Actor Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office, has debuted a new community Website, SoulPancake.com, to provide a venue for thoughtful, irreverent, and real conversations about creativity, spirituality, and what it means to be human.
The first-of-its-kind site, which was in beta testing for nearly a year, has experienced heavy traffic and rapid growth: Since its launch, it has had more than 7 million page views from 2 million visitors across 212 countries. “SoulPancake is about creative expression as a form of ‘worship’—a way to connect with the world and with the rest of the people on the planet,” Wilson says.
SoulPancake.com ladles up thought-provoking, sometimes humorous content, including provocative Life’s Big Questions; exclusive videos; articles and interviews; and creative challenges. Wilson will also host his own mini-talk show on the site called “Metaphysical Milkshake,” where he interviews various noteworthy people about the intersection of faith and art.
User engagement is rich on the site, as well. Take the Question Collective, which encourages the more than 28,000 users registered on SoulPancake.com to pose their own questions and engage in the debate that follows. The section has emerged as one of the greatest drivers of honest, deep, interactive, and thoughtful dialogue on the site. In fact, these discussions often scale into threads with hundreds of responses in a matter of minutes.
“We wanted to get people talking,” Wilson says. “These are the questions everyone thinks about and no one has the guts to pose. At SoulPancake.com, you can ask. In fact, we command you to ask.”
A sampling of recent Life’s Big Questions posed on the site:
· If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
· If you had one hour left on earth, how would you spend it?
· What does art have to do with the soul? Continue reading