It’s the final episode in series three of our podcast *cries*, and some might say we’ve saved the best ‘til last. We get to it with festival friend and everyone’s favourite Lutheran minister, Nadia Bolz-Weber.
With her usual candour, humour and joy Nadia talks about her experiences growing up within a very particular, conservative Christian tradition, her journey away from Christian faith as a young adult and into other spaces that helped her heal, and her return to the fold later on; building a church from the ground-up, based on all the ‘good bits’.
Plus, we have a refreshingly honest chat about religion, sin, struggle and sex. And that time Nadia had a sculpture of a vagina made from melted down purity rings. (You can play along at home by having a drink of your choice every time Nadia says “vagina”.)
Katherine and Paul reflect on a year of podcasting and lockdowns and we respond to some messages from you lovely lot.
Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.
ABOUT NADIA BOLZ-WEBER
Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, Co, the creator and host of The Confessional Podcast and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (Re-released 2021), Accidental Saints; Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation (2019). She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else she wants to. She always sits in the corner with the other weirdos. Read more from Nadia in The Corners or connect with her and other spiritual misfits in a pop-up Chapel for conversation, daily prayer, and exclusive content by visiting thechapel.io.
LINKS AND RESOURCES
00:00 – Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In
00:47 – Katherine and Paul catch up
05:58 – Introducing Nadia Bolz-Weber
06:32 – Nadia joins the conversation
07:10 – Nadia on Greenbelt Festival
10:30 – Nadia on the Lutheran church
20:40 – Nadia on founding House for All Sinners and Saints
29:14 – Nadia on struggle and optimism
33:00 – Nadia on sex
36:54 – Nadia on negative feedback
39:49 – Nadia on grace
41:10 – Nadia on insults
44:33 – Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Nadia
01:02:04 – How to get in touch with us
01:02:39 – Thank you’s
01:03:28 – Hidden tracks