By Lenny Duncan — a black pastor in Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), who draws a direct line between the ELCA’s lack of diversity and the church’s lack of vitality. Argues that the problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers. Offers a vision for the future not only for the ELCA but for the broader mainline Christian community of faith as well. 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. Read more.