The line up just keeps getting better and better!
We’re thrilled to announce that Australian human rights activist Jarrod McKenna is coming to #WildGoose2018 and will be one of our Justice Camp presenters! With extensive experience in practicing non-violence as a means of social change, Jarrod has been all around the world as a speaker, a peacemaker in the Middle East, and as a trainer for activists and advocates alike. We are overjoyed to have him join the Wild Goose community.
But that’s not all! We’re also welcoming two amazing indviduals to the Goose for the first time: Jatrice Martel Gaiter and Mona Haydar. And we’re delighted to welcome author, speaker, podcaster, and pastor, Rev. Sarah Heath back at the Goose this year too.
Learn more about all these incredible folks below!
See you all soon!
(PS If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, hurry! Ticket prices go up on June 21st!)
A Prominent Christian leader and peace award winning nonviolent activist, Jarrod McKenna is a sought after activist trainer in Australia, Eastern Europe, The United States, and the Middle East. In his role as an nonviolent activist trainer he has worked with groups such as Rising Tide, Greenpeace, World Vision International and at the forefront of the Love Makes A Way movement. As well as being a regular commentator in the media, Jarrod speaks, trains, teaches and preaches over 100 times a year in diverse settings ranging from academic institutions such as Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, The University of Western Australia, Australian Islamic Colleges, to churches like C3 Oxford Falls and CityLife, and organisations like The Tony Blair Faith Foundation and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Jarrod also facilitates “Alternatives to Violence Project” workshops in maximum security prisons each year.
Mona Haydar is a Syrian American rapper, poet, activist, practitioner of Permaculture, meditator, composting devotee, mountain girl, solar power lover, and a tireless God-enthusiast.
Her single, “Hijabi”, was a groundbreaking debut with millions of views. Billboard critics named it one of 2017’s top protest songs and one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time. Her work as an artist and activist has been featured on BBC, CNN, BuzzFeed, AJ+, NPR, Mic, Psychology Today, Refinery 29, The Huffington Post, Ms Magazine, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe, New York Times, and many others. Her first EP is set to drop in 2018.
Mona practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation, and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She is currently working towards her Masters in Theology and lives in Harlem, New York City, with her husband and their two sons.
Jatrice Martel Gaiter
Jatrice Martel Gaiter is the executive vice president, external affairs for Volunteers of America. Ms. Gaiter builds national awareness and support for its mission to provide programs and services which enable people to reach their full potential. She provides managerial and strategic oversight of public policy, marketing, development, and communications departments. She is the immediate past board chair of the National Human Services Assembly.
Ms. Gaiter earned a BA in government from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law.
Originally from Canada but spent sometime in Southern Mississippi and North Carolia, Sarah currently serves First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, California, where she is the lead pastor for a church re-start and revitalization. Sarah has a passion for music, traveling, acting, creating art, playing and watching sports. She is the author of Whats your story? Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes and host of Sonderlust: the Podcast. The biggest blessings in her life are her random assortment of talented friends and her amazing mutt of a dog, Tenor.
Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He is married to Katie Jo, a North Carolina girl who also fell in love with the city (and with Shane).
Shane writes and travels extensively to speak about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. His books are translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over 100 times a year, nationally and internationally.