Learning Together: Dear Church Book Discussion Series

About the Book

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

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).  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.

Discussion Format

The book will be discussed in 3 parts with an introduction and culminating intentional conversations led by staff member, Kaye Mills. The conversations will take place via Zoom. Participants will be asked to read each section and review the questions at the back of the book for the corresponding chapters.

To participate please register here or contact Kaye or the church office to RSVP for this series and receive the information for the Zoom meetings.

Topic Date Reading Discussion
Tuesday, September 1 Introduction to the book, pages 1-12 We’ll discuss our agreements for our time together and using the questions on page 153 to discuss.
Discussion 1 Tuesday, September 8 Part I: Chapters 1-5, pages 13-74 Using the questions on pages 153 to 156 we will discuss these chapters.
Discussion 2 Tuesday, September 22 Part II: Chapters 6-8, pages 75-112 Using the questions on pages 156 to 157 we will discuss these chapters.
Discussion 3 Tuesday, September 29 Part III: Chapters 7-11, pages 113-151 Using the questions on pages 157 to 158 we will discuss these chapters.
Series Wrap-up Tuesday, October 6 From what we read, we will talk about our learning and new convictions that may have developed through this reading.

Where to purchase the book
The book is available in various forms; physical, audio, and digital e-book. MCLC always wants to promote local businesses; Moon Palace Books on Minnehaha is taking orders and has this book available for ordering. Otherwise, this book is widely available through other channels.

If you would like to participate in the conversations, but do not have access to the technology, or the cost of the book is prohibitive, or you need assistance purchasing the book, please contact Kaye so we can meet that need. You can reach Kaye by emailing or by calling the church office