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.
Maria Hinojosa, Journalist
“You know, it comes down to a human error, but one of massive proportions because you're dealing with humanity and people's lives.”
Maria is the host of Latino USA and one of the most respected journalists in the country. She also has a new memoir. It’s called Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America.
This episode marks the end of season two, and the show going on a brief hiatus. But I promise we’ll be back with a third season three in the not too distant future.
Amber J. Phillips, Storyteller and Reproductive Justice Activist
“My attachment to success prevented me from doing the one thing that I value the most in my life, which is showing up for other black women.”
Amber is a storyteller, creative content strategist, and reproductive justice activist whose work imagines a world where Black womanhood is an expansive overwhelming experience of safety, pleasure, and joy.
The book I mention in the intro to this episode is I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
When you’re done listening to this one, I recommend watching this video of Sonya Renee Taylor performing her poem “What Women Deserve.”
Jonathan Williams, Writer and Pastor
“So what I ended up doing was being an incredible dick to my father. That's what I ended up doing.”
Jonathan Williams is the Lead Pastor of Forefront Church in Brooklyn, New York. He co-wrote his first book She’s My Dad: A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption with his father Paula Stone Williams.
Joel Leon, Storyteller
“But like being a father, I have to excel at that because a lot of people were expecting me not to.”
Joel was born and raised in the Bronx. He is the author of A Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter and God Wears Durags Too. His recent TED talk on co-parenting is recommended viewing for everyone who listens to this episode.
Kasey Anderson, Singer/Songwriter
“I truly believed that we had gotten Bruce Springsteen to commit to this benefit compilation. And so when I went to present that to the group, I went back through my emails and there was no such communication.”
Kasey currently serves as a program coordinator for a recovery services nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. Between around 2004 and 2013, he was best known as a recording artist, releasing a string of three solo albums and two with his band Kasey Anderson and the Honkies.
Abby Wambach, Soccer Star
“I didn't feel like, oh, I need to call my lawyer or anything like that. I felt like I was totally with it. And then I did the breathalyzer and I can't remember exactly what number I blew, but it was like, I think, two times the legal limit. And I thought, this machine is broken.”
When Abby retired from professional soccer in 2015, she was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup champion, and the all-time leader in goal scoring for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Today, she is also known for her speaking, activism, and writing.
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Fantastic Podcast - Incredibly Meaningful & Entertaining
Thank you Nadia Bolz-Weber for this gem of a podcast - look forward to walking my dog or doing chores - love your prayers to the guest at the end of the podcast - ties everything together in a beautiful poetic bow and appreciate your nonjudgy eclectic approach to spituality, embracing people's imperfections.
This podcast brings joy to my heart and tears
Something for everyone
Who hasn’t done something shameful or bad in their past? I think this is refreshing and enlightening. I happened to discover this podcast at a perfect time in my life where I needed to hear this. I highly recommend this podcast!