Three Reasons You Should Attend Wild Goose West

UPDATE on August 17, 2012 – The WGF folks have extended my 15% discount code until Midnight on August 29th, so if you are still deciding if this is an event to attend, there is still time to get a little break on the registration fee. Register here: Wild Goose Ticket Website and use the code, WILDBRC (all caps).

UPDATE on August 12, 2012 – If it helps give you a sense of the kinds of things that are going at Wild Goose, here are two draft descriptions of talks that I’ll be giving.

  • Saturday @ 9am – Panel on difference
  • Saturday @ 2pm – Solo talk, “Are we still talking about race?”
    Still one of the most “awkward moment” inducing topics in today’s church is the issue of race. Some want to just “get beyond it” while, for others, race seems to be the only discourse worthy of attention. And then there are those who “don’t see race” and think that we perpetuate the racial divide by talking about it. Race is a difficult topic, but one that new expressions of faith must address with nuance, passion and faith . . .  so that’s what I’ll attempt to do.
  • Saturday @ 7pm – Solo talk,  “The radical nature of the middle way”
    As we move deeply into the presidential election season, what will it looks like to be a positive presence in the public square? In a world where it seems as if many people – politicians and pastors – find refuge in strident ideological camps, might the radical calling of Christ be to genuinely hear the other, cross the aisle and find moments of grace that strengthen the common good? Lets talk about it.
  • Sunday @ 2pm – Panel on the future of denominations

This Labor Day Weekend near Portland, OR, I will be participating in the gathering known as Wild Goose West 2012 and I would love to see you there! I have never been to a Wild Goose, but have had a good number of friends who have attended the East Coast version that has been in existence for a few years, so I am excited to finally be able to make it.

In addition to this thoughtful reflection from Katie Mulligan, here is some info from the official site:

We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art. The first festival took place in June 2011; the next one is August 31-September 2. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others. The festival is open to everyone; we don’t censor what can be said; we invite respectful – but fearless – conversation and action for the common good.

The Wild Goose is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace. The festival resonates with this image because we recognize that in the current climate of religious and political division and lack of civility, embracing the creative and open nature of our faith is perhaps our greatest asset for re-building and strengthening our relationships with each other, with our enemies, with our stories, our questions, and the other. In that spirit, in an informal setting, and in the context of creative and respectful relationships, we invite you to imagine a new world with us.

Here are three reasons that you should consider attending Wild Goose West’s inaugural gathering:

1 . . . If you have ever wanted to meet these other people that I have talked about in my blogs, tweets and instagram pics, this will be the first event in a long time where my whole family (spouse and three daughters) plus my mom and step-dad will be at the same event. They are all much more fun than I and if you want to play a little Settlers of Catan, we are so game!

Second . . . there are some awesome folks lined up to speak, sing and create, so there will be plenty to feed your soul. I’m speaking as well, but please do not let that deter you from coming because you can also listen to and interact with yahoo’s such as: Dervish D’Light, Nadia Bolz-Weber, No Kind Of Rider, Rachel Evans, Yvette Flunder, Brian McLaren,Fr. Richard Rohr, Alexia Salvatierra, Richard Twiss, Sara Fischer, Susan Leo David, Leslie Melissa, Marley Bonnichsen, Kurt Neilson, Brittany Ouchida, Kerlin Richter, Maria-Jose “Cote” Soerens, Diane Syrcle, Menomena, Linda Hornbuckle, Obo Addy, Josh Garrels, Gungor, Aaron Strumpel, Blacque Butterfly, Randy Woodley, Shelley Short, Lauren Steele, Mike McGonigal, Beyondadoubt, Speaker Minds, Ryan Sollee, When The Broken Bow, Hannah Glavor, Great Wilderness, Kat Jones, Kelli Schaefer, Agents Of Future, and . . .

AND C . . . There is a serious rumor going around that my mom and step-father will be cooking up some chicken adobo, so you will NOT want to miss your chance to experience this yummy Filipino cuisine.

If you do decide to go, the good folks at Wildgoose have set up a special 15% off promo code, so when you register, use “WILDBRC” (all caps) on the Wild Goose Ticket Website and click on the reddish “Enter Promotion Code” link.  The code expires at midnight on August 15th.

To keep up with Wild Goose West announcements on the interwebs:

Hope to see you then, but if you can’t go, I’ll be tweeting and instagramming (sp?) all the while!

Bruce’s Friday Five v6.8

1/ONE – I grew up playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Tobrukyeah, I was pretty cool – so the fact that my all three of my kids enjoy The Settlers of Catan makes my geeky little heart jump for joy. I also love it when people combine passions: for instance this bit of Settlers awesomeness or this “want vs. need” Settlers masterpiece and lastly, for you Shakespearian Settlers in the house, my thespian Eldest child came up with the above Catamletesque illustration.

2/TWO – Quite possibly the most thought-provoking and compelling “open letter” that I have read about the struggles of young adults in the church, take a read of, a letter from an exhausted/exasperate young person who has a complicated love/hate relationship with the church. h/t: Bob Carlton.

3/THREE – First, If you have ever heard been to either of the arts/spirituality festivals, Greenbelt or Wild Goose, I am jealous.  I have wanted to go to either/both, but dates and logistics have never worked out . . . until now. The Wild Goose Festival is coming to the Best Coast and I just committed to being there (role TBA). Wild Goose West is taking place over Labor Day Weekend in Benton County, near Portland, “We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others.” Get your $99 Early Bird Special here, follow the Wild Goose Festival blog and I hope to see you Labor Day Weekend

4/FOUR – For those of you who know about the legacy and work of the National Council of Churches, I am excited about the announcement that the Governing Board unanimously selected Peg Birk as their Transitional General Secretary. As I have mentioned before, I am part of the Task Force on Re-envisioning and Restructuring so it feels like some great movement forward is starting to take place.  [Read full announcement]

5/FIVE – As many of you know, I am a huge baseball fan. Saw these great 1800’s pictures of baseball players from the sports section of the The Business Insider of all places. Who knew? And if you like those, you have to see all 1,3080 minutes of Ken Burn’s documentary, Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns. Even the greatest of baseball fans will learn something.

BONUS 6-10 link love:

6/FOLLOW – For you Drum and Bugle Corps folks out there, Drum Corp International can be found and followed at @DCI_Tour.
7/LIKE – If you are a sucker for cute dog pictures and good people, like Lucky Buddy Petcare, a small business owned by Janet, a friend from my Sacramento high school days.
8/GO TO THIS CONCERT – If you are in San Francisco tomorrow, June 9th, head on down to Yerba Buena Sculpture Court for the FREE, All-Ages “Indie-Pino” an outdoor event celebrating “filiPino/a” independent and underground music. Bands: The Savages, Pedro Gil, Golda and the Guns, The Jack Lords Orchestra and, headliner, Good Night Robot. Event is curated by Jesus Gonzales of the piNoisepop Music Festival. [FB Event]
9/READ THIS BOOK – If you need a good book to add to your summer reading list, check out The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. It reads like a mystery novel, but it’s all true. Creepy awesome.
10/SIGN THIS PETITION – Sign this petition: I could not really believe that there has not been a female presidential debate moderator in two decades. Huh? Add your name to this petition.

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.