New York Times Best-selling Author
Coming to Ashland, Oregon.
Friday, March 22, 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 23, 9:00 am
at the First United
Methodist Church of Ashland
175 N. Main Street, Ashland OR 97520
Provocative Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of best-selling books that articulate an earthy and liberating approach to Christianity, will be coming to Ashland for two unique presentations on March 22 and 23.
Known for her prolific tattoos and sometimes salty language, she is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Bolz-Weber has struck a chord with millions of readers who find inspiration and reassurance in a radical approach to Christian faith that challenges traditional social norms yet nevertheless largely adheres to theological and liturgical orthodoxy.
On Friday, March 22 at 7 pm, Bolz-Weber will speak on the topic Christianity and Sexuality: New Views on Old Prejudices, in which she will explore themes from her latest book, Shameless: A Sexual Reformation.
On Saturday, March 23 at 9 am, her topic will be, Is It Too Stuffy in Here? Liberating Church from Rigid Cultural Expectations. Copies of Shameless will be available for sale and for signing by the author at both events.
Bolz-Weber’s other books include Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People and Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, both listed as New York Times best-sellers.
Bolz-Weber is open about her past struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, and she weaves accounts of her own flaws and missteps – and those of others she encountered along the way – into narratives that are hard-nosed and gritty yet also warm, funny and infused with spiritual subtleties. She is a force to be reckoned with when she walks into a room, with an imposing physical presence (she’s over six feet all) and direct personality complementing her abundance of body artwork. One of her part-time past occupations was that of stand-up comic.
Bolz-Weber was raised in Colorado Springs in a fundamentalist Christian family. She briefly attended Pepperdine University, and recounts that she felt called to the ministry in 2004 when she was asked to give the eulogy for a friend who had committed suicide. Following ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), she started the House for All Sinners and Saints, often referred to simply as “The House.”
Initially her ministry focused on those considered outsiders in society, including the homeless, alcoholics and drug addicts, and the LGBT community. Almost paradoxically, her approach to ministry outside the mainstream resonated with Denver’s more established community, with suburban professionals and businesspeople today worshipping side-by-side with the city’s supposed ‘outcasts’.
Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com and through sponsoring churches. Advance tickets will be $50 for both presentations or $25 separately for Friday or Saturday. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Ashland appearance is sponsored by Evolving Congregations, representing Ashland’s First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal and First Congregational UCC Churches.