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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.
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“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. https://twitter.com/Maria_Hinojosa/  https://www.instagram.com/maria_la_hinojosa  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.
“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. https://twitter.com/amber_abundance https://www.instagram.com/amberabundance/ 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.”
“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. https://twitter.com/the_jonathanw
Joel Leon, Storyteller

Joel Leon, Storyteller

2020-09-0130:21

“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. https://twitter.com/joelakamag https://www.instagram.com/joelakamag
“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.  https://twitter.com/leasdef https://www.instagram.com/leasdef/
“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. https://twitter.com/AbbyWambach https://www.instagram.com/abbywambach/
Darin Strauss, Writer

Darin Strauss, Writer

2020-08-1129:441

“And then all the emotions sort of flowed and I started crying in a way I don't think I have since or probably didn't before. I was just sort of heaving and then I thought, wow, this is going to ruin me. This is the end of my life. You know?” Darin lives in New York City. His memoir Half a Life won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography in 2011, and his latest book is called The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story. https://twitter.com/Darinstrauss
“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.
Melissa Febos, Memoirist

Melissa Febos, Memoirist

2020-06-0926:413

“You know, it was like very hot - with that particular hotness of a terrible, terrible thing driven by desperation beyond the immediate situation.” Melissa is a literary phenom who has won a gazillion awards for her incisive, honest, colorful writing.  Her third book, Girlhood comes out in the Spring of 2021. I was her camp counselor for 3 years when she was in middle school. https://twitter.com/melissafebos https://www.instagram.com/melissafebos/
“I held Nate's face as far away from me as I could so that he couldn't hit me. And then with my right hand I tried to destroy him” Mishka has an MFA in writing, but prefers to live out of his van while touring as a musician. He is a storyteller, a songwriter, and a shipwreck survivor. https://twitter.com/MishkaShubaly/ https://www.instagram.com/mishkashubaly/?hl=en
“I just was super hungry sexually. I was super out there. I just didn't want to be the victim. You know, I wanted to run the show. And I did.” Amy has a degree in comparative religion from Harvard, but most folks know her as a famous actress. She’s a mom, a producer, an activist and the host of The Challengers Podcast. https://twitter.com/AmyBrenneman  https://www.instagram.com/amybrenneman/
"So I just googled, 'how to tell if your boyfriend is a Satan worshiper.'" Eric lives in Baltimore with his husband. He’s a playwright, a columnist for Elle, and the author of Here For It, a book of essays about how to save your soul in America. https://twitter.com/oureric https://www.instagram.com/oureric/
“On the playground, people would be singing this song, Yo Mama's on Crack Rock. … And I love that song because I love chanting it and everything. And I also loathe that song because it was my truth. I grew up in the height of crack cocaine in poverty, and my mother was on crack rock.” Theresa lives in Princeton, NY with her beloved Kenny and their insane dog. Having a Doctorate, a Masters and a faculty position at Princeton is cool and everything, but Theresa believes there should be more curvy Black women leading yoga classes and as such, has just completed her Yoga teacher training. https://twitter.com/TsThames https://www.instagram.com/beautyyaya/
“I came into software development relatively late in life. You know, I'm in my mid 40s and my training actually started in 2014 inside the walls of San Quentin.” Chris is the founder and developer of Fitness Monkey, an app that encourages the physical fitness of addicts in recovery. https://twitter.com/nukeSchuhmacher https://www.instagram.com/nukeschuhmacher/
“I run into someone in Boulder, and they're like you want to do some speed? And I was like, ‘hell, yeah.’ And I do some speed, and I just fall off the map.... I didn't see my daughter for 13 years after that.” Lenny now lives in Vancouver, Washington where he is doing the crazy thing of starting a new church. His book, Dear Church, a Love Letter From A Black Preacher to The Whitest Denomination in America, is alternately tender and scathing and non-stop truth-filled. https://twitter.com/lennyaduncan https://www.instagram.com/lennyduncan/
“We would see something terrible that happened, like if there was an earthquake or a fire or floods or hurricanes, or a celebrity died. Everybody around me, my family, the church members, we'd be celebrating and making plans to go and protest the funerals. And, you know, at the same time on Twitter, I'm seeing people mournful and grieving.” Megan’s memoir of growing up in, and eventually leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, is beautifully written and absolutely captivating. She lives in South Dakota with her husband, Chad (who she met on Twitter) and her magical baby girl, Solvieg. https://twitter.com/meganphelps https://www.instagram.com/meganmarie/
“So it's not necessarily an overnight thing. And the only person, the only person or people who get to decide if a person should be forgiven, are the ones harmed.” Season two of The Confessional is coming very, very soon. In the meantime, I invited my good friend Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on the show to offer a different perspective on repentance and forgiveness. Danya is the author of seven books including most recently Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder and Radical Amazement of Parenting. https://twitter.com/TheRaDR https://www.instagram.com/rabbidanyaruttenberg/
The Confessional Trailer

The Confessional Trailer

2020-04-1402:352

The first season of The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber will drop weekly starting April 21. Do you have something you’re not proud of that you’d like to confess? Leave a voicemail at 618-CONFESS, that’s 618-266-3377, and we may play it on an upcoming episode.
Comments (7)

Beth Waugh

Oh, this was so beautiful and amazing.

Sep 15th
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Barbara Aldrich

Oh my, how that tugged at my heart. Hearing the Lutheran church in the 1960s tell me I wasn't right because I was gay. I loved the faith and Lutheran doctrine and rights, but left the church at 19. I always felt such a deep loss. I wandered in the wilderness for the next 30 years. I never believed God condemned me. But, oh boy, the church sure did!!!

Sep 2nd
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Susan Larson

I recently did something regrettable and feel remirse. What i did was brought on by triggered C-PTSD. While I own what i did, and don't excuse it, there's a reason behind it. This was comforting.

Aug 25th
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Terra Jean

l love this podcast!

Jul 10th
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Hessah

I didn’t expect this conversation to be inspiring. Chris paid a price for what he did and it’s not easy to learn to forgive yourself: He is right when he said that without learning/attempting to forgive himself, he wouldn’t where he is today. Good look Chris

Jun 22nd
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Sarah Garcia

Preach!! I'm a Wiccan [20ish years] married (5 years ) to a lifelong Evangelical Christian. We have a wonderful 4.5 y/o. He's raised in both faiths. We differ on religion (obviously), politics and favorite hockey teams (😆). You know, all the important stuff. We often wonder, if we can get along, even grow; why can't others? Great message, much love.

Apr 24th
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