Becoming King: How David Oyelowo Prepared Spiritually for “Selma”

David Oyowelo (center) as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the film "Selma" (Photo via Paramount Pictures)

Editor's Note: A few days before the magnificent new film Selma opened in wide release Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, I had the chance to speak with the British actor David Oyelowo who portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the film.  Born in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo, 38, was raised in the Baptist church. His Christian faith continues to be a driving force of his life and work. Below is a transcript of our conversation about faith, film, Dr. King, and the extraordinary Selma. ~ … [Read more...]

Band Aid 30 Years On: Feed, Feel, Heal the World


Do you remember where you were on Saturday, July 13, 1985?I do.On that day in the summer of my 15th year, I sat in my pajamas all day glued to the television in my parents’ living room in Connecticut, watching the Live Aid concerts broadcast live from London and Philadelphia, determined not to miss a single second of my favorite bands’ performances.While I watched the concerts unfold, something happened to me that, at the time, I could not have articulated the way I do now. But even t … [Read more...]

Lila Pays It Forward: Helping LGBT Refugees Find a New Home, Life

Lila Katz

“Whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though he had preserved a whole world." — from The TalmudTwenty-two years ago, when the Aeroflot jumbo jet rumbled down a Moscow runway and took off bound for California, Lila Katz had only one thing on her mind: getting there — finally. Two days earlier, Katz and her family were in their seats on a different flight bound for the United States waiting to take off when a flight doctor for the American-owned airline intervened. Concerned that Kat … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Ina Albert on Changing Faces of Spirit


            “Religion is an agreement between a group of people about what G-d is.Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship."~ Conscious Way MagazineIt was the 1960’s and I went to the right rather than to the left.Someone gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged and I swallowed it whole. Especially the part about altruism and religion being irrational and atheism being the only intellectual alternative.As a follower of Ayn Rand and Objectivism and a Republican-for-Goldwater, I rejected my … [Read more...]

Reblogging from Dave McKinney: Why I left


Today one of the finest people I ever worked with as a reporter resigned from my former employer, The Chicago Sun-Times. Dave McKinney is a gentleman and an outstanding journalist who I was honored to work with for a decade in Chicago.Dave didn't deserve this. Journalism doesn't deserve this. I mourn the Sun-Times of bygone years. I thought you should see what's happening in too many quarters of the once great Fourth Estate.Read Dave's blog post, Why I left.Read Robert Feder's column … [Read more...]



Today, the blog tour continues with my co-editor (the whole book was her idea, btw) Jennifer Grant.Read Jen's blog tour post HERE. … [Read more...]

DISQUIET TIME: Welcome to the Land of Misfit Toys

Inhabitants of the Land of Misfit Toys. Image via

I'm very excited to announce that next week (on Tuesday 10/21), my latest book, DISQUIET TIME: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels hits bookstores everywhere.Let me tell you a bit about the book, which is quite different from anything I've done in the past. First of all, I didn't write the whole thing. Along with one of my best friends, Jennifer Grant, I acted as co-editor of the book and contributed two chapters to it as well. Jen and … [Read more...]

Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!


Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!. … [Read more...]

U2′s Songs of Transcendence


Sunday evening I did something I haven't done in close to 30 years: I went to an actual record store and bought a brand-new U2 album on vinyl, took it home, pulled out the turntable, put on my headphones, sat on the floor, and stayed up way too late reading the liner notes and listening to the songs over and over again.Lord, how I've missed this particular ritual.When I was a teenager, late Sunday nights were when I indulged my secret pleasure by listening in bed (clandestinely so as not … [Read more...]

Images of Rome, September 2014


I spent 10 days in Rome in early September following an intensive course of study on "The Catholic Church in the Age of Francis" at Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (aka the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross) as part of the Church Up Close program.I highly recommend it if you ever have the chance. Totally priceless experience. … [Read more...]