I’m not in the slightest bit surprised that Nadia Bolz-Weber absolutely killed it at the annual youth gathering of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in New Orleans. After some fear-based opposition because she might swear — and I’m sure also because of her tattoos and views — she was allowed to appear, and was both respectful of the format and authentically herself. If I were a young adult in that audience wondering what role faith would play in my life and whether the organized church had any place in it, Nadia’s presentation may just have changed my path in that moment. Though I personally encountered her way further down the road in my spiritual journey, she nevertheless has had a sizable impact. I am grateful to count her as a friend. Whatever denomination or inclination, I hope you’ll check this out this powerful video.
Inspiring video of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s appearance at the ELCA youth gathering
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Phil Fox Rose is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the editor of Paraclete Press; coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York, helping promote centering prayer, which has been his contemplative practice for nearly 20 years. Raised atheist by ex-Mormons, Phil has journeyed through Quakerism, deep ecology, Buddhism and Catholicism. Now he's a congregant, presider, cook and leadership team chair at St. Lydia's, an awesome dinner church in Brooklyn, NY, and spends as much time in nature as possible. Phil has been a political party leader, videographer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ. A common thread is the process of learning about stuff, figuring it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Follow Phil by RSS feed, email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.