Open to the Public - September 9 at 7 pm - Lenny Duncan

Speaker and Activist
The Reverend Lenny Duncan
September 9
7 pm 
Gloria Dei Lutheran
A voice at the intersection 
where the cries of the oppressed meet the Church

Lenny Duncan is the pastor of Jehu’s Table in Brooklyn, a church plant of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  They are rooted in the Black Lutheran experience and have taken an unapologetic stance toward radical welcome by being LGBTQIA or Queer Affirming. 

Fortress Press recently released his book Dear Church which offers a bold new vision for the future of the ELCA and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. He challenges the Church to take on the forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic justice.

I believe that the call of the church in the 21st century is to dismantle white supremacy; that the way of the cross for the entire church is to lay down our lives, resources, buildings and endowments to this cause. That our entire future as a church and as a credible, viable Lutheran witness in the 21st century and beyond is balanced on this alone. That lifting up the name of Jesus means recapturing his revolutionary path, as defined by the Gospels.

What do I mean by “white supremacy”? My current working definition is “a series of interlocking systems, policies, beliefs and mostly unconscious actions that are part of the very tapestry of our society and church, the aggregate effect of which is oppression of people of color and other marginalized identities.”

Read more about Pastor Lenny Duncan:
Living Lutheran

World Religion News: 
"An Interview with Reverend Lenny Duncan" 

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City

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123 E Market Street
Iowa City, IA 52245