For years I wished I could attend the Greenbelt Festival in the UK—an edgy focus on art, music, spirituality and justice—but it’s always held in August which conflicts with annual family commitments. But this year, for the first time, the US has its own version of Greenbelt—the Wild Goose Festival—held in the Shakori Hills of North Carolina on June 23-26, 2011. Even if I weren’t speaking at Wild Goose, I’d be attending anyway. I can’t wait!
The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. A diverse group of followers of Jesus came together to create this festival rooted in the Christian tradition and open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation.
I love this blurb from the Wild Goose website: “In adopting the image of the Wild Goose we recognize that in the current climate of religious, social and political cynicism, embracing the creative and open nature of our faith is perhaps our greatest asset for re-building and strengthening our relationships with each other, with our enemies, with our stories, our texts, and the earth. In that spirit, in a festive setting, and in the context of meaningful, respectful, and sustained relationships, we invite you to create with us!”
I suspect I’ll be one of the older attendees at the Wild Goose Festival, and it’s possible I will not resonate completely with every perspective and opinion presented—but that’s why I’m so excited to go. I want to be challenged to learn and stretch and grow. After three years of traveling extensively in troubled regions of the world, I am fiercely gripped by the importance of personal relationships and friendship, I am increasingly committed to peace-building, and I am more impressed than ever with the way of Jesus. Wild Goose seems like the next right step on my journey of learning and of loving God’s beautiful but broken world.
What about you? Why not join the creatively redemptive community of Wild Goose!