What is The Wild Goose Festival?
The Wild Goose Festival is a music, art and conversation festival at the intersection of justice and spirituality. It is rooted in the Christian tradition seeking to welcome all regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background or belief.
In the Celtic Church the image of the Wild Goose has long been held as a symbol for the wild, unpredictable, and untamable nature of the Holy Spirit.
The Wild Goose Festival, in adopting the image of the goose, recognizes that MYSTERY is at the heart of the experience of all peoples of faith. It also recognizes that in the face of social, political, or religious conflict mystery is often first to be sacrificed for the sake of security and control.
The Wild Goose Festival believes that in the current climate of social and political cynicism, embracing the mystery of the spirit is perhaps our greatest tool for re-building and strengthening relationships between human beings, and between human beings and the divine. In that spirit Wild Goose seeks to create a safe and respectful space for contentious conversations in a fun and festive setting in an atmosphere open and welcoming to all.
People who like to have FUN! The Wild Goose Festival is not just about relevant topics and probing conversation. The Wild Goose Festival offers a truly remarkable lineup of musicians, artists, speakers, performers and events all in a beautiful camp-like setting in rural North Carolina. During the festival weekend you will have the opportunity to attend talks by some of America's most respected and engaging speakers, listen to incredible music, sample some of North Carolina's famous food, take part in an art class, or just make smores around the fire with family and friends. Whether you are single and in college, a family on a summer vacation, or a retired couple exploring the world, there is something for everyone. The Wild Goose Festival is a pairing of the fun and joy that comes from great relationships and the keen insight and engaged conversations of people who truly desire to transform their world.
June 23-26 2011
The first Wild Goose Festival is being held at a beautiful farm outside Pittsboro, North Carolina called Shakori Hills. Shakori Hills is approximately one hour from Durham, North Carolina in some of the most beautiful farm country America has to offer.
People of faith and spirituality have long grappled with issues surrounding sexuality. At the recent Wild Goose Festival, speakers discussed the Emerging Church's attitude toward the LGBTQ community. "There's a 300 pound gorilla in the room, let's talk about it," said Jay Bakker, a co-pastor at the Brooklyn-based Revolution NYC church. Wild Goose organizers identify with the Emerging Church, an anti-hierarchy, pro-social justice Christian movement that looks at biblical texts as being more fluid than in the past, all in response to generational and cultural changes.Read full article...
Organizers of the Wild Goose Festival, held last month in North Carolina, identify with the Emerging Church, a movement described by some scholars as the biggest shift in Christianity since the Reformation. Adherents say the Emerging Church is anti-hierarchy, pro-social justice, and looks at biblical texts as being more fluid than in the past, all in response to generational and cultural changes. "People are going to create new versions of what Christian community looks like," says Doug Pagitt, an author, pastor and festival participant. "It doesn't mean the old are going to go away -- they're going to lose influence, though, in my view -- they're going to open pathways for new expressions to take place."Read full article...