Bad Religion

Ordained Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber took a rare path when she created the House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church that truly opens its door to anyone, regardless of gender, race, beliefs, philosophy or choices in body art.

"I wanted to start a church that I would want to go to; I didn't find any churches that I felt I could be myself at," she told Westword in an interview last year. "I have sleeve tattoos, I swear like a truck driver — the sort of piety around being a person of faith never really fit my personality. So I started a church that felt like [a place where] me and my friends didn't have to 'culturally commute' to go to, if that makes sense."

Now, Bolz-Weber has put the whole unconventional process of how that happened and why into words for her book, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint ($22, Jericho Books), a tome billed as a "spiritual memoir" that reads much like her own hard-core description of herself.

The eccentric Denver pastor will discuss and sign copies of Pastrix tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Find more information at or call 303-436-1070.
Tue., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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