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Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by [Lenny Duncan]
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"With words cutting and wise, Pastor Lenny Duncan invites one of this nation's whitest denominations fully live out its baptismal promises. Every person concerned about the ways Christianity reinforces white supremacy and other structures of oppression needs to read this accessible, prophetic, and pastoral love letter. In the tradition of the Church's great reformers, Duncan casts a vision into a future bathed in glow of the crucified and risen Christ, bidding each of us to look inside before making the outward trek." 
- The Reverend Canon Broderick L. Greer, writer and Episcopal priest 
Our brother Rev Lenny has crafted a masterful and heartbroken indictment of where the Lutheran Church could be and where it is instead. He stands fiercely grounded in the Lutheran tradition of revealing our own brokenness, proclaiming our hope in Christ, and challenging us to live into love of neighbor. His individual experiences and our churchwide practices are woven together in an unsettling illustration of how the American idol of white supremacy has laid the foundation for a wide array of vitriol, from Dylann Roof to transphobia to the election of the forty-fifth president. Prepare yourself, church. This is a love letter you have to read - and a proclamation that will leave you convicted.
The Reverend Emmy Kegler, Pastor, Writer. 
May we love the church as much as Lenny does so that we can not just take his words to heart, but also engage to dismantle the powers and principalities that keep us from being siblings in Christ to one another. Lenny's words about the whitest denomination in the United States and its relationship to white supremacy are the truths that we need to acknowledge. Lenny's love letter to the church are the modern day epistles we all need to read. --The 
Reverend Tuhina Verma Rasche
The Rev. Lenny Duncan writes with a searing message urgently rooted in true love. His deep commitment to speak the truth to his white siblings in the Church reads as a clarion call for a movement in desperate need of it. Dear Church isn't just a good idea for a book study -- the grace-filled ferocity that overwhelms its pages reminds one of early writings from Latin American base communities that formed liberation theology as we know it today. Duncan has written a necessary addition to the corpus of Christian writings in the 21st-century. We ignore his plea at our own peril. 
The Reverend Jason Chesnut, Pastor, Filmmaker
Lenny Duncan has given us a bold and fearless book filled with unsettling but indispensable insights into the stranglehold white supremacy inflicts upon our churches. At the same time, we feel a holy, ferocious love radiating from every page. This book should be required reading for all who love our church and lament our failures.  If you don't come away breathless, hope-struck and fired up for revolution, check your pulse.  We ignore Duncan at our peril. 
The Reverend Heidi Neumark  Pastor, Writer 

About the Author

Lenny Duncan is author of Dear Church, and Mission Developer Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA. Formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless, and formerly unchurched, Duncan is now a sought-after speaker and writer on topics of racial justice and the role of the church in the twenty-first century.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07NSFXF3F
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fortress Press (July 2, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 2, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 450 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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