Dynamic and Religious Women
Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber on why it’s important for women to share their commitment to their faith.
NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: Me and a friend of mine, Rachel Held Evans, put on a conference each year called Why Christian. And what we do is we hand-select four or five women each to be the speakers at our conference. And we just say, you each have 20 minutes. Tell us who you are, and why are you Christian?
Out of all the crimes and misdemeanors of Christianity, why do you still have skin in the game? Is there something that's beautiful enough about it that keeps you in it? Because we just don't hear those stories enough, and it's powerful. And they're told with such heart and vulnerability and humor.
My life's been changed by being in friendship with them and then watching them in their careers. Most of us were out there doing it alone. And to be a woman-- a younger woman-- in religious leadership who's dynamic and powerful and shines bright-- there are a lot of things in the world conspiring to tone you down, to put the dimmer switch on your brightness. And we collectively say no, turn it up.