Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rainn Wilson, Oprah, Soul Pancake, a space to talk about God

News flash: Actor Rainn Wilson recently was a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s radio show “Soul Series”. The following report was shared by one of the national Seeker Response system regional specialists. A link to both the interview, and the Web site started by Rainn Wilson that was the main topic of his conversation with Oprah Winfrey, are included.

The interview is remarkable for a number of reasons. Rainn Wilson weaves into his conversation numerous Bahá’í teachings, in a natural and comfortable way—which is of course one of his main points. People, particularly young people, are yearning to talk about God, religion, life’s big questions, etc., in a space that is neither dogmatic nor superficial. One of the goals of his new “Soul Pancake” site is to provide that space to explore such topics. This is a wonderful example of an individual initiative, using the internet, reaching out in a spirit of openness, and starting meaningful conversations (remember Counsellor Juan Francisco Mora’s comments about meaningful conversations at the Regional Bahá’í Conference in Chicago!).

I’ll decline the spatula repeatedly referred to in the interview; give me my plate and fork!

Oprah just spoke with Rainn Wilson from The Office on her 'Soul Series' about the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, spirituality, God, religion in such a beautiful, profound way. Oprah actually asks, "What is the Bahá’í Faith." I highly recommend going to the link and listening to it. Hope we all can take something from it.

Rainn just launched a radical new website that he hopes to be a social network in the same way Facebook is, but with a deeper, spiritual twist:

Just thought you might want to know that we had our first declaration prompted by it 20 minutes after it ran. I’m expecting many hits to the public Web site and lots of interest as a result of this interview.

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