BC Synod Study Conference for Rostered Leaders via Zoom
Exploring Themes of Systemic Racism and Inclusion
Rev. Lenny Duncan
Lenny Duncan is the author of “United States of Grace” & “Dear Church”. Born in West Philadelphia, he is a mission developer at Messiah Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA. 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 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 church faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.
Duncan 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 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.
Stephanie Allen is a housing development specialist focused on building affordable, equitable communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in urban studies. Stephanie’s masters research focused on the settlement and displacement of Black communities and documented the work done in Vancouver to seek redress for the displacement of Hogan’s Alley. She was awarded the 2020-2021 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in humanities, social sciences, education, and business disciplines for her research. Stephanie has worked in the private, non-profit, and public sectors of real estate since 2002 and is a founding board member of Hogan’s Alley Society. She is the Associate Vice President of Strategic Business Operations & Performance for BC Housing, serves on the City of Vancouver’s Poverty Action Advisory Committee, and is on the boards of the Federation of Black Canadians and the Community Impact Real Estate Society in Vancouver.
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Registration deadline is April 12, 2021
- $100 – Active BC Synod Rostered Leaders
- $50 – Retired, Specialized Ministry, Chaplain, Shared Ministry, 2nd Pastor, etc.
- $100 – Guests outside the BC Synod & Ecumenical Partners
- $50 – CTEL Students registered with the BC Synod
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