What I *Don't* Want out of the Wild Goose Festival – Shane Claiborne

I am proud to have been part of this shin-dig from its inception… and am so excited to see it being born.  Here are a few of my hopes for the ole Wild Goose Festival.   I hope it is…..

A celebration of art, creativity, and prophetic imagination
A showcasing of fantastic Kingdom-minded projects and missional businesses (not just funnel cakes and university tables)
A spectrum of diverse voices harmonizing without homogenizing – old and young, catholic and protestant (and other), all colors of skin, from many walks of life
Courageous and daring
An uncompromising fusion of Jesus and justice without making folks who are new to either of these feeling excluded  — perhaps a few debates or panels inviting critics to share their voices would be nice
An event that is creative enough to make sure money is not an obstacle to folks who want to attend
Good teaching…. And good music
A convergence of movements
A place for families and kids
A public witness where we can do something together to bear witness or stir a little holy mischief (perhaps a vigil outside a weapons contractor or abusive corporation)
A space that feels sacred –  filled with worship, genuine fellowship, and celebration
A gathering where theory and practice meet, where prayer and reflection are married, where there is good thinking but also good living taught and practiced
An embodiment that displays the unity of Christ’s body, and creatively practices Communion/Eucharist together

A few things I would like to make sure Wild Goose is NOT:

Homogenous
Pretentious
Preaching to the choir
Celebrity-driven entertainment
Branded by one organization or movement
Sloppy with theology
Sloppy with practice
Another Christian music festival
Profitable (expensive)
A passive gathering of spectators
Just another event to go to every year
It is a gift and honor to be part of this little adventure with all of you.  –shane claiborne

P.S: I made a Wild Goose video! Check it out!

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For the next ten days, tickets can be purchased for $10 off using the discount code SubversiveFriends here, courtesy of Shane and his community The Simple Way!

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  • http://gregbarrett.org Greg Barrett

    Well said. I second all of this. A little (or a lot) of holy mischief should be somewhere in the event’s mission statement. :-)

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  • Darin

    Maybe brother Shane should volunteer to help plan it instead of kibitzing…

  • Shannon Lyon

    I was actually looking up speaking engagements of yours, Shane, when I stumbled upon The Wild Goose Festival. I wanted to find a way to have my daughter hear you speak. She is graduating high school and you have been her biggest inspiration not to fold to peer pressure and to seek her own heart and find out what she can do for Christ. After I read your blog, I knew that this was for us so I signed up for botho of us to be volunteers at what I feel will be a spirit filled adventure. I am so excited to tell her that as her graduation present, she will be able to volunteer and be a part of this experience.

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  • Anonymous

    You should protest Smithfield Slaughterhouses.

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  • http://Www.petewaugh.com Pete Waugh

    Would love to come but the Atlantic ocean is in the way!! Will try and get there next year …. Be blessed …

  • http://thepangeablog.com Kurt Willems

    Wish this was happening on the West Coast! I’d be there in a heartbeat. Hope it goes well for you all!

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  • http://www.beyondchurch.co.uk Martin Poole

    Good theme brother, let’s pray for God’s holy fire down in North Carolina. We just did a fire event over in the UK and I’m bringing the experience of that with me – see you there. http://beyondchurch.blogspot.com/2011/06/fire-of-heaven.html

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  • http://brettandangela.wordpress.com Angela

    As for the publicity I have seen it is all of the things you hope it isn’t. Not impressed.


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