Forget the selfies and social media updates of everyone at their best, three-time New York Times best-selling author Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new podcast, The Confessional, invites guests to share stories about times they were at their worst. Guests talk honestly about what led to that moment, what they learned from it, and how they changed as a result. A former stand-up comic and a recovering alcoholic, Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran Pastor and the founder of House for All Sinners and Saints, in Denver, Colorado.
Everyone needs grace and healing, no matter your beliefs. Step into The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber - a carwash for people’s shame and secrets.
Meg Lavery, Storyteller and Teacher
“I knew that I had to do something, I was going to have to let him know, but I didn't let him know. I became paralyzed with fear of telling him.”
Meg lives in a conservation community in the Chicago suburbs with her wife, daughter, and menagerie of rescue animals. She is a middle school Health teacher and coach whose passion is helping kids become good humans. Teaching important topics like mental health, consent, communication, and empathy are her jam. She told her first story at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC in 2015, and is featured on The Moth podcast.
Crushed Episode 1: The Feel-Good Story
In 1998, fans across the country fell in love with the home run race as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chased baseball immortality. Sportswriter Joan Niesen recounts her memories of that summer, examines the history and mythology of the home run and asks why people across the country wanted to believe they were watching heroes.
Crushed is a production of Religion of Sports and PRX. Listen to the full season now at apple.co/crushed.
Rev. Jeff Grant, Minister and Co-Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries
“I was dressed up looking the part, but deep inside, I was just vacant. I just was not someone I was proud of anymore.”
Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div. is Co-Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., the one of the world’s first ministries serving the white collar justice community. Jeff co-hosts with Babz Rawls Ivy the Criminal Justice Insider podcast and hosts the White Collar Week podcast. He also leads a weekly online confidential White Collar Support Group.
Wilhelm Verwoerd, Researcher and Facilitator
“We would also be very conscious of preaching anti-communism because people were saying that the African National Congress, you know, former President Mandela's political party, they were really not liberation fighters, they were terrorists.”
Wilhelm is a facilitator and researcher based at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. A dedicated peace activist, he is also the author of several books, including most recently Verwoerd: My Journey Through Family Betrayals.
Nadia Bolz-Weber: "Panic on the Road to Jericho"
“I spent the entire time praying, and cursing, and praying and cursing.”
Enjoy this bonus episode featuring a story Nadia Bolz-Weber told live at a Moth storytelling event in New York City in 2015.
The Confessional is produced in conjunction with The Moth, a non-profit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The organization hosts storytelling events throughout the U.S.
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Elizabeth Lesser, Co-Founder of Omega Institute
"And that was the moment ... where I was like, 'Girl, you can be a good mother and a happy, embodied woman, but you can't be a good mother and a liar.'"
Elizabeth Lesser is a bestselling author and the co-founder of Omega Institute, the renowned conference and retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Elizabeth’s first book,The Seeker’s Guide, chronicles her years at Omega and distills lessons learned into a potent guide for growth and healing. She is also the author of Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes; Marrow; and Broken Open.
Hardcore Atheist-hardcore approval
The reason I fully embrace Atheism is embodied by Nadias theology. Everything that is wrong with religious ideology is the way humans use it to not bridge gaps, they embrace the worst parts of religion to alienate others. They use it to enunciate the worst part hints of humanity-homophobia, racism and hate. The more narrow minded the person seems to be, the louder they preach “Gods Word”. Love has nothing to do with it.
Nadia wrangles religion from the iron-clad grasp of the religious right and breathes new life into what I think religion was intended to be. She speaks of love, acceptance, and brotherhood among every race, creed, and sexual orientation. She is the light the world needs to turn to.
Reading the religious fanatics who are so sure in their interpretation of right and wrong review this podcast is just proof that Nadia is on the right path, doing the right thing.