1969 (age 49–50)
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Bolz-Weber (1996–2016)|
|Church||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Writings||Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television|
|House for All Sinners and Saints|
Nadia Bolz-Weber (born 1969) is a Lutheran minister and public theologian. She served as the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado, until July 8, 2018. She is also a two-time New York Times bestselling author.
Bolz-Weber is known for her unusual approach to reaching others through her church. Heavily tattooed, she is considered a "performative pastor". Her work in the church is considered part of "a new Reformation" by scholar and writer Diana Butler Bass.
In 1986, at age 17, Bolz-Weber started getting tattoos, and the ones on her arms mark the liturgical year and the story of the Gospel. Bolz-Weber briefly attended Pepperdine University before dropping out and moving to Denver. She says that she became an alcoholic and drug abuser and often felt like one of "society's outsiders".
Bolz-Weber felt that she heard the call to service in 2004 when she was asked to eulogize a friend who had committed suicide. In 2008, Bolz-Weber was ordained as a pastor. She started her own church, the House for All Sinners and Saints, which is often shortened to just House. One third of her church is part of the LGBT community, and she also has a "Minister of Fabulousness", Stuart, who is a drag queen. Her church is also very welcoming to people with drug addiction, depression, and even those who are not believers of her faith. Bolz-Weber spends nearly twenty hours each week writing her weekly ten-minute sermon.
In 2018 she called for women to send her their purity rings to be melted down into a vagina sculpture as part of healing the psychic damage of the purity movement of the 1990s. At the Makers conference on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2019, Bolz-Weber gave the sculpture to American feminist and political activist Gloria Steinem.
Books and writings
Bolz-Weber writes for Christian Century and Sojourners. In addition her books include Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television, reviewed in Christian Century and The Daily Sentinel (TX), and Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Sojourners Magazine. In 2015 she released Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.
- Salvation on the small screen? : 24 hours of Christian television. New York : Seabury Books, 2008. ISBN 9781596270862, OCLC 221174864
- Cranky, beautiful faith : for irregular (and regular) people, Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2013. ISBN 9781848255319, OCLC 856200505
- Pastrix : the cranky, beautiful faith of a sinner & saint, New York ; Boston ; Nashville : Jericho Books, 2014. ISBN 9781455527076, OCLC 868044878
- Accidental saints : finding god in all the wrong people. Convergent, 2016. ISBN 9781601427564, OCLC 934193175
- Shameless: A Sexual Reformation. Convergent Books, January 2019. ISBN 978-1601427588.
In February 2019, she and her new book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation were profiled by the New Yorker.
- Suderman, Brenda (2013-09-28). "Sinner and a saint". Winnipeg Free Press (MB), September 28, 2013, p D15 Abstract: Call her cranky, call her a sinner, but please don't call Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber "pastrix".
- Green, Emma (3 September 2015). "Why Every Church Needs a Drag Queen". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
- Sentilles, Sarah (5 March 2012). "My Take: Five Women In Religion to Watch". CNN. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
- O'Connor, Colleen (10 September 2015). "Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tattooed 'Pastrix,' Ministers to Sinners and Saints". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Little, Jane (6 July 2015). "Nadia Bolz Weber: A Pastor For America's Outsiders". BBC News. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- Draper, Electa (April 23, 2011). "Pastor turns heads by blending tradition and irreverence: Guided by Resurrection, and a dose of insurrection". Denver Post. Denver, Colorado: Digital First Media. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Michelle Boorstein (2013-11-03). "Bolz-Weber's liberal, foulmouthed articulation of Christianity speaks to fed-up believers". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- Gross, Terry (17 September 2015). "Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel Of Love To Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders". NPR. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Mouser, Jessica (November 29, 2018). "Pastor to Make Controversial Sculpture Out of Purity Rings". Church Leaders.
- Kuruvilla, Carol (14 February 2019). "Feminist Pastor Unveils Vulva Sculpture Made Of Old Purity Rings". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Preyss, Jennifer. "Revelations: Nontraditional 'Pastrix' preaches to reporter", Victoria Advocate (TX) October 11, 2013
- "Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint", Publishers Weekly, 7/8/2013, Vol. 260 Issue 27, p83
- "Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television", Christian Century, 2/10/2009, Vol. 126 Issue 3, p43
- Jim Miller. "Review: Author gives her opinion on merits of TBN", The Daily Sentinel, Friday, March 27, 2009 (Source: Ebsco Masterfile Complete)
- "Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint", Booklist, 9/15/2013, Vol. 110 Issue 2, p6
- "Misery Loves Comedy", Sojourners Magazine. Sep/Oct2013, Vol. 42 Issue 9, p49-49. (Source: Ebsco Masterfile Complete)
- "Nadia Bolz-Weber". Sojourners magazine. Sojourners. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- Raushenbush, Paul Brandeis (11 September 2015). "Accidental Saint: The Passion Of Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber (All Together Podcast)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- Julia Duin (2014). "From Rebel to Reverend". More. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- Bolz-Weber, Nadia. "Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Gets 'Shameless' About Sex". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
- Griswold, Eliza (2019-02-08). "The Lutheran Pastor Calling for a Sexual Reformation". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
- Official website
- Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace, Nadia Bolz Weber — On Being, September 5, 2013
- Voices, Interfaith (2015-10-16). "Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber: Pastor-Punk and Trouble at the Temple Mount". Interfaith Voices, public radio's religion news magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
- Nadia Bolz-Weber Video produced by Makers: Women Who Make America