Keeping a connection with faith during a pandemic

Lutheran pastor, New York Times bestselling author and host of “The Confessional” podcast Nadia Bolz-Weber discusses keeping the faith during these trying times and the future of church services.
4:09 | 07/10/20

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Good Goes Around and Around Probably my favorite time of the week, faith Friday. Joining us is lutheran pastor, "The New York Times" bestselling author and host of the confessional podcast, we have Nadia bolz-weber with us. Thank you so much for being with us. As a pastor, you're used to speaking to groups of people in person, so how does the adjustment to connecting with people from home been like for you? I think it's -- I think it's made me understand how spoiled I've been in my life, to be able to be in the presence of people and how important it is. But I think it's also flattened everything, if you know what I mean, in the sense that I can tune in and attend a church service anywhere in the world at this point. And I think in that way, it's connected people even though ironically, you know, we're so separate right now. Yeah, I hear Ya. It's such a hard time for so many people across the globe, so what do you say to people to give them hope for those who are suffering? Well, I think in a way we're in this really particular experience right now because suffering used to have a turn-taking aspect to it, in a sense if I was grieving then the people in my life who were not grieving could come around and support me. And there's no turn-taking at this point. It's all of us. And I think in that way, my hope is that it's increased our compassion for each other, because we're all sharing an experience. I almost wish we could all have an emotional amnesty day in the sense of really allowing every person to be able to express the grief of what they've lost through this time, the things that are hard because I hear people hedging every time they start talking about what's hard, because they'll say, oh, but I know a lot of other people have it harder. While that's true I sort of miss that experience of allowing each other, our own experiences, I think I'm calling for an emotional amnesty day for everyone. An opportunity to be honest. I love that. I love that, because there's a collective grief about all of this. How do you think what we're experiencing right now will affect the church, religion going forward? Well, I think it will become decluttered in a sense. I think that some of the things that the church has seen sort of fall by the wayside, membership, budgets, properties, I think a lot of things have sort of weighed the church down, that the church is going to be somewhat freed from to focus on what's actually the most important. I think there will be fewer committees, there will be less property, and hopefully more of a focus on what the essentials are. Zwl I hope so, too. I love that. Also something I love, you used to be a standup comic, quite the pivot there, how has that experience helped you as a pastor? Honestly, I have no idea how anyone manages to become a preacher without having been a standup comic first. I understand that's the more common path. It does prepare you for standing in front of people and getting used to them not listening to you. I was very well practiced in that by the time I hit the pulpit. And -- has comedy, has humor helped you and can it help us through this tough time? Any kind of, you know, release valve that we have we need to sort of take advantage of and so, if people find humor in this situation, god bless them. Yeah, permission to release on this Friday. I like that. Pastor bolz-weber, thanks for being with us today.

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