Who is Mike Morrell..? (Or, what can be intelligibly said about him?)
Thanks for spending some time on my blog. Just who am I, anyway? That’s a fair question, and a common-enough one in today’s information age. Yet is it really all about me? Can we really, meaningfully summarize ourselves by listing our interests and affiliations, opinions and accomplishments? Or is this all so much ego ephemera?
I don’t know.
But in the interest of sharing something with you here, here goes:
I’m a wannabe mystic and prophet, husband and father, lover and friend. I’m also a graced, aspiring opti-mystic friend of God in the way of Jesus – like many other scoundrels, ne’er-do-wells, and would-be saints. I live in Raleigh, NC, with my wife Jasmin and two girls.
Vocationally, I’m the Communications Director for Presence, an Integral biblical studies nonprofit dedicated to building bridges – helping us meet one another at the intersection of Mystery and humility. I’m also brewmaster for the Speakeasy Network, the most awesome cohort of faith and culture bloggers and podcast hosts on the planet. (Join us!)
I’m an occasional freelance journalist and publishing consultant. This stems out of my love for reading – everything from nonfiction spirituality and history and current events, magic realist novels, science fiction, and comic books – as well as my love for writing, in many of the same genres and mediums. I cut my teeth as an editor with TheOoze.com around the turn of the century, and these days ply my trade as a freelance editor and librarian for what is arguably the web’s most extensive (at 8,000 links and counting!) alt.Christian web directory, zoecarnate.com
I am a ‘paused’ participant in the Strategic Foresight M.A. program, begun under director Jay Gary. I hope to finish it sometime soon – or see what Jay’s up to at LeTourneau University! My foresight passion lies in the intersection of media, food systems, and sustainable futures, creating usable futures to function resiliently in a generative economy.
I am a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival, and proud participant.
As far as faith expression goes, I’m all over the map. I grew up in the SBC, A/G, and PCA. After being simultaneously enriched and befuddled by the acronyms, I spent a decade being shaped by (and shaping) intentional house church communities. I then became the Forrest Gump of the Emerging Church. These days I appreciate all streams of the Christian family, as well as those of other faiths or none at all. I fellowship with the crews of both North Raleigh Community Church and Trinity’s Place, finding myself in a place of spiritual simplexity – drawing from the vast array of theologies, spiritualities, and praxes intersecting in the noosphere today, and circling around to the primal of joy of all-encompassing inclusion in the great dance of Abba, Isa, and Ruah – and the wordless Mystery that lies beneath.