April 24, 2014 in 2014 Contributors

Featured Speaker Alexia Salvatierra

Wild Goose is glad to welcome Alexia Salvatierra back to the festival this year as one of our featured speakers.

alexia-salvatierra-2-wgf14Salvatierra is currently the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Welcoming Congregations for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She also serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Community Development Association the Womens’ Donor Network, Auburn Theological Seminary, Interfaith Worker Justice, PICO and Sojourner’s. She is adjunct faculty at the New York Theological Seminary and Biola University, and has lectured at Fuller Seminary, University of Southern California and UCLA. Her first book, Faith-Rooted Organizing, which was written with theologian Peter Heltzel, came out earlier this year on Intervarsity Press.

Salvatierra has developed a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. This model of faith-rooted organizing offers a path to meaningful social change that takes seriously the command to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself.

April 21, 2014 in 2014 Contributors

Featured Speaker Romal Tune

Wild Goose is so pleased that Romal Tune will be joining us as a featured speaker this June, sharing his valuable insights and vision. Below is a brief bio, we encourage you to also visit his website, romaltune.com.

Romal-TuneRomal Tune has spent his life in service to local, national and international issues-based advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of those in need. He is a sought after speaker, consultant and personal worth coach with a unique gift for empowering people to move from trauma to triumph and create a reimagined life. He is author of the award winning book God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens.

With education at the forefront of his mission, Tune is empowered by lessons learned from his own at-risk youth, advancing the notion that impoverished childhoods can be transformed into brighter futures by steadfastly preparing children for learning. “We all have a stake in bettering the lives of kids when their circumstances are against them,” says Tune. Whether it’s fostering broader community and educational alliances, or enlisting churches to serve the entire community they inhabit, Tune is always in search of the most effective app to develop stronger ties.

Tune is the Founder and Executive administrator of two touchstone entities that exemplify this mission; The national non-profit Faith For Change, which solicits community involvement with high-needs schools to keep kids in school and promote lasting academic achievement, and FFC Consulting, which engages and connects principals, companies, and organizations with the faith-based community at large. By creating complementary infrastructures, Tune continues to successfully navigate the converging tide of difference-makers key to transforming young lives.

“As a person of faith,” says Tune, “I am compelled to help people wherever I find them. God wants everyone to identify their purpose in life.”

April 16, 2014 in 2014 Contributors

Voices to Hear this Year

“Change is a contact sport.” – Romal J. Tune, author of God’s Graffiti

When we decided on Living Liberation! as the theme for this year’s festival, we knew it would require our Wild Goose family to stretch to bring even more justice-seeking, hopeful communities together to learn from each other.

To this end, we gathered a diverse Planning Team, with a beautiful breadth of perspectives. This group has worked collaboratively with staff to develop an inspiring and transformational festival program.

We value the contributions everyone has made to this wild goose chase so far. You will see many familiar faces on stage again this June. Simultaneously, we are excited to be expanding our tribe by introducing great new theologians, activists, culture shapers, musicians and artists to the festival, providing an opportunity for us to live more fully into all God has to offer.

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Please join us in welcoming these featured speakers to Wild Goose 2014:

Romal Tune, Sharon Watkins, Jay E. Johnson, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Jin S. Kim, Stephen Lewis, Brian McLaren, Rima Vesely-Flad, Fred Bahnson, Alexia Salvatierra and Jim Wallis. These folks are in addition to our previously announced speakers: William J. Barber, Sara Miles, Ched Myers and Mark Scandrette. We’ll be sharing the names of our self-submitted speakers soon, too.

All of these contributors will be speaking to important issues such as mass incarceration, immigration reform, community building and intersectional activism.

We encourage you to go to our Speakers page to learn more about these powerful folk. We will be featuring each them on our blog as the festival draws near.

300+ Submit Ideas for June Festival

We were really overwhelmed by the enthusiasm folks have shown for the Wild Goose Festival. There are only about 90 spots for talks, workshops, and performances at the Festival, but we had more than 300 content submissions from exciting and interesting people. Even with some creative thinking about how similar offerings might be brought together in one presentation, there is a lot more that we would like to include than we have space for. I’m incredibly grateful to Melvin Bray, Holly Roach, the Wild Goose Staff, and the Planning Team for their work in cultivating this festival. In addition to all the great submissions we received, we have invited some very special individuals to share the Festival with us. I can’t wait to tell you more as these plans are finalized over the next several weeks.

Rosa Lee Harden 
Festival Producer
April 9, 2014 in General News

Celebrating Richard Twiss


At this year’s Wild Goose, we will be celebrating the life of Richard Twiss, who is one of the inspirations for our theme, Living Liberation! Twiss, who passed away last year, was a Native American educator and author. He was a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate, or Brulé Lakota. He was the Co-Founder and President of Wiconi International (Wee-choe’-nee is Lakota for “life”). A Christian minister, author, and public speaker, his vision was to, “Serve as a bridge builder and consultant, nationally and internationally, to develop understanding, respect and mutual appreciation for one another, especially among Native American/First Nations people.”

Twiss was a dear friend of the Wild Goose Festival, and an instrumental part of our first gathering at Shakori Hills.

Here is a video of Twiss created by The Work of the People:

April 1, 2014 in 2014 Contributors, General News

Popes, lyrical poets, and special pricing

Vatican Pope Youths

Sources at the Vatican have neither confirmed nor denied that Pope Francis will attend this year’s Wild Goose Festival. Probably because we have not asked. In fact, we have been super busy sorting through all of the amazing submissions that folks from all sorts of backgrounds and traditions have offered for this year’s festival.

But you don’t have to wait any longer to find out that Run River North will be appearing this year!
Run River North at the Wild Goose Festival

After opening for the Indigo Girls at last year’s festival, Run River North has signed a record deal; appeared on NPR and other media outlets; and gone on tour with Foo Fighters. We’re thrilled to have them headlining the main stage this year!

In fact, we’re so thrilled, we’re going to extend our Early Goose Special pricing for one more day.

No Joke! This is really the last day to get this price, so get your’s today.

March 26, 2014 in 2014 Contributors

Carnival de Resistance and Ched Myers “Wild” the Goose

We are very excited to announce an exciting partnership with the Carnival de Resistance that will definitely put the “wild” in this year’s Wild Goose!
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Carnival de Resistance

The Carnival de Resistance is an “art intervention” experiment, a rip in the veil, throwing off the yoke of social niceties, restless sanitation, and religious piety to provide a raucous expression of grief and longing and hope for Creation. The Carnival de Resistance is an arts carnival, a school, and a village demonstration project. Using symbols, song, theater, poetry, music & dance, the Carnival makes “church” happen under the Big Top, and then spills out shape-shifting-trickster style to engage with all using games, performance and interactive art projects.
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The Carnival de Resistance is a school that teaches about movement history, resistance cultures and creates a space for the “other” voices to be heard. The Carnival also offers practical skills to build community resilience, support sustainability and strengthen our imaginations. The camp becomes a village where we demonstrate energy alternatives and attempt various sustainable practices in regard to food, waste, and transportation. Come join the Holy Game, and the work to creatively live in tension against the culture of domination and expect for the Spirit to transform us in the process.

The Carnival will feature Ched Myers, Tevyn East, Jay Beck and a dynamic Crew.

Ched Myers

ched myersChed Myers has worked in social change movements for almost 40 years. “At the center of my approach,” says Myers, “is the practice of relectura: a ‘rereading’ of the Bible in light of concrete struggles against violence and oppression. I believe that the Judeo-Christian sacred story is an older, deeper and wiser tradition that has the power to transform our lives and our history–but only if we can overcome its domestication under the dominant culture.” He is a co-founder of the Word and World School, the Sabbath Economics Collaborative, and the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice. He and his partner Elaine Enns live in southern California and work with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

Ticket Prices Go Up April 1

The list of folks who will be at the Goose is only getting longer, and all through April you’ll be hearing about the plans we have been making. If you are thinking about coming to the festival this year, now is a great time to purchase your tickets. Prices are going up on April 1. Click here to get your ticket today!

March 19, 2014 in General News

Festival Planning Retreat

Last weekend, a wonderful group of volunteers gathered in Hot Springs to help craft the content for this year’s festival. With this year’s theme of Living Liberation! in mind, the Planning Team culled through hundreds of submissions of talks, workshops, performances and exhibits. Lively discussions on justice, activism and faith dominated the weekend. The group’s thoughtful process led to the selection of a diverse mix of contributors. We are thankful for the heart they put into this difficult undertaking.
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As a result of their efforts, we have added some names and faces to our 2014 speaker page. You can expect many more exciting announcements over the coming weeks.

Pictured: Some of the Wild Goose Festival Planning Team members and staff. You can see more photos from the planning retreat weekend on our Facebook page.

March 13, 2014 in 2014 Contributors, General News

Taking the Church Into the Streets

On Wednesday, March 5, in a building near you, someone you know was told that they are going to die. It might even have been you. Some knelt while others stood, but each was told a variation on the following sentence: Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

This string of ten simple words are at once disconcerting, utterly lacking in pretense, and profoundly liberating in their simple and unvarnished declaration of the truth.

sara milesThose who attended an Ash Wednesday service most likely received their ashes and heard these disquieting words in a church, which is to say, in a building. But for author Sara Miles and other adventurous people in San Francisco’s Mission district (as well as West Asheville, Lexington Avenue, and the UNC Asheville campus), Ash Wednesday is a day in which the church flees the building.

In her lovely new book City of God: Faith in the Streets, Sara describes the adventure of doing church in the streets, taking the Ash Wednesday service out into the actual City of God. In often lyrical terms, Sara describes the people she encounters on the streets of her city, reminding us along the way that she and her colleagues are not “taking” God to the streets; God is already there waiting.

“While God is remarkably flexible about showing up anywhere–in the desert, in a manger, in a burning bush, or in a prison cell–the eyes of my own faith see the most on urban streets. For me, paradise is a garden, but heaven is a city,” writes Miles.

Sara Miles also sees God in the act of feeding the stranger. In her earlier memoir Take This Bread, Sara chronicles her conversion to Christianity after receiving communion at the altar of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, and her subsequent founding of The Food Pantry around that same altar.

On Thursday, March 20, the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, in partnership with the Wild Goose Festival and the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church will host Sara Miles in a discussion of her work and a reading from her latest book. The event will take place at 7:00 pm in the Church and College Chapel on the campus of Warren Wilson College. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

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The mission of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity is to renew theological education for the 21st century by equipping religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to guide congregations and other faith-based organizations into creating more redemptive food systems, where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world.

The Wild Goose Festival is a community at the intersection of spirituality, justice, music and the arts which gathers annually in Hot Springs, NC. The 2014 festival will take place on June 26-29, and Sara Miles will be a featured speaker.

Located in the heart of the Warren Wilson College campus, Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church is an open and welcoming faith community for all who seek one.

March 12, 2014 in General News

Michelle Alexander Endorsement and a Special Opportunity

We are humbled to share that Michelle Alexander, author of the seminal book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has given the Wild Goose Festival this powerful endorsement:

“I am so excited to see people of progressive faith who want to work for justice coming together to live into the call for liberation. Changing the racial reality of how we approach significant concerns like mass incarceration, immigration and religious pluralism requires that voices that have gone unheard and stories that have gone untold be given a place in the conversation.

I see the Wild Goose Festival working to make this space come alive, and it gives me great hope that we can find a path to racial justice in our country.”
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We do not take Alexander’s affirmation of our efforts lightly. This year’s theme of Living Liberation! will require all of us to stretch as we pursue justice as part of a community that strives to live as Jesus lived.

The Wild Goose as a whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. The festival is made manifest through the support of people who buy a ticket; volunteer; contribute a talk, performance, or art installation; or sponsor the Goose.

We are also raised up by the Fellowship of the Wings, a group of donors who make a commitment to give at least $10 a month to support the festival.

Special Opportunity
We’d like to invite you to join the Fellowship of the Wings, and now is a great time to do that. When you make a commitment to give $10 a month, you will receive a code good for 50% off an adult ticket to this year’s festival. This opportunity will only be available until Friday, March 21.

Click here to join the Fellowship of the Wings today!

We hope to see you in June!

March 4, 2014 in General News

Mark Scandrette in Asheville

The Wild Goose Festival, Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, and co-luminate community co-working and event space are delighted to welcome Mark Scandrette to Asheville on Wednesday, March 12th. Mark is the founder of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice in San Francisco and author of Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most.
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Land of the Sky will host a potluck and discussion as a part of its Lenten series. The meal will begin at 5:45 pm and only include ingredients commonly available in the Philippines, so please bring a dish including some or all of the following: rice, sweet potatoes, vegetables, bananas, coconut, bread, fish, chicken, and watermelon. Mark’s talk and the discussion will begin at 6:30 pm as we consider ways to be more faithful and conscious followers of Christ in a world that offers consumption of worldly goods at every turn! Land of the Sky meets in the fellowship hall of the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road.

At 8:00 pm, Mark will join with the co-luminate community for a conversation about wedding our soul practices with practical skills so that we can spend our time and our money on what matters most. This is not a lecture or a motivational speech; this is real, honest sharing about the challenges that keep us from doing good in a world full of abundance. Contributions of money or desserts to share are welcome but not required. co-luminate is located at 69A Biltmore Avenue, directly behind Laurey’s and the Asheville Wine Market, right next to Go Yoga.

The Wild Goose Festival is a gathering at the intersection of spirituality, justice, music and the arts. In addition to our annual event in Hot Springs, NC on June 26-29, the Wild Goose hosts gatherings throughout the country.

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