2020 Pastors Conference:
Beyond "Dear Church"
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Lenny Duncan, Pastor of the Jubilee Collective
Event Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
Event Location: Fully online event
Registration deadline for online attendance is Sunday, October 4, 2020
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated and homeless, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the all 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 his 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.
United States of Grace
Writer. Witness. Agitator.
Lenny is the author of “United States of Grace” & “Dear Church”. Born on 62nd and Race in West Philly, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Lenny is a nationally recognized writer, speaker, preacher, thinker, and agitator who has centered most of his theological work in the task of dismantling White Supremacy in Christian community.
Lenny is just another Black queer writer trying to survive America. He loves hip hop, tattoos, Jesus, liberation, and most likely you.
9:00AM-9:30PM : "Dear Church" Book Reading
9:30AM-9:45AM : Intermission/Refreshment Break
9:45AM-10:15AM : Keynote Discussion with Rev. Duncan
10:15AM-11:00AM : Moderated Q&A