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Rick Meredith

Year-Round Conversations

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For many of us, the thing we love most about Wild Goose Festival is the conversations in which we find ourselves spontaneously and unexpectedly engaged. It seems as though they’re always derailing us from our carefully planned agendas.

Can we make this a year-round experience? Imagine you’re walking down Main Street or through the campground. You encounter a lively conversation around a couple of picnic tables. In true Goose style, someone calls out, “hey, come join us!” People scoot over on their bench to make a little space for you. You’ve never met these folks before but there’s an immediate trust and openness and acceptance. The conversation flows. When you leave, you feel a little lighter. A bit transformed. Even energized!

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2020 Postponement

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Festival Postponement – What We Know and What We Don’t Know

We’re not ready to say “It’s Over.” But we know we can’t have a festival in July. 

So for now, we’re postponing. We’ve narrowed it down to two possible dates: September 10-13, 2020, or July 2021.

What are the chances of an actual September festival? We don’t know. We know we’re looking at a “new normal” for a long time. We don’t know what that will look like in September.

Why don’t we just cancel? Because we don’t see any downside to leaving the September possibility open while “the new normal” evolves. So much of our planning for this year is already complete, it allows us to work with a shorter go/no go lead time.

We do know this, above all else: We will not have a September festival unless we can meet all the criteria of “safe.”

So, please save the date but write it in pencil, and keep your eraser nearby.

We hope you’ll hang in here with us while we sit this out. We’ll make a final decision on the September dates early this summer. At that time, we’ll offer several options for those who have already purchased tickets.

For now, we’re working to develop the Wild Goose Community, an online experience of conversation, music, 24/7 drop-in spaces, scheduled sessions, and whatever you can think of – kind of a Do-It-Yourself Goose. We want this to be heavily community-driven – we’re building the highway but you have to drive on it! CHECK IT OUT HERE

Please keep yourselves safe. We still have a long way to go. Hang in there.

 

 

Festival Postponed to 2021

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Tuesday,  May 5, 2021

There’s no easy way to say this, so here it is.
With great sadness, we must announce that Wild Goose Festival is postponed until summer of 2021.

This morning we received word that the town of Hot Springs has passed an ordinance prohibiting festivals through the end of the year.

If you’ve already purchased a ticket, we realize you may need that money now more than ever. We’re committed to providing refunds to those who need them, but we’re also committed to keeping Wild Goose alive and soaring.

Our small staff is working on exciting ways to keep us all connected throughout the year and to continue planning for 2021 – and to do that, we could use your help. If you have the means, we sincerely hope that you’ll consider donating all or a portion of your ticket value, and/or making a tax-deductible donation.

Even if you haven’t purchased a ticket, please consider a donation to help us remain operational.

All ticket holders will receive an email soon with details concerning three options – donation, rollover to 2021, or refund.

If you’ve been accepted as a co-creator, vendor, or partner, we’re rolling you over to 2021 unless you’d rather opt out. For volunteers, we’ll be starting over. You’ll receive more details soon.

Together, we’ll get through this – and we’re already looking forward to seeing you in the summer of 2021.

The Racial Reality of America

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On June 2, 2020, Wild Goose Festival Community hosted an online conversation between Brian McLaren and Jacqui Lewis on The Racial Reality of America.

View the event below and scroll down to the anti-racism resources below the video.
If you have more anti-racism resources to add, please add them in the comments section.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Anti-Racism Resources A list of books, podcasts, articles, videos, films, TV, and organizations

More Anti-Racism Resources  New material organized in a way to meet people where they are at in their anti-racist journey

Dianne Reeves – Endangered Species Opening music

Tituss Burgess & Friends | Middle Church – We Shall Overcome Closing Music

Video Chat Transcript Chat transcript from the live event

Wild Goose Festival Community gatherings are free to everyone. If you’d like to support this community by making a donation, you can do that here: DONATE

TIPPING POINT – Are We There Yet?

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On June 23, 2020, Wild Goose Festival Community hosted an online conversation with Valarie Kaur and Otis Moss III  on TIPPING POINT: Are We There yet?

View the event below and scroll down to additional resources below the video.
If you have more anti-racism resources to add, please add them in the comments section.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Black  Lives Matter Opening music

See No Stranger Closing Music

Video Chat Transcript Chat transcript from the live event

Anti-Racism Resources A list of books, podcasts, articles, videos, films, TV, and organizations

More Anti-Racism Resources  New material organized in a way to meet people where they are at in their anti-racist journey

Wild Goose Festival Community gatherings are free to everyone. If you’d like to support this community by making a donation, you can do that here: DONATE

ENGAGE! – Every Vote Counts

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ENGAGE! Every Vote Counts

On October 14, 2020, Wild Goose Festival Community hosted an online conversation with Jacqui LewisJulian DeShazier (JKwest), and Doug Pagitt on “Goosing Out the Vote” and ways to stay engaged until Election Day.

View the event below and click here for additional resources to help you stay engaged.

Wild Goose Festival Community gatherings are free to everyone. If you’d like to support this community by making a donation, you can do that here: DONATE

ENGAGE! – Sprint to the Finish

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ENGAGE! Sprint to the Finish

On Wednesday, October 28th we had a conversation with Sara Cunningham, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Shawna Bowman.

What kind of world do you want? Vote for it. Get your family to vote. Get your friends to vote. Even if you’re in a “Blue State” or a “Red State,” ENGAGE! It’s not too late. EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

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Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween (1978). After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading Places (1983), Perfect (1985) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988). She starred in one of the biggest action films ever, True Lies (1994), for which she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Curtis also appeared on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), and starred in Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) as the title role. Her first starring role was opposite Richard Lewis on the ABC situation comedy Anything But Love (1989). In 1998, she starred in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) in which she reprised her role that made her famous back in 1978.

Her paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, while two of her maternal great-grandparents were Danish.

Jamie Lee served as an honorary chairperson for the Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma program held at the Shakespeare
Theatre – Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an inspiration for the youth that were celebrated. Curtis was also given anaward from US Department of Health and Human Services KathleenSebelius and National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman for her work on behalf of children through her charities and children's books.

Sara Cunningham, author/activist and founder of the non-profit, Free Mom Hugs. Her journey began in conservative Oklahoma, when her son, Parker, came out as gay. As a woman of faith, she wrestled with the news, until she began to study, research, and reconcile the two worlds. She found herself on a journey “from the church to the Pride parade”, falling in love with the LGBTQ+ Community. In the wake of beautiful, glitter-covered hugs, and heart-breaking, horror stories, the mission of Free Mom Hugs began. Now a movement across the country, and the world, Sara is going Beyond the Hug, to educate and advocate. She has recently been seen on the Today show, spoke at the 2019 GLAAD Awards, and is in partnership with Jamie Lee Curtis to make a movie about her story. Her passion is to change the narrative so that we as a society, not only learn to affirm the LGBTQ+ community but celebrate them.

Rev. Shawna Bowman (they/them) is an artist and pastor doing ministry with the creative and justice-seeking folks at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Shawna is the Arts Integrator at Wild Goose Festival and is Co-founder of Creation Lab, an Arts Incubator and Art Co-op at the intersection of creativity, spirituality and prophetic imagination. Shawna is also Affiliate Faculty at McCormick Theological Seminary and serves on the Board of Directors at The Night Ministry and SOUL (Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation). Shawna is also a national organizer and facilitator with Crossroads Antiracism.

 

Wild Goose Festival Community gatherings are free to everyone. If you’d like to support this community by making a donation, you can do that here: DONATE

Christianity After Trump

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Christianity After Trump – Part 1 and 2

A Wild Goose Community event January 17, 2021 and follow up event on January 24 with Brian McLaren on how white American Christianity has aided and abetted the Trump presidency, and how courageous Christians must chart a new course in its aftermath.

View the events below.

SLIDES (same for both events)  ADDDITIONAL RESOURCES CHAT TRANSCRIPT (Jan 17) CHAT TRANSCRIPT (Jan 24)
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VIDEO: Christianity After Trump – January 17

VIDEO: Christianity After Trump – January 24

Brian’s presentation is the same as January 17 but the Questions & Responses are new and begin at 39:23

Wild Goose Festival Community gatherings are free to everyone. If you’d like to support this community by making a donation, you can do that here: DONATE

Instagoodness from #WildGoose2018

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#WildGoose2018 had some incredible moments! We’ve loved seeing everyone’s perspective and photos on the hashtag #WildGoose2018, and we wanted to share some of our favorites. (In no particular order!)

 

Such a cool moment at #wildgoose2018

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Spirit. Love. Justice. Dirt.

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Guest post by breathesinglove

7/14/18, Hot Springs Campground

I am literally covered in dirt. Sweat is dripping down my…well, everywhere. Noises surround me in a beautiful symphony of love and peace. Justice-seeking people of all ages singing, dancing, listening, sharing stories while drinking beer or fresh squeezed lemonade. Everyone around me is covered in dirt, too. Some have body paint or colored powder on their bodies, some have glitter feathers in their hair. Many have sayings or symbols on their clothing, promoting love, community, peace, hope.

Our hearts are so full of joy and the sense of community is so strong that we don’t notice whether or not the stranger next to us is covered in dirt or took their “showers” in the river yesterday. Near the bench where I sit is the amazing Mark Miller leading us in worship, saying, “You are a child of God. No matter what the world says or thinks about you.”

Someone just brought me a chocolate, with a smile and a sense of gratitude for sharing my story. This stranger I met just a few minutes ago, and now we share things. Yesterday I was invited to a potluck supper, to share in a meal with a “tribe with no name.” I had nothing to offer but a smile and grateful heart, and the tribe welcomed me without question. Some familiar faces around the campsite greeted me with smiles and hugs.

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The Wild Goose Festival is a place where strangers quickly become friends, where the Spirit’s presence is thicker than the humidity, and the kingdom of God is a glimmer in each person’s eyes. Hope stirs in our souls and permeates the campground as each person’s voice enters the conversation and is honored and celebrated. We lament with one another as we share stories of grief, pain, and suffering. We celebrate one another’s uniqueness and the beautiful expressions of community and interconnectedness. Art, music, storytelling, nature, food, drinks, laughter, hugs, silence, dancing, conversation, meditation, blessings, prayers, chants –these are our ways of engaging with one another and with God. This is how we “goose.”

Each year I leave the Goose with a heart full of gratitude, a mind buzzing with ideas, and a greater sense of hope, that I am not alone in this work of compassion and justice. I’m inspired to keep breaking down the walls of prejudice and leading people into a greater sense of community, based on God’s unconditional love and grace.

I am “Deacon Shannon.”  This is my story.

Shannon LeMaster-Smith is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church, a clergy order ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice. She currently serves in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. She has a M.A. in Conflict Resolution and 10+ years of experience in youth ministry. Her call is to help people experience the transforming love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit and to equip and empower them to share God’s love and grace with others. She enjoys singing and playing board games and is married to her best friend, Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith.