Come Hang Out In The Corners With Nadia Bolz-Weber
“God, please help me not be an asshole, is about as common a prayer as I pray in my life.” - Nadia Bolz-Weber
Hi there. I am 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).
I write and speak about my personal failings, addiction, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else I want to.
I always sit in the corner with the other weirdoes.
It may feel as though some of us have been relegated to the corners, but here’s the thing: from the corners, I can see the whole room. I love the corners. I always have. It is where I will always choose to sit, because I love outcasts, queers and the girls who talk too loud. I love humor that comes out of lives that have not been easy. I love sober drunks, single dads, sex workers and the guy who lost a leg in the war. These are my people.
So here’s what I hope: that what is posted here is water, God willing, for those planted in the corners.
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Monthly Ask Me Anything Q&A sessions (or as I called it, Q & O, because I don't have any answers, but I have a LOT of opinions).
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The ability to comment on my public posts.
Possible guest postings from some amazing folks (who owe me) :)
Bonus materials from The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber (extra audio of conversations not included in the podcast).
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And of course, the regular newsletter!
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The fact that a group of folks trust me with 18c of theirs a day might not seem like a big deal, but it is. The support from my subscribers gives me the ability to pursue these kinds of projects:
It has given me the freedom to create The Confessional - my podcast with The Moth that is like anti-venom to toxic perfectionist piety. In The Confessional if you tell me the worst thing you’ve ever done, I will exchange it for a blessing.
It allowed me the space to write my Sunday Prayers during 12 months of quarantine - prayers that were desperate, profane, beautiful (I hope) and above all - honest. These prayers were shared tens of thousands of times - and I was told they felt like I had given folks words for what was already inside of them.
It is allowing me to write a new book about forgiveness (from the standpoint of an asshole, not an expert) without having to sell it to a publisher first - and thus have them perhaps more involved in the creation process than is needed.
It allows me to not have to edit myself for the sake of my employer.
It allows me to funnel all the money I would normally be paid to preach and teach locally directly to New Beginnings, the congregation inside the walls of the women’s prison here in Denver. The two large, well-resourced congregation I am attached to here just write checks directly to that ministry because some good folks out there trust me with a few bucks a month.
“And this is it. This is the life we get here on earth. We get to give away what we receive. We get to believe in each other. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly. And we never know what effect it will have for years to come. And all of it…all of it is completely worth it.” - Nadia Bolz-Weber (Accidental Saints)