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Third Thursday Worship Services, 6 PM
Join us June 20, July 18, and August 15 for intergenerational evening worship! Miss Joellen will be leading a child friendly activity on June 20. Join us!
Sending Party for Miss Joellen, August 4
Join us in and after worship on August 4 as we celebrate the ministry years of Joellen as our Sunday School teacher. We will send her off to Grad School with great joy!
Rev. Lenny Duncan Dear Church Book Tour
July 22 at 7 PM at Central Lutheran Church
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Join us as we welcome Rev. Lenny Duncan to Portland. His forthcoming book, a love letter written to the ELCA, is a challenge and gift to our denomination. Come and hear his questions, vision, and passion. Learn more about Pr. Lenny at www.lennyduncan.com.
From his website:
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.
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Annual Worship in the Park: Dawson Park
August 18, 10:30 AM
Central Lutheran joins many more congregations from Northeast Portland as we gather for an ecumenical worship service in Dawson Park. Bring your lawn chair, sunshade, water bottles, and joy as we gather once again to hear the gospel and share meals together. We will not be holding a service in our facility on that Sunday. Please plan to stay for lunch! More information about how you can support the event to come soon.