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VIDEO: "Pastrix" Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., and is featured in "Cutting-Edge Orthodoxy" in the April 2014 cover story of Sojourners. Although Nadia uses traditional liturgy and Eastern Orthodox iconography in her services, this 6'1 tattooed preacher is hardly called conventional. In a December 2013 interview with CNN Denver, she talks about her new memoir Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint and about her 180-member downtown church. 

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An Edgy Pastor Whose Edginess Isn’t Just Shtick

RNS photo by Sally Morrow

The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is a pastor at House for All Sinners and Saints. RNS photo by Sally Morrow

PASADENA, Calif. — The first thing most people mention when they talk about Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is her tattoos. She has many — most of them religious in nature, including a large icon of Mary Magdalene covering her right forearm.

Then they talk about how tall she is (6 foot 1), that she looks more like the lead singer of an all-girl punk rock band than a pastor and that she (unapologetically) swears a lot — even from the pulpit while preaching.

All of the above is true and part of what makes Bolz-Weber unique among high-profile pastors and so-called “Christian authors.” (I hate that term. The word “Christian” is best used as a noun, not an adjective.)

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