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.
Dear Church also features a discussion guide at the back - perfect for church groups, book clubs, and other group discussion.
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Please listen to this prophetic voice.
This loveletter speaks right into my heart. I am longing, praying and dreaming of a Church, who is brave enough to admit faults/ sins and turns to Jesus, who calls us to follow him. so that there may be more Jesus-People in the world. We can learn a lot in Germany from this loveletter. We will need a translation. Though our history is different, there is enough injustice, and selfcentered discussions with less church taxes.
We let people die to the thousands at the borders of Europe.
We are complicites in killing our Planet/ creation...destroying the future of our children for our comforts.