Our keynote speaker in 2017 was Nadia Bolz-Weber, the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs: Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (2013) and Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (2015). She is an ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA) and still works as the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. “Nadia Bolz-Weber has probably done more than any other pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly-churched Christianity and Christians. The passion behind her words, however, is as deeply pastoral as it is God-drenched and liberating….thus the affection as well as the respect that attend her and her work wherever she goes.” -Phyllis Tickle author of “The Great Emergence”
We also heard from Nancy Frausto, Eric Law and Andrea McKellar. Nancy is the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish speaking congregation who has gone on to pursue ordination. Her experience and passion for the ministry of ’scrappy churches’ (her affectionate term for struggling congregations) has led her to serve two thriving multicultural multilingual multigenerational congregations. Eric is the founder and executive director of The Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. Andrea is the Ministry Developer for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
Read more about each speaker below.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (Convergent, 2015), available in bookstores now. She’s also the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times …Read More »
The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 25 years working with the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Ch…Read More »
Andrea McKellar is the Ministry Developer for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina where she juggles Christian Formation, youth, transition ministry, and leadership development. She is a member of the 2015 cohort of Forma’s Certificate Program for Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation. In her capstone project, “Funeral Home Church”, she shares her story of transformi…Read More »
Nancy Frausto is the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish Speaking Episcopal Church who has gone on to pursue ordination. She is the recipient of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Beatitudes Society Fellowship. In 2014 she was chosen as one of the Future 50 Interfaith Leaders in Los Angeles to watch by the Interreligious Council …Read More »