Author(s): Joel McKerrow
A fish in a bowl doesn’t know that it is wet. Surrounded always by its watery environment, it knows no other reality. We, too, suffer the same. Little fishes every one of us. We are inescapably shaped in worlds not of our own making. The fishbowl of family. The fishbowl of culture. The fishbowl of church. The fishbowl of faith. Whether we realise it or not we inherit a religion, a framework for existence, a container that fits and shapes our world. A container we demand to be The Truth. Yet, always and inevitably, there comes a time when that fishbowl cracks, when the safety we knew can no longer contain us, when our world crumbles and the questions arrive. But maybe such moments in life and faith are not to be feared. Maybe, a cracked fishbowl is actually an invitation. A beckoning. A necessary movement in our spiritual and life journeys. An opening to ‘the other.’ Woven dares readers to take a fresh look at their life and spirituality, to embrace the ache of dissatisfaction, and to acknowledge the silent voice that says, ‘There must be more than this.’
Joel McKerrow is an award-winning writer, speaker, educator, creativity specialist and one of Australia's most successful performance poets. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation TEAR Australia and was the co-founder of community arts organisation The Centre for Poetics and Justice. Joel was also the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships and is the co-host of the podcast The Deep Place: On Creativity and Spirituality. Alongside his literary and performance work, he has spent the last 17 years within schools, youth centres, churches, and theological colleges walking alongside thousands of young people from many different religious traditions, in their quest for spiritual and identity formation. Through this work Joel has become known worldwide for being an experienced practitioner and thinker in the space where creativity meets personal formation meets social justice. From The Justice Conference to The Global Health Conference; from the ITEC education conference to the Greenbelt Festival; from the Sydney Opera House to the Metropolis (Montreal), Joel is invited to share on these issues throughout the world. Joel loves to carve wood in his spare time and, with his wife and two kids, he is a member of Eastern Hills Community Church in Melbourne, Australia.