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Wild Goose PreFestival Events!

By 2022 FestivalNo Comments

Wild Goose Pre-festival Events!

Pre-festival events occur from 9AM to 5PM on Thursday

Justice Camp – Acclaimed author and Sojourners founder and Ambassador, Jim Wallis along with Steven Harris, both from the Center for Faith and Justice at Georgetown University, leads in defining our politics by our best spiritual values and rather than money and power.

Wisdom Camp Rainier Wylde, Kristi Born, Aline Defiglia, Heiwi no Bushi, Jennifer Helminski, Micky ScottBey Jones, Viony Medlin, and Mike Morrell lead around the Ecology of Desire – if you feel your heart stirring, your body yearning, and your curiosity burning for a more vibrant, easeful, and compelling way to practice and play in the everyday wonder of our living Earth, we hope you’ll join us!

Reconstruction Theology – Pete Enns and Jared Byas will be leading a conversation on the group’s experiences of the three stages of the spiritual journey—orientation, disorientation, and reorientation—with an aim toward mutual support and connection.

New Writers Workshop – Brian Allain of Writing for Your Life, Publishing in Color, and founding Director of the Frederick Buechner Center will works with you on getting published, marketing, and writing.

Lead NOW! (No charge) – Joy Wallis and Wayne Meisel gather Seminarians and First-Call Ministers at to build a cohort and weave a human fabric of hope and connection.

Watch for more announcements soon!

Otis, Nadia, Tony, Pete, Yvette, Beth and more – A Wild, Wild Goose!

By 2019 Festival, Goose NewsNo Comments

Hey, Wild Goose what do we do between the time Otis Moss III gathers the 2019 Goose on Thursday evening and Bishop Yvette Flunder sends the Goose out on Sunday morning? We add Nadia Bolz-WeberTony Campolo, and Pete Enns into the mix and we bring Beth Nielsen Chapman to sing – AND THAT’S JUST FOR STARTERS – and we have another really great, really WILD, Wild Goose!

Yes, you got it, we open with OM3 and we close with Bishop Flunder, and Nadia, and Tony, and Pete, and Beth – and more and more to come!

Are you as excited as we are? Help us spread the word!

Alexia, John, The Liturgusts, Amythyst, & The Collection

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Bring your curiosity! Bring your creativity! Bring your courage! And, by all means bring your dancing shoes ok, dancing feet – shoes optional – It’s the WILD, Wild Goose!    TICKETS

The Liturgists and John Pavlovitz will push us and prod us and we’ll think more broadly and act more boldly. Alexia Salvatierra writes the real news of the real world everyday with her courageous engagement. Amythyst Kiah may not be on your playlist YET, but she’s on Amy Ray’s – and she’s in a supergroup with Rhiannon Giddens.

Get your opening night party on withThe Collection!

Don’t forget Otis Moss IIIBishop Yvette FlunderNadia Bolz-WeberTony CampoloPete Enns, and Beth Nielsen Chapman. And we’re just getting started – hundreds more to come!

Getting excited about this year’s festival? Check out the new Wild Goose Podcast for highlights of 2018. New episodes every week!

Post it! Share it! And buy tickets! See you in July!

William Barber, Diana Butler Bass, and Frank Schaeffer

By 2021 Festival

The 2021 Wild Goose Festival Lineup Begins!

William Barber, Diana Butler Bass, and Frank Schaeffer

Nobody so personally meets our spirit, so clearly points our direction, and so dramatically lights our fire like Rev. Dr. William J. Barber! Don’t miss a Wild Goose Rally with Dr. Barber.

Diana Butler Bass is a unique master communicator, blending information and inspiration like few others – and we’re equipped, energized, and ready to go.

Thought-leader, change-maker Frank Schaeffer creatively disrupts our thoughts yet leaves our feet and hearts hopeful and looking beyond-forward, all the way to now.


Jennifer, Lenny, Brian, and ValLimar!

By 2021 Festival

The 2021 Wild Goose Festival Lineup Continues (#2)

Jennifer Knapp, Lenny Duncan, Brian McLaren, and ValLimar Jansen!

Jennifer Knapp, our 2021 Wild Goose Artist-in-Residence, will introduce us to some new friends and work with us to lean into creativity at our core.

Lenny Duncan, writer, witness, agitator, and long on our “get Lenny to the Goose” list, is here – at least will be here! Get ready for a challenge.

Brian McLaren, no better voice to gather the Goose at Thursday evening’s opener, will preach, will chat, will pastor, will teach – in other words he’ll do the Brian McLaren thing.

ValLimar Jansen, creative storyteller, evocative musician and a new Wild Goose favorite, is simply electric.


Lyric, Alexia, Jim, Sara, and Trey

By 2021 Festival

The 2021 Wild Goose Festival Lineup Continues (#4)

Lyric, Alexia, Jim, Sara, and Trey

Lyrica Wild Goose party band favorite, will bring the party BIG-TIME for our Wild Goose 10th anniversary this year.

Very few people so effectively combine vision and organization like Alexia SalvatierraLeaders are using her faith-rooted organizing skills world-wide.

Jim Wallis, with a long history of activism that includes 22 arrests for civil disobedience, founder of Sojourners, best-selling author, and acclaimed public theologian, returns to Wild Goose as the newly named Chair of Faith and Justice at Georgetown University.

 Free Mom Hugs founder Sara Cunningham blends activism with the unremitting passion of a parent. Keep an eye open for the Jamie Lee Curtis developed movie based on Sara’s book, How We Sleep at Night.

Trey Pearson had multiple #1 songs as Everyday Sunday and now he’s become a major go-to person, helping thousands of people through Trey’s LGBTQ+ Safe Space on Facebook and in his personal appearances.


Jo, Racquel, Paula, Semler, and Red Dirt Boys

By 2021 Festival

The 2021 Wild Goose Festival Lineup Continues (#3)

Jo, Racquel, Paula, Semler, and Red Dirt Boys

Columbian born Jo Luehmann is bringing her liberation driven, decolonization challenge to the Wild Goose. She’s becoming one of the most frequently referenced thought-leaders in the faith world and is in huge demand, especially across the podcast platform.

Racquel Gill is widely recognized for her preaching in gatherings large and small, urban and rural, and now she comes to preach, and more, at the Wild Goose.  “Racquel can preach,” says Otis Moss III – need we say more!

Popular TED Talk speaker and Wild Goose favorite, Paula Stone Williamsreturns on the crest of a huge wave created by her “audacious, gripping, and profoundly real” memoir, As a Woman: What I Learned About Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned

Preacher’s Kid by Semler“explores faith and church life through a queer lens — everything from the meaning of the gospel and activism, to what really happens in youth group.” (NPR) The song went to #1 on the CCM charts – an affirmation for many, but a shock for others. And there’s so much more to come.

Red Dirt Boysthe name Emmylou Harris gave to her back up band made up of Chris Donohue, Will Kimbrough, Phil Madeira, and Bryan Owings, returns by popular demand. Phil Madeira knows and loves the Wild Goose and this will be another great0020gathering!


Erin, Robyn, Josh, Your Favorite Aunts, and The World In Lights!

By 2021 Festival

Looking FORWARD!
The 2021 Wild Goose Festival Lineup Continues (#5)

The World In Lights, Your Favorite Aunts, Erin, Robyn, and Josh!

A pair of two great pairs – Dani Rocca and Joel Herbert as The World in Lights and Sarah Heath and Kevin Garcia as Your Favorite Auntsthe unique vocals and musical mastery of Erin McKeown, thoughts from the edge of thinking with Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, and preaching from the future that helps locate our present from Josh Scott – Wild Goose, WE’VE GOT THIS!


Jal, Mitchell, Pagitt, Davies, HuDost, and Haseltine!

By 2021 Festival

Creating a Wild Goose world – TOGETHER!
The 2021 Wild Goose Festival Lineup Continues (#6)

The World In Lights, Your Favorite Aunts, Erin, Robyn, and Josh!

Emmanuel Jal returns and we’ll all dance – a lot! Stan Mitchell re-discovers the new edge every day in his deeply personal, virtual pastoring and Everybody Church. Doug Pagitt makes a Wild Goose stop to challenge us around Christian Nationalism and more, as a part of his front-line based Vote Common Good work. Brenda Marie Davies brings her God Is Grey podcast point of view that both pushes the boundary and holds people safe – somehow all at the same time. HuDost, with special guest Dan Haseltine of the three-time Grammy winning Jars of Clay – well, it’s best described as Wild Goosey!


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