for hi...

  • Michelle

    As an atheist, I’m definitely not the target audience for this book, but I thought it was a powerful read. Duncan’s love for his church is clear, and he makes so many compelling points about how t...