Wild Goose Festival
The Wild Goose Festival will be held August 8-11, in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The stated mission is to provide space for courageous, imaginative, and participative social justice work, creative expression, spiritual practice, and astonishing music. Speakers this year include: Vincent Harding, Nadia Bolz-Weber, William Barber, and Phyllis Tickle, and musicians include The Indigo Girls, and Phil Madeira.
Organizers say they are called to embody a different kind of religious expression than has often dominated institutions and culture believing the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. They refuse to merely denounce the shadow of the tradition and abandon it. The event seeks to both tear down and build up, walking a path that embodies love of God, neighbor, and self. Their dream is for a movement where everyone is welcome to participate by intentionally building a space to invite everyone to value, respect, and fully affirm people of any ethnicity, age, gender, gender expression, sexual identity, education, bodily condition, religious affiliation, or economic background, particularly the marginalized. Organizers are committed to fair trade, gift exchange, ecological sanity, and economic inclusion and striving for high standards of mutual respect, non-hierarchical leadership, and participative planning.
For more about the festival, log on to www.wildgoosefestival.org.