Macky Alston

Organization: Auburn Theological Seminary

Macky Alston is vice president for strategy, engagement and media at Auburn Theological Seminary, where he works to equip faith leaders to stand for justice through the media.

Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002 and served for ten years as its director, innovating a range of programs related to media and religion and training over 3,500 faith leaders - among them many of the most influential religious leaders of our day - on a wide range of justice issues.

Alston is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include "Love Free or Die," premiered Sundance, broadcast PBS October 29, 2012; "Hard Road Home," PBS 2008; "The Killer Within," Discovery Films 2006; "Questioning Faith," HBO 2002; and "Family Name," PBS 1998. He has won awards at Sundance twice, received the Gotham Open Palm Award and earned three Emmy nominations. He has appeared widely in the press, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and The New York Times.

A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, he comes from a long line of ministers in the American South and grew up exposed to the power of religion, politics and the media, as charismatic leaders on the Left and Right shaped society and history for generations to come. Read more about him

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Macky Alston: For Journalists Who Get it and Us, We Give Thanks

Thursday August 20, 2015
There are three guides – journalists with a love for prophetic witness – who I want to praise today and encourage you to check out on a regular basis. I have relied on these three souls weekly to tell me where to look, who to listen to, and how to think about how faith informs public life and vice versa.

Macky Alston: You Have Something to Say That We Need to Know

Sunday August 16, 2015
You have something to say that we need to know. You were not born for nothing. In you, in the terrific, singular way life has shaped you, there is a truth that is yours to tell.