No Barriers

Examining Collective Grief with Pastor and Author, Nadia Bolz-Weber - Extended Version

Episode Summary

As part 7 of our Alchemy Series, sponsored by Wells Fargo and Prudential, Erik and Dave speak with Pastor, author, and former stand-up comic, Nadia Bolz-Weber. Nadia is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, CO, the creator and host of the Podcast: The Confessional and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: including her most recent: SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation.

Episode Notes

On this episode of our Alchemy Series, sponsored by Wells Fargo and Prudential we speak with Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Nadia was our most popular guest to date was one of our first when we began our podcast in 2018. We knew we had plenty to catch up on and that Nadia would be a perfect guest to offer guidance during these confusing times of COVID-19. An ordained Lutheran Pastor, Nadia is not your typical faith leader. She often writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else she wants to. As she puts it, she always “sits in the corner with the other weirdoes.” 

She served as the founding pastor of the House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, CO and is the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (2013), Accidental Saints; Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation (2019). Shameless was written as a challenge to the antiquated ideas our society views sex, gender, and our bodies. 

Her latest project is her recently released podcast, The Confessional, presented by PRX and The Moth. As host, she interviews folks about something in their lives that they did or said that they are not proud of - something for which they need grace. In creating this podcast, Nadia aims to normalize conversations about being human and to help people feel less alone in their failings. Rather than confession and absolution, it’s admission and benediction. 

Our hosts, Erik and Dave, reconnect with Nadia to hear about her new Podcast and to ask her for advice for those of us struggling (that’s all of us) during this particular time in history. 


Please revisit Nadia’s original appearance on our show: episode 16: Contemplating Faith & Forgiveness with Pastor and Author, Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Visit her website to listen to the Trailer for the Confessional:

Subscribe to The Confessional

Follow Nadia on Social (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook): @sarcasticlutheran

More details on the HBO show: The Leftovers