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...]

Just As I Am

Bridget Jones' enormous granny panties.

I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences…But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are. ~ Mark Darcy (to Bridget Jones) in Bridge … [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...]


At the end of Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square, Papa Frank embraced a man. He took the man's disfigured face in his hands, cradled it in his chest, kissed him, and blessed him.I'd imagine the man is not used to being embraced like that — not by strangers, maybe not even by family and friends.But the Pope is a lover and, as I've mentioned before, a hugger.A photo of the embrace went viral (as it should have): According to CNN:The man the Pope c … [Read more...]


In the General Audience at St. Peter's today, Papa Frank asked the 50,000 or so folks standing in the square for a solid:Pray for a baby named Noemi.Apparently the child, who he had met before the public audience and may even have been among those in the crowd, is gravely ill.Papa Frank said, in part (translated from the Italian but watch the video below where you can see how expressive and funny and warm he is):“And now, I will ask all of you for an act of charity. Don't worry, i … [Read more...]


Papa Frank cares about all of his flock — and just what part of all don't you understand?To wit, in a worldwide survey launched by the Vatican today, questions about how to care for (pastorally) LGBTQ folks and their families were among those posed in a lengthy questionnaire sent round the globe.According to a report from Agence France Presse:The Vatican on Tuesday launched an unprecedented worldwide consultation on the new realities of family life including gay marriage as part of P … [Read more...]

On My Nightstand

Every day a new book arrives in the mail from one publisher or another, or by my own choice from various booksellers (independent whenever possible).Lately it's been a bumper crop. Here's what I'm reading these days:Without Apology: Sermons for Christ's Church by Stanley HauerwasConsider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by Debbie BlueJesus>Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough by Jefferson BethkeThe … [Read more...]

Hey. Watch This. (Updated)

Rob Bell and Oprah.BOOM. Coast (PST) viewing begins at 11 a.m.(Update, 12:45 p.m. PST) So ... Ms. Winfrey let the cat out of the bag: Oprah Winfrey ‏@Oprah 3h@MalikaGhosh@realrobbell there is a part 2 but we split them .. Developing a show with @realrobbell(Drops the mic.) … [Read more...]


The curse of a journalist is never having enough room for everything in one piece. It's an art of subtraction that often is a painful but necessary practice.So here's something Nadia said that I wanted to share but didn't have space for in the original column. After her reading/riffing at All Saints last week, during the Q&A someone asked her about grief.I'm coming up on the one-year anniversary of my father's death (I loved him more than life itself) and what Nadia said is1) … [Read more...]


Today is All Saints Day, the time in the liturgical calendar when we remember those who have gone before us into the More - that Great Cloud of Witnesses who crowd the bleachers and cheer us on while the rest of us play out the game of Life in this mortal coil.But what is a saint? The Bible says we all are - those of us who know and love God.Today in St. Peter's Square, before reciting the Angelus, Papa Frank had a few things to say about saints. This was my favorite bit:“The saints a … [Read more...]