Nadia Bolz-Weber Talks Tattoos, Resurrection, and God's Disruption (video)

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:50am
Nadia Bolz-Weber Talks Tattoos, Resurrection, and God's Disruption (video)

Every so often, Krista's interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Head of Content / Executive Editor for On Being
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"That's kind of creepy."

That was Nadia Bolz-Weber's off-the-cuff, comic response to Krista telling the tattooed Lutheran pastor that she's been following her for quite some time. Every so often, Krista's interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments. (Yes, I'm biased.)

Their energy is dynamic. The enthusiasm of the crowd, palpable. Humor and laughter fills the big-top tent and infuses the conversation. And, it's what didn't make it into the produced podcast that shouldn't be missed: an interruption, a disruption that usually is an event-killer. But, somehow, in the context of the Wild Goose Festival, it became a moment of opportunity and community bonding together through communal song. What's the song? Watch and see... and sing along.

This August our production crew traveled to the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We arranged a series of interviews with many great thinkers, including the Indigo Girls, Brian McLaren, and other folks we've had on our "big list" of guests. Nadia Bolz-Weber was also one of them. She's the pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the bicycles, and serious liturgy come together. She's a face of the Emerging Church. She's redefining what church is, with deep reverence for tradition.

This is the unedited, unabridged version of their interview, recorded with a live audience at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. And it's not to be missed.

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Pure magic, that wake up to the radio with Kirsta Tippett thing!
That is how I discovered and came to love, John O'Donohue.
If we are 'meant' to hear something, the Universe will find a
way to get our attention. I know, right? (Of course you have to
be WILLING first, me thinks.)

No go. Won't play.

Thank you for sharing this. I had not previously heard of Nadia, but am now interested in learning more about her journey, not necessarily of becoming a pastor, but of being human. She's so eloquent at sharing both her mistakes and triumphs, and recognizing the power of both in making her a better person.

The video works perfectly on iPhone. Great program.

I can play it on my old iPad, and it is so worth hearing. Thank you.

Wish this would play . . .

No video, no audio, so sad

Thank you Mike, that vimeo link is live.
Again: http://vimeo.com/73913123

I was looking forward to this interview---but it far exceeded my hopes. I will listen many, many times. Thank you!!!!

A touching, heartfelt and reverent expose on the emerging church. I have never heard the Gospel preached in the middle of a NPR show but I did today. I also understand more about tattoos now. I will pray for Nadias Bishop. He/she needs it. What a voice for redemption, grace, and the love of God. Thank you for this piece.

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