Mike Morrell http://mikemorrell.org Opti-mystic meditations on Spirit, Culture, & Permaculture Wed, 17 May 2017 17:05:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 28121023 Garden Table Apocalypse | Diana Butler-Bass http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/garden-table-apocalypse-diana-butler-bass/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/garden-table-apocalypse-diana-butler-bass/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 16:17:36 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5926

Mike’s note: The following reflection from Diana Butler Bass – an excerpt from her book Grounded: Finding God in the World – is part of a special guest-post series anticipating this November’s Gospel of Peace Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This unprecedented gathering, taking place November 2-4, 2017, features Diana, Richard Rohr, Stanley Hauerwas, Danielle […]]]>
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The Proclamation of Basic Goodness | Ben Riggs http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/the-proclamation-of-basic-goodness-ben-riggs/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/05/the-proclamation-of-basic-goodness-ben-riggs/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 02:33:10 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5902

Mike’s note: What follows is a meditation in the vein of Finding God in the Body, Ben Riggs’ manifesto for embodied spirituality. Interested in a review copy? We still have a few copies for qualified bloggers via Speakeasy. Find out more here! “They took up stones to stone him,” John writes in Chapter 10, Verse 31. Jesus […]]]>
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God is Alive, Magic is Afoot | Leonard Cohen http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/god-is-alive-magic-is-afoot-leonard-cohen/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/god-is-alive-magic-is-afoot-leonard-cohen/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 03:44:37 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5880

Mike’s note: This is one of my favorite poems celebrating the unexpected splendor of new life out of anticipated death. Happy Easter, all you resurrection artists. God is alive, magic is afoot God is alive, magic is afoot God is afoot, magic is alive Alive is afoot, magic never died God never sickened Many poor […]]]>
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Jesus Is Our Peace | Stanley Hauerwas http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/jesus-peace-stanley-hauerwas/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/jesus-peace-stanley-hauerwas/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 02:18:07 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5860

Mike’s note: The following reflection from Dr. Stanley Hauerwas is part of a special guest-post series anticipating this November’s Gospel of Peace Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This unprecedented gathering, taking place November 2-4, 2017, features Dr. Hauerwas, Diana Butler-Bass, Richard Beck, Douglas Campbell, Danielle Shroyer, Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, Michael Hardin, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and […]]]>
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Blessed are the Weird | Jacob Nordby http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/blessed-weird-mystics-jacob-nordby/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/04/blessed-weird-mystics-jacob-nordby/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:29:38 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5871

Mike’s note: What follows is an excerpt from Blessed are the Weird, a field manual for reclaiming your creative soul and healing the world. Interested in a review copy? We still have a few eBook copies for qualified bloggers via Speakeasy. Find out more here! Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. – Rumi Let’s wade into the deep end […]]]>
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Psalm 32 – Opening to You. http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/psalm-32-opening/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/psalm-32-opening/#comments Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:58:24 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5847

Happy is the one who is forgiven Whose wound is healed Happy the one restored to your harmony In whose spirit there is no more deceit When I held my silence My bones grew brittle with crying all day For by day and night your hand lay heavy on me And my life’s moisture dried […]]]>
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Nonviolent Power | Bayard Rustin, Gareth Higgins http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/nonviolent-power-bayard-rustin-gareth-higgins/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/nonviolent-power-bayard-rustin-gareth-higgins/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:15:59 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5827

Today I’m sharing a powerful reflection from the late Bayard Rustin, notable change-maker for civil rights, nonviolence and a reconciled world. I have to state up-front that I share this reflection with some trepidation. If you’re white and reading this, I invite you to resist with me the temptation to idealize Rustin’s courageous nonviolent approach as the ‘ideal behavior’ […]]]>
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When Things Close In | Rainer Maria Rilke http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/things-close-rainer-maria-rilke/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/03/things-close-rainer-maria-rilke/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:18:55 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5817

It feels as though I make my way through massive rock like a vein of ore alone, encased. I am so deep inside it I can’t see the path or any distance: everything is close and everything closing in on me has turned to stone. Since I still don’t know enough about pain, this terrible […]]]>
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For White People Who Want the Racist Nightmare to End, We Must Reclaim Our Lives from Anti-Black Racism | Chris Crass http://mikemorrell.org/2017/02/white-people-want-racist-nightmare-end-must-reclaim-lives-anti-black-racism-chris-crass/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/02/white-people-want-racist-nightmare-end-must-reclaim-lives-anti-black-racism-chris-crass/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:04:08 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5806

In honor of Black History Month, I’ve asked a number of friends and colleagues to contribute guests posts sharing their wisdom about how to live in a world where so much is shifting, and so much stays exactly the same. I encourage you to let these words sink in. – Mike We who are the descendants […]]]>
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The Rise of the New White Church | Billy Michael Honor http://mikemorrell.org/2017/02/rise-new-white-church-billy-michael-honor/ http://mikemorrell.org/2017/02/rise-new-white-church-billy-michael-honor/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:10:24 +0000 http://mikemorrell.org/?p=5780

In honor of Black History Month, I’ve asked a number of friends and colleagues to contribute guests posts sharing their wisdom about how to live in a world where so much is shifting, and so much stays exactly the same. I encourage you to let these words sink in. – Mike I recently viewed Raoul Peck’s […]]]>
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