Lenny Duncan with Tim Phillips
The author of Dear Church, the Pastor of Jubilee Collective in Vancouver, Washington, and active in various other religious and social good works, Lenny Duncan has his own story to tell in his newest book, United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope (Broadleaf Books). Rev. Duncan will appear in conversation with Rev. Tim Phillips, Lead Pastor at Seattle First Baptist Church.
“Lenny Duncan weaves together history and memoir in a book rooted in journeys across the beautiful and bruising landscape of the United States, where the pointed stare of a Black mama at the Greyhound station and a voice whispering sobriety at a Grateful Dead show become ciphers of ordinary grace. In this astounding book that is both fierce and generous, jagged and hopeful, Duncan makes space for the thorny topography of addiction, freedom, sexuality, despair, and race, refusing to flatten the path for our comfort. Instead, he invites us to walk with him, to see what he sees, to inhabit the adventure and heartbreak of a Black life in a country built for Blackdestruction. A book written with tenderness and joy, United States of Grace points us toward prophetic signposts of what is possible for America, if we have the courage to imagine it together. --Melissa Florer-Bixler.
"Lenny Duncan's tale of escape from the miserable lot that life dealt him is reminiscent of Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land--powerful and beautifully told--but with a twist: Duncan's triumph comes through an encounter with redemption. I can hardly imagine a more profound story of salvation ...This is the work of a truly gifted writer." --Tom Gjelten.