After the Goose, a Rough Week, and Simplicity

Dear friends, my apologies for taking such a long time between posts. As you may know, I was at the Wild Goose East Festival June 21-24. Indeed, Jana Riess (author of the delightful book Flunking Sainthood) wrote a very kind piece on her blog about the talk I gave on Sunday morning at the Wild Goose Festival. You can read it by following this link: Five Gifts of Contemplative Prayer. One of the reasons I didn't write anything after returning to Georgia (aside from being rather exhausted for … [Read more...]

Patheos & the Wild Goose

Today Fran and Rhiannon and I are driving up to North Carolina for the second annual Wild Goose Festival. Will we see you there? We'll be there all day Friday and Saturday and at least part of the day Sunday. I'll be speaking on Celtic Spirituality Saturday evening, and on "Contemplation as a Subversive Act" Sunday morning. Of course, my Internet access will be spotty and confined to my iPhone over the next few days, so I don't anticipate spending much (if any time) on this blog, or Facebook, … [Read more...]

My Topics at the Wild Goose Festival

It's only three weeks until the second annual East Coast Wild Goose Festival! I hope you're making plans to be there — it will be three days of amazing teaching, music, art, and worship, built around the themes of spirituality, art and justice. To learn more about the festival (which takes place in North Caroline June 21-14) and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.wildgoosefestival.org. The schedule is still subject to change, but it looks like I will be speaking Saturday evening and … [Read more...]

My latest Day1 Post

For the "Key Bloggers" feed at www.day1.org, I've written a short piece on "Why the Wild Goose Festival Matters." Please go check it out: www.day1.org/3136-why_the_wild_goose_festival_matters … [Read more...]

My favorite moments at the Wild Goose Festival…

Here in no particular order are ten moments that mattered to me at the Wild Goose Festival. 1. Hearing Paul Knitter talk about "dual belonging" as a way to integrate Christian faith with wisdom from other traditions. 2. Enjoying the "Wild Goose Brew" with Tim and Suzanne. 3. Doug Pagitt's talk about Christianity in the "Inventive Age." 4. Tearing up as I told Gareth Higgins about my daughter's health issues. 5. The Patheos party on Thursday night, conversing with the likes of Troy Bronsink, … [Read more...]

Images from the Wild Goose Festival

I'm home from the Wild Goose Festival. What an amazing experience it was! Hopefully I'll find the time sometime soon to write about the experience. But in the meantime, here are a few photos to give you a glimpse of the experience. The first two photos I took using my iPhone; the other two are courtesy of conference attendee Christine M. Anderson. … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity and Mysticism?

In just a few days I will head out to the Wild Goose Festival, where I will be speaking on "Contemplation as a Subversive Act" and participating in a dialogue on the question of "How can I truly love those whose values are hostile to my own?" (riffing on Matthew 5:44). I'm excited about this event, not least because many people I admire, from Richard Rohr to John Dear to Phyllis Tickle to Shane Claiborne to Brian McLaren, etc. etc. etc., will be there. The Goose is getting a lot of press, from … [Read more...]

Wild Goose Festival Trailer!

Here's a little video to watch (and share with your friends) about the Wild Goose Festival. … [Read more...]

A Flock of CDs (for the Wild Goose Festival)

Following up on last Sunday's post of books by folks appearing at the Wild Goose Festival, here's a gallery of selected CDs by some of the musicians who likewise are expected to show up at the first Wild Goose Festival, to be held in North Carolina this coming June 23-26. What excites me about this list is how eclectic it is — quite a variety of folks, and not just the usual suspects that you would expect at a "Christian" festival. With the likes of T-Bone Burnett, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and … [Read more...]

A Flock of Books (for the Wild Goose Festival)

Here's a gallery of selected books by some of the speakers, authors, conversationalists, storytellers, and agitators who will be present at the first Wild Goose Festival, to be held in North Carolina this coming June 23-26. If you're like me, you probably find this list of books in itself to be pretty exciting. Imagine the opportunity to hear — and interact with — the authors of all these books, along with a few thousand other creative, visionary, and justice-oriented people of faith. Throw … [Read more...]