House for all Sinners and Saints
Denver, Colorado

House for all Sinners and Saints was started by its current pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber, while she was still in seminary at Illif School of Theology in Denver. The small congregation describes itself as “a group of folks figuring out how to be a liturgical, Christo-centric, social justice oriented, queer inclusive, incarnational, contemplative, irreverent, ancient-future church with a progressive but deeply rooted theological imagination.” Follow the church on Facebook and its pastor on Twitter.

Nadia Bolz-Weber is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). You can find her writings at, and her own blog Her website is at She is in high demand as a speaker around the country. She was recently the featured speaker at an ELCA conference, “Follow Me: Sharing the Gospel in a 2.0 World,” which focused on effective ministry in a social media context.

The church is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

This case study was conducted by Research Fellow Jason Byassee and published in October, 2011. 

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