Dear Revolutionaries

A Field Guide for a World beyond the Church

Dear Revolutionaries

A Field Guide for a World beyond the Church

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When Lenny Duncan wrote Dear Church in 2018, they had a vision for a church that could and would reform itself into something new. After four years, a pandemic, a global uprising for racial equity, and what Duncan describes as "the death of the republic" on January 6, 2021, we now live in a vastly different landscape than the one Duncan wrote about previously.

Lenny now contends that we no longer need a reformation--we need a revolution. Dear Revolutionaries is a handbook for a new generation that sees, clear-eyed, the series of catastrophes we have inherited, the road that lies ahead, and the improbability of victory, yet are still ready to build the tomorrow we so desperately want to be born in this world. The institutional church is concerned with reviving itself. God is concerned with reviving the community within and beyond the walls of the church. Dear Revolutionaries is a book for the community who is ready to rise up and build something new from the ashes.

Casting a vision for a new spiritual future led by the people, Dear Revolutionaries offers a series of peace-building practices that will give readers the tools to build, guide, and care for spiritual community in a world beyond the church.


"You will be inspired by Duncan's strength but also jolted by their anger that the odds are so heavily stacked against all who are trapped by oppression and injustice. This is the work of a truly gifted writer."

Tom Gjelten, religion correspondent, NPR News

"Lenny Duncan's prose has the momentum and pull of a powerful river... Simply put Lenny Duncan is telling the truth; we'd best take heed."

Marya Hornbacher, New York Times bestselling author of Madness


"Fierce in both their criticism of America's institutions and their love for its people."

Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review of United States of Grace

"Duncan speaks loudly and clearly, cutting through the cacophonous noise of cheap love and cheap grace."

The Christian Century

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506479064
  • eBook ISBN 9781506479071
  • Dimensions 5 x 7
  • Pages 112
  • Publication Date February 21, 2023