Joe Perez: A Short Bio

Worldview Artist. Integral Pioneer. Translineage Practitioner. Author. Blogger. Technical Writer.

I am a Worldview Artist and pioneer in the emerging field of Integral Spirituality. At the age of 33-34 years old, I wrote the groundbreaking chronicle of self-discovery, Soulfully Gay (Integral Books/Shambhala, 2007). In the Foreword, Ken Wilber described my spiritual autobiography as “one of the most astonishing tales of death and resurrection you are likely to find in today’s literature.”

A beloved touchstone for evolutionary citizens everywhere and a beacon of hope for LGBT persons across the globe, Soulfully Gay is one of the first personal memoirs in the new tradition of Integral Spirituality. The book also introduces a revolutionary interreligious theological anthropology that proffers an original understanding of same-sex love as an important example of the self-immanent principle in spiritual evolution and one of the Two Prime Directions of Love.

In 2010, I earned a Certificate in Integral Leadership from Pacific Integral/LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University in completion of the program in Generating Transformative Change. For my final project, I developed a prototype of Lingua-U, the unitive metalanguage which brings together wisdom from many of the world’s Sacred Word traditions. I have also completed the STAGES In-Depth training, a new assessment methodology for human development.

I have seen published my first novel: a fantasy story about a young boy, a bear, and a magical stone.

An Honors graduate of Harvard University in The Comparative Study of Religion with Philosophy as Allied Field, I wrote my senior thesis on the social ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr and Gustavo Gutierrez. I have also studied religion and the human sciences at The Divinity School at The University of Chicago, where I dived deep into the thought of John Dewey and Emile Durkheim.

A technophile, I make a living by bringing clarity and usefulness to technical documentation mainly in the computer software industry.

In recent years I have also earned an M.Div. from The Esoteric Theological Seminary and hold the title of ordained Integral Minister, and hope to have an active ministry one day after I’ve retired, or maybe a little sooner.

A single gay man in Seattle, I enjoy MOOCs, hiking, yoga, and spending time with friends.