Why the Goose is Unforgettable to Me: Jim Wallis

My life changed when I went to a Christian festival in the UK in the 1990s. The same could happen to you if you come to the Christian music and social justice festival happening in the U.S. this summer — which I am about to tell you about! People often ask me how I met [Read More...]

About our Venue: Shakori Hills

As regular readers of our blog know, the first Wild Goose Festival will take place at in the Southeastern United States in just two short months. We’d like to tell you a bit more about our venue: Shakori Hills in Silk Hope, near Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Shakori Hills is a beautiful site, operated by a [Read More...]

Wild Goose Festival Lineup Announcement: Conversations!

After a brief hiatus to renovate the site, we’re happy to be back strong with the blog this week! We’ll be delving more in-depth into our lineup of speakers, musicians, storytellers and other program elements for the festival in coming weeks. Today we’d like to focus on our Conversations lineup – women and men who [Read More...]

What Do We Want This To Be? How Are We Going To Get There?

Is it really only 70 days ’till the Wild Goose Festival? In the midst of all our planning, it’s been challenging to find the time to blog about it!  We’ve been making good progress, though, and we’re committed to posting frequently, beginning this week. And we’re happy to announce Patheos as our new blogging home! [Read More...]

Friends of the Goose

Carl McColman is a friend of Wild Goose. Just this week he posted: Like Greenbelt, Wild Goose will be a time for exploring the nexus between faith, art, and politics. Themes such as social justice, care for the environment, and community building will be woven together with inspirational music, art, and lectures, presenting a variety [Read More...]

10 in 2010: A Retrospective

For the past decade people have been dreaming about a North American festival that celebrates uncommon ground in justice, spirituality, and the arts. In 2011, the Wild Goose Festival will take place. But 2010 has proven to be a pivotal year of bringing this dream into reality. What follows are the Top 10 Wild Goose [Read More...]

Behind the Mask of the American Prison System: Erin Parish & Steve Pavey

Wild Goose exists at the intersection of justice and spirituality, and we’re opening spaces for reflection and action around key questions of the common good.  Our first festival will have a specific emphasis on the criminal justice system itself.  Erin Parish and Steve Pavey introduce this theme: When we think about social justice issues that matter, how [Read More...]

My Wild Goose Chase – Julie Clawson

I love the use of the Celtic “wild goose” as the symbol of this gathering exploring creativity, justice, and spirituality.  It evokes that other distinctly Celtic idea of peregrinati – journeys or wanderings of an undefined but spiritual nature.  It is the wild goose flying where it will, exploring new territories and discovering new horizons [Read More...]

Hybels, Twiss & Witmer – More Lineup Announced

We’re adding to the growing list of Wild Goose speakers today with three new additions who embody our trinity of themes of justice, spirituality, and art. Lynne Hybels married Bill Hybels in in 1974, back when Bill was still a youth pastor. A year later they started Willow Creek Community Church. Though Lynne had intended [Read More...]

New Wild Goose Website Debuts!

And we have liftoff! This has been a big week in our Wild Goose 2011 countdown, as we met with potential collaborators in North Carolina at the Big Tent Christianity conference.  Interest is building in every area of the festival, from arts and music to children’s spiritual formation to our 2011-2012 justice emphasis…stay tuned! Connect [Read More...]

New Frontiers of Community, Communication

An announcement shook the publishing world today – Barnes & Noble, America’s most venerable bookstore chain, is up for sale. As the New York Times put it, The news surprised analysts and alarmed publishers, who have watched as the book business has increasingly shifted to online retailers and e-book sales, leaving both chains and independent [Read More...]

Trumpet Your Vuvuzela for the Wild Goose!

For millions of fans the world over, it’s difficult to accept: The historic 2010 World Cup, hosted by South Africa, has drawn to a close. Nearly two weeks ago, an unforgettable closing ceremony at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium featured Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel, marking the close of the most-watched World Cup yet. [Read More...]


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