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Episode 16: Contemplating Faith and Forgiveness with Pastor and Author, Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran pastor, a former stand-up comic, an author of two best selling New York Times list books, and a speaker.

She served as the founding Pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado. Most recently, she finished writing her third book, Shameless, a challenge to the antiquated ideas our society views sex, gender, and our bodies.

*Please note that this episode explores mature themes and has minor profanity.

Dave brought Nadia in as a guest after he heard her speak at the Nantucket Project and was incredibly impressed with her and the parallels of her words and our No Barriers messaging.

All three hosts sat down with Nadia in our studio in Golden to talk about her own journey to become a Pastor for House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado. From her struggles with alcoholism and feeling lost in the world, Nadia found a community when she entered the world of comedy and became a stand-up comedian. Using humor and her faith as therapy, she eventually began to heal and transformed her trauma into a passion for helping others.

“There is something in us that can’t be harmed… It’s a protected thing within us…when tragedy happens it’s a reliable thing that we can draw upon.”

Now, she has two best-selling books and most recently released her latest book, Shameless, an examination and takedown of the “harmful and antiquated ideas about sex, gender, and our bodies.”

The hosts and Nadia discuss the concepts of forgiveness, faith, trust, and spirit in this hour of reflection.

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Nadia: (music) Forgiveness isn’t saying what you did was okay. Forgiveness is bolt cutters. It’s like cutting that chain between me and that person, or that institution, or that teaching, and saying, “You don’t get to define me. That’s part of my story, but I get to decide what that story means now.”
Erik: It’s easy to talk about the successes, but what doesn’t get talked about enough is the struggle. My name is Erik Weihenmayer. I’ve gotten the chance to ascend Mt. Everest, to climb the tallest mountain in every continent, to kayak the Grand Canyon, and I happen to be blind. It’s been a struggle to live what I call a no barriers life, to define it, to push the perimeters of what it means, and part of the equation is diving into the learning process and trying to illuminate the universal elements that exist along the way, and that unexplored terrain between those dark places we find ourselves in and the summit exist a map. That map, that way forward is what we call no barriers.
Dave: (music) Today we’ll meet Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran pastor, a former standup comic, an author of two bestselling books, and a speaker. She served as the founding pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado. Most recently, she finished writing her third book, Shameless, a challenge to the antiquated ways our society views sex, gender, and our bodies.

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