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The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, will speak in Rochester on Sept. 12 as part of the Christ’s Love in Action speaker series and she’s talking about using technology to reach out to young people.

I’ll be there, and I’ll be covering her 7 p.m. talk via Twitter. You can follow me @MarkettaGregory or search for #RocNadia. Or, better yet, join me at Asbury First United Methodist, 1050 East Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance and you can buy them at www.ChristsLoveInAction.org.

To learn more, visit my earlier post: http://simplyfaithful.com/2012/08/23/using-technology-in-the-service-of-the-gospel-and-other-challenging-things/

I’m always a sucker for the underdog, the one nobody – except God – ever sees coming.

Like young David and Goliath, the giant.

Like stuttering Moses leading his people out of slavery.

Like a recovering alcoholic preaching the good news every week that God loves us, saints and sinners.

Photo provided by Nadia Bolz-Weber

That preacher, the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, will speak in Rochester on Sept. 12 as part of the Christ’s Love in Action speaker series. Officially, she’s talking about using technology to reach out to young people. Unofficially she’s hoping to challenge assumptions. About the way we welcome people. About the way we package Christianity and try to entice people to buy our brand. Even about the way we arrange our pews.

I’ll be there, and I’ll be covering her 7 p.m. talk via Twitter. You can follow me @MarkettaGregory or search for #RocNadia. Or, better yet, join me at Asbury First United Methodist, 1050 East Ave. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them at www.ChristsLoveInAction.org.

Even if, like me, you’re a bit more conservative, I think you’ll find value in what she has to share.

 

More about Pastor Nadia

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver. She’s a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics blog. She is author of “Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television” and the Sarcastic Lutheran blog.

To read some of her sermons, visit: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/

My favorite sermon, though, is this one about showing up when people are in need, about standing with people: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2012/07/sermon-about-mary-magdalen-the-masacre-in-our-town-and-defiant-alleluias/

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Her book – where she watches 24 hours of Christian TV – is insightful, funny and respectful. You can find it here:  http://www.amazon.com/Salvation-Small-Screen-Christian-Television/dp/1596270861/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345766791&sr=8-1&keywords=nadia+bolz-weber

Interested in her tattoos? Here’s an article that explains their religious significance: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Tattoo-Faith.html

And, if you’d like a sense of what her presentations are like, watch this video from New Orleans. Be sure to watch the last few minutes. They are my favorite part. I love how she talks about God using not just our gifts but our flaws. Trust me. It’s good.

 

At first glance, not much has changed in the more than six years that I’ve known Miss Maggie. The modest building at 942 Joseph Ave. in Rochester is still drafty and in need of some updates. The “Million Pennies Drive” poster still hangs on a wood-paneled wall and tables sit ready for the dozens of children who will race through the doors after school for a snack, for help with their homework and for a good, deep dose of hope.

Jessie poses with a donated Easter basket outside of Community Lutheran Ministry on Joseph Avenue.

That’s Community Lutheran Ministry.

For 20 years Deaconess Maggie Harris has reached out to one of the toughest neighborhoods in the city. It’s a place where 2-year-olds might not have books in their houses; where 9-year-olds go to school tired from sleeping on the floor; and where 16-year-olds may see more guns than square meals.

But for a few hours after school – and for six weeks during the summer – neighborhood kids escape some of that with Miss Maggie. She reads to them, brings in speakers, teaches cooking classes, makes sure they have winter coats and at least one present under the Christmas tree, and fills summer days with fun trips, free lunches and the idea that there’s more to life than poverty and violence.

For years, Community Lutheran has squeaked by financially. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are good and so are the weeks leading up to summer camp. The rest of the year is tight, but somehow bills get paid and kids get taken care of.

But this time, with the economy still stumbling along, Miss Maggie needs more help than ever. She’s looking for volunteers of all ages to read with children and play board games on Saturdays. Plus, she’d like more children’s clothing to hand out, especially clothes for boys; individually wrapped snacks; household items like irons and furniture; books and craft supplies.

Preparing more than 100 Easter baskets for families served by Community Lutheran Ministry in Rochester, NY.

And she could really use a handy person to paint and tackle other repairs that need to be done around the old building so she can focus on helping kids make the kind of changes that are more personal and spiritual.

If you’d like to help, call (585) 338-2420.

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