Lenny Duncan (he/him) is a follower of Jesus Christ and is in a passionate love affair with grace. Lenny spent most of his teens homeless after leaving home at age 13. He has spent time in all 48 contiguous states, sleeping by the side of the highway or in penthouses along the way. He has been a prisoner of war in the so-called war on drugs. After systemic oppression or drugs didn’t kill him, Lenny found himself in a strange place: the church. 

Lenny has been everything from high school drop out, drug dealer, sex worker, street corner poet, hitchhiker, dharma bum, small town drifter, seminarian, political activists, father, pastor, lover, public theologian, and writer. Now he thrives in the PNW. 

He serves as Public Theologian at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkley CA, brininging a BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ perspective, hermeneutic and ethic to a theologically liberating 2 year certificate program being created in partnership and the Rev. Dr Donna Allen and PLTS.

He also serves as the Pastor of the Jubille Collective a community organized around the idea that maybe Jesus is anti-racist and loves queer, trans, two spirited people too. You can find out more about this community, including joining the online cohort here.

in the broken shadow places—where most of my generation fell in-between the cracks of this society, where the music swelled and the lost, forsaken and disposed lived—it is there that I experienced the God that I know today.“- Lenny “United States of Grace”