Sinners and Saints: Making Space for Compassion in a Messy World - Online with Nadia Bolz Weber

Online Only Spirituality

Join Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber and Reverend Canon Leanne Roberts, Canon Treasurer at Southwark Cathedral for an online event via Zoom Webinar

Lutheran pastor, international speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and founder and former pastor of the Church for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, Nadia Bolz Weber returns to Southwark Cathedral for an online conversation on how Christians might create a space for compassion, forgiveness, and mercy as we tentatively emerge from the crisis of Covid but continue to live increasingly online. Considering issues around confession, judgement, ideological purity and our increasing tendency to view feelings as facts, Nadia will be speaking with Canon Leanne Roberts about her reflections on how we might bring about healing for ourselves and each other through grace, kindness, and acceptance in an environment that can feel increasingly one-dimensional, remote, and intolerant of diverse opinions.

“… what I need and what I have always needed, are spaces that challenge my assumptions, open my heart and increase my compassion. What I need and what I have always needed are spaces where nuance is allowed; where no one is ever only seen as just the worst thing they have done; where the capacity for human beings to be both horrible and beautiful is never underestimated. Where vapid optimism is never mistaken for actual hope. Where needing grace and a power greater than myself is not seen as a failing, but perhaps as wisdom.” (NBW -

All are welcome to come and join this space for conversation, questions, and reflection on Saturday, 12 June at 4pm (BST).

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, Co, the creator and host of The Confessional and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (2013), Accidental Saints; Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation(2019).

She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else she wants to. She always sits in the corner with the other weirdoes.

The Revd Canon Leanne Roberts is Canon Treasurer at Southwark Cathedral, and is also Director of Vocations and Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Southwark.

Born in South Wales, Leanne read music at Oxford University, then worked for a mental health research group before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge, while studying theology at Emmanuel College. She was ordained in 2002 in the Diocese of London, where she served her curacy, and in 2005 became Chaplain of Hertford College, Oxford. During her time there she was a Vocations Adviser for the diocese, an honorary chaplain with Oxford and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust, and received an MSt in Ecclesiastical History.

Leanne plays a full part in the life of the Southwark Cathedral, and is particularly interested in preaching and spirituality. Other interests include psychoanalysis, iconography, sailing, and detective fiction, though not necessarily in that order.