Abolition and the Wild Goose Festival – Melvin Bray

Tiny Melvin

The United States government’s support of slavery was based on an overpowering practicality. In 1790, a thousand tons of cotton were being produced every year in the South. By 1860, it was a million tons. In the same period, 500,000 slaves grew to 4 million. [How's that for workforce efficiency: 1000 times the output for [Read More...]

Real Peace in Our Time – Gareth Higgins

When I was growing up, I was always afraid of violence.  Northern Ireland was a European centre of politically-motivated killing for most of my childhood.  Politicians and public officials were killed all the time.  Political activists who espoused violence were often killed too.  And people who had no direct involvement in either politics or violence [Read More...]

Why I’m Taking the Kids to Wild Goose: Mark Yaconelli

“It takes three things to attain a sense of significant being: God, a soul, and a moment.” –Abraham Heschel Wild Goose is a moment–a moment in North America where creativity, compassion, and community can be felt and celebrated.   My sons are both entering their adolescence.  Adolescence is when the veil of childhood slips away and [Read More...]


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