I have a love-hate relationship with Religion… but I am beginning to change my mind, thanks to Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a pastor who swears like a trucker, is covered with tattoos and was a Wiccan. She is 6’1”and competes in Crossfit. She calls herself the Minister of the Misfits and she wants you to come back to church.
“I find Weber compelling because she is calling you and I back to religion, back to symbol-making, back to confession and forgiveness, and back to faith… because something good happens to us when we are in community.”
Hear My Confession
Bombings, scandals, trust issues, doubt and messy people are some of the reasons that I am not a fan of religion. Faith feels more healthy when I dance with doubt, when I am honest about my own humanity.
I am a Christian and I have baggage: I don’t enjoy messy relationships, expectations (both real and imagined), and vulnerability. I swear, I drink (I enjoy it, but I let someone else do the table dancing) and I am a recovering evangelical. I don’t expect other people to live by my values; my values highlight my issues rather than their issues. I am gloriously fucked up and endeavoring to grow up.
Despite my distaste for religion, I confess that I am drawn to church community. I sense God in spite of the issues that get in the way. Faith is messy, but it is still important. My faith is not an easy one and at times I have almost given up on church. That is, until I heard about Nadia Bolz-Weber.
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