2017 Speakers and Storytellers Annoucement

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We’re thrilled to announce that Diana Butler Bass, Otis Moss III, and William Paul Young will be at the Goose this year, sharing their wisdom, insights, and unique voices with...
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Volunteer Spotlight – Jenna Bowman

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 Want to volunteer? You might just meet people that are like family…Check out the application here.  Meet Jenna. We’re pretty thrilled that she’s a part of our community. She brings…


We Will Stay And Fight

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The Wild Goose Festival is staying in Hot Springs this summer and we hope you’ll stay and stand up with us. As you may know, an attempt to repeal “HB2,”…


NC Economic Boycott and Wild Goose 2017

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We are deeply disappointed that North Carolina failed to repeal HB2 in a special legislative session just before Christmas. In response to this and other undemocratic actions by the State…


What We Can Do For Aleppo

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By: Jeff Clark, with Jasmin Morrell Reports from Aleppo are grim: bodies line the streets, women and children shot in their homes, aid workers unable to reach those who need…


Hope Rises Like Bread

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This is what happens because you make Wild Goose happen: Dreams are born Visions are nourished Minds are changed Spirits rearranged And people leave With eyes and arms opened To…


Introducing Our New Director of Programming and Communications

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We’re so excited that Jasmin Morrell has recently joined the Wild Goose Festival staff, and she has certainly hit the ground running. But she did manage to slow down one…

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In Solidarity with Standing Rock

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By Jeff Clark Water is indisputably a core element of our existence, crucial to every part of our lives on this planet. It ripples throughout our human story, a fundamental…


Open Call for 2017 Contributors

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It’s time to let us know what YOU would like to do at Wild Goose!  The contributions of our “self-submits” each year are at the heart of what make the...

Four ways we can stand with the movement for Black Lives

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Those of us in the Wild Goose community are reeling from the horrifying and tragic events of this week: the police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Lamont…


Brian McLaren talks about his new book, The Great Spiritual Migration

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Brian McLaren talks with us about The Great Spiritual Migration A conversation with Lenora Rand and Rick Meredith | Wild Goose Creative Team Already garnering some great press, including this article…


Singing in Discomfort

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Guest post by Bekah Anderson, United Church of Christ I spent the vast majority of Wild Goose feeling profoundly uncomfortable, and at the same time thrilled, inspired, and energized. I…


Wild Goose 2016 Reader from Chalice Press

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Is your spirit still on the Wild Goose mountaintop? Are you still thinking about the new friends you made, the new ways you think about your faith and your purpose…


Top 10 Tips: How to get the most from the Goose

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Can you believe it? Wild Goose 2016 is almost here.  With so much to see and hear and do we thought you might like a few suggestions from experienced Goose-goers...

Theology. Ecology. Good food for all.

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Guest post by Methodist Theological School In Ohio We're from Ohio. Thomas Edison was born here before his family moved to Michigan to follow the railroad. The Wright Brothers developed...

Jordan: Home to the Wilderness of the Goose

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Guest post by Jordan Tourism Board The voice crying in the wilderness. The desert, the wind, the reeds, the river, the springs. Flocks from all over the region come for baptism....

Worship at the Goose – diverse, imaginative, radical acts of defiance and hope

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49 dead in a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. Black lives that don’t seem to matter nearly enough.  60 million refugees without a welcome. Transgendered rights under attack in North Carolina....

An open table for authentic seekers

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Guest post by Paul Swanson, CAC I don’t make songs for free, I make them for freedom. Don’t believe in kings, believe in the Kingdom. —Chance the Rapper God is…


So what’s an evangelical for social action, anyway?

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Guest post by Evangelicals for Social Action At the Sider Center we make a point of discussing topics your grandmother probably told you not to discuss, like sexuality, money, politics,...

“It’s really a magical place”

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Guest post by Sojourners' Rob and Hannah Wilson-Black What do you get when you combine the 1960s rock festival Woodstock’s vibe, the Taize community’s singing, the Chautauqua Institution’s events, and...

Matt Morris invites us to start “troubling the Gospel.”

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Not having all the answers but being willing to ask the hard questions - this has been an abiding principle of Wild Goose from its earliest days. And providing the...

Executing Grace: A Call to Action from Shane Claiborne

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Shane Claiborne is back with us as a 2016 contributor at the festival where he will do several sessions empowering Christians to work to end the death penalty. We are...

Why I Hate Christian Fiction

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I am an out-and-proud Christian. So you would think I would love Christian fiction. But no, I can’t stand it. Oh, you’ve read some of it, too? So you know…


How big is that tent, exactly?

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Guest post by Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN Since our founding in 1855, Christian Theological Seminary has leaned toward the right side of history. We have been inclusive, ecumenical and...

Seminaries, Roads and Stories that become what Everything is About

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Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) is excited to be at Wild Goose! Located in Berkeley, CA, it is a little tiny bit like Wild Goose all year long. There is…


Can’t come all weekend? Get a Day Pass.

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There’s no better way to experience The Goose than by spending Thursday through Sunday immersed in this transformational, experiential, sing and dance and play and dream and eat and camp...

A conversation with the leaders of Racial Justice Institute

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How to turn tenderness into fearlessness. A conversation with the leaders of Racial Justice Institute. Are you tired of conversations about race that quickly turn into shouting matches? Do you...

Hear and tell stories at Wild Goose 2016

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This year, all over the Wild Goose Festival, and especially in the Wild Goose Studio Tent and Video Tent, you will have opportunity to hear stories, tell your own story,...

Why I’m Participating in the Wild Goose Racial Justice Institute

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Why I’m Participating in the Wild Goose Racial Justice Institute by Sarah Withrow King (Re-posted from Evangelicals For Action) Sara Withrow King is a contributor this year and a leader in our Racial...

All Are Welcome.

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“All are welcome.” We’ve been saying that since the very first Wild Goose and we’ve always meant it. And by welcome we don’t mean “tolerated,” or “accepted.” We mean embraced,...

It’s all about saying “Yes.” An interview with Phil Madeira.

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Phil Madeira is a Nashville-based musician, songwriter and producer who’s worked with names like Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Amy Grant and The...

Calling All Drummers!

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A Call to All Drummers by Phil Wyman The Wild Goose Festival knows you have drums. We peeked into your closets and the corners of your rooms, and we saw...

Wild Goose Supports Equal Protection Under the Law and Calls for Community Action

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We’re very disappointed with the recent actions of the North Carolina legislature has voted to deny equal protection under the law for our LGBTQ friends and neighbors. The Wild Goose…

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Indigo Girls Return to the Festival!

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If main stage at night is your happy place at the Wild Goose, we have a lot in store for you this year!  Much of the magic of the Goose...

An Invitation to Songwriters: Inspire someone with your musical story this year at Wild Goose 2016!

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In the spirit of this year’s Wild Goose Festival theme, Story!, we invite you to submit an original song to the Wild Goose Songwriting Contest. Be a part of the…


The Call of the Wild by Phil Wyman

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The Wild Goose Festival is just a few months away. Preparations for events like this are best begun early, because participation is the name of the game. Transformative Festivals like…