Happy 80th Birthday to Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis and I. (photo by Courtney Perry)

Happy 80th birthday to you, Phyllis Tickle.

You are simply one of the smartest, most beautiful women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  In you I have found inspiration to pray, to write, to love God, to cherish the sacraments, to think historically, to age gracefully and to, when necessary, swap clothing and die laughing.

Yesterday when I spoke to you, the first thing you said was “kiddo, I pray for you every single day”.  I’m certain you do.  You’re just like that, and I am grateful.

Bless you, old gal. You are so loved and cherished by so many.  Thank you for your work and for the way you love.  Someday I hope to become the person you seem to think me to be.


About Nadia Bolz Weber

I am the founding Pastor at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. We are an urban liturgical community with a progressive yet deeply rooted theological imagination. Learn more at www.houseforall.org

  • http://hopefullyknown.com/ Tamara Rice

    I love Phyllis!! I have had the pleasure of encountering her once in real life and exchanged some emails as well several years ago. What a woman. Amazing photo. Thanks for celebrating her and wishing her happy birthday here!!

  • Nancy Kelly

    Too funny! I am just looking Phyllis up on Google as I am (attempting) to write a paper on her theology for a class. Seems strangely coincidental that today is her 80th Birthday.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonmspangler Jon Spangler

    I LOVE the “cross-dressing”! :-) (At least I do not recall ever seeing tattoos on Phyllis’ arms the last time I saw her… )

  • LM Santarossa

    Totally love the pic. I love Phyllis too. So brilliant, so insightful, so many wonderful things. She’s a gift to the publishing world I was in for so many years.

  • renee altson

    she wrote the foreword to my book back in 2004, and i will be forever grateful for her words and her kindness.

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