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The Lake Junaluska Signature Series

featuring Nadia Bolz-Weber 

October 7-9, 2016


Nadia will speak three times during the weekend beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday night with worship throughout the event
There will be a concert with The Roots Revival Band on Saturday night
There will be a communion service on Sunday morning and the event will end by 10 a.m. 

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Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times Bestselling theological memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho 2013). Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast and on CNN. Her most recent book, Accidental Saints will be the focus of much of her time at Lake Junaluska.

Nobody really believes she’s an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it’s the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way…she’s fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of four where she can be found writing bios in the third person, lifting weights and walking her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.

"Unforgettable, hilarious, insightful, self-effacing, ironic, and Lutheran - not words that go together every day. Pierced and tattooed, theologically deep, a mom, a fire-and-Pentecost progressive preacher, a stand-up comic ... also an unlikely list of descriptors. A gifted writer, a liturgical acrobat, an honest and outspoken sinner-saint, the person you should invite to your next event where you need a deep, engaging, and surprising speaker - I could only be talking about Nadia Bolz-Weber."

-Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

The Roots Revival Band will lead worship and special music throughout the weekend.The group of singer-songwriter's from Winston-Salem, NC lead worship regularly for the Roots Revival service at Centenary United Methodist.No one ever leaves Roots Revival saying, "That was exactly what I expected."

It's not contemporary, but it's not traditional. It's informal, but it's liturgical. It's contemplative, but it's fun.

Each service is built around one or two "focus songs" (usually ones that are not explicitly religious). They specialize in creating an atmosphere of welcome and invitation that comes through in excellent music and thought-provoking liturgy.

The band is made up of Martha Bassett, Sam Frazier, Pat Lawrence, and Sarah Howell. Lead singer Martha, is regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well.


Program Fee: $100/person

Lodging/Meal Package: $273/person (Includes 2 nights lodging for single or double occupancy at Lambuth Inn, breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Sunday. Triple and Quad occupancy rates available upon request.)

Student Scholarships may be avaialble for lodging and meals

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE Pre-registration is required

Childcare Registration Form

Childcare questions contact: Tammy McDowell;; 828-454-6681

Event Questions?

Contact: Jennifer McSwain Martin, 828.734.0630,

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