The wisdom of Nadia Bolz-Weber

The wisdom of Nadia Bolz-Weber

A Guest blog from our partners at Canterbury Press …


What if the annoying person you try to avoid is actually seconds away from becoming an accidental saint in your life? What if, even in our persistent failings, holy moments are waiting to happen?

We’re delighted to be welcoming Nadia Bolz-Weber back to Greenbelt this year as she explores the power and promise of vulnerability, uncovering the unlikely wholeness we find when we speak the messy truth about ourselves.

Her latest memoir Accidental Saints takes us through a year in the life of her ministry as she encounters God in the least likely of people — a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

As she lives and worships alongside these ‘accidental saints’, Nadia is swept into first-hand encounters with grace—a gift that often feels less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit by a blunt instrument.

Nadia will be speaking throughout the festival about what she calls the ‘religious but not so spiritual life’.

Read a sample chapter of Accidental Saints here.


Nadia is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an emergent church in Denver, and the author of the international bestseller Cranky, Beautiful Faith. Nobody really believes she’s an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it’s the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way… she’s fine with it. 

“The amazing thing about Nadia Bolz-Weber is that she manages to take her Christianity into corners of life where the church can be pretty uncomfortable going.” The Daily Beast