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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

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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.

After Care for After #WildGoose2018

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What an amazing year at #WildGoose2018, right? So many amazing moments, performances, talks, and relationships made. So many memories that we are all carrying with us back to our communities.

For some, Wild Goose is a place to bring their community for a retreat away from the rest of the world. For others, it’s coming home because where they live isn’t exactly as welcoming, open, or curious as the Goose community. Many of us feel this sense of post-festival blues, the feeling of missing the joy and wonder that comes with being in community of people who welcome you and love you as you are.

So what do we do with that? How do we take care of ourselves and others after the Wild Goose Festival and throughout the year? Here are some ideas:

1. Be real about your feelings.

Yes, you are sad, and that is perfectly okay. Feeling a sense of loss or sadness, a sense of longing to go back is normal. Feel all of it and don’t bottle it up and say that you’re okay when you aren’t. Share those with people around you. Reach out to people from the Goose through texts, phone calls, and social media. Just because you aren’t right next to someone, sweating and singing at Beer & Hymns doesn’t mean you have to lose that connection. That brings us to the next point.

2. Stay connected.

Wild Goose Festival is one time of year. But the spirit of our community is consistently at work throughout the year in various parts of the country doing incredible work. Use social media to follow your new friends and reach out to them. Find out how you can support and get involved with the various organizations and non-profits we had at the festival. And you can sign up for our newsletter so you can be up to speed on all the things Wild Goose! We’ll have a lot of exciting announcements coming up so don’t miss out on that.

3. Share your story.

You probably heard it throughout the festival: stories change the world. And we always want to hear from our community. There’s nothing more exciting hearing about lives being impacted and changed from a Wild Goose experience and we want to hear it. If you’ve got a story from this past year, something new, unique, powerful or even just funny, or maybe photos you’d like to share, send our social media coordinator an email at kevin@thekevingarica.com.

4. Plan to come back to #WildGoose2019.

People are already carving out time in their calendar for next year’s festival, and we want you to be there too. Tickets for the Wild Goose Festival 2019, July 11-14, 2019, are already on sale. And there are 150 prefestival tickets that are only $169! Don’t wait. Get your tickets now. 

And pro-tip: if you’re a cabin person, reserve your cabin now. Because they are going to go so quickly.

5. Be gentle with yourself and rest.

It was a big weekend, full of amazing moments that we’ll all carry with us. Treasure it. Share it. And know that it is not the last time you’ll be embraced by the spirit of the Wild Goose.

We’ve got some big plans for the coming year, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to speed on things. And again, get your tickets now while they are still super cheap!

A Goosey Gathering

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Hospitality and kindness are at the heart of the Wild Goose community. So much so that someone who was once simply providing a service to our community actually became a part of it. 

So, we packed up our Subaru, made the pilgrimage north, and pitched our tent. As luck would have it, we had the cleanest port-a-potty in the history of port-a-potties right across from our campsite. So my wife, being the sweet soul she is, made it a point to make sure she met and thanked the person who cleaned and stocked our little corner of heaven.

That person was Mike from Griffin Services in Asheville. Mike came over from Asheville twice a day to clean and restock all the port-a-potties at the festival and, as Keller Williams sings, ‘We fell in love in a port-a-potty line’!

As we became familiar with his schedule, it was easy to speak with him and thank him for his service to us and the festival. Mike said we should put in a good word for him at corporate; which we did as soon as we had cell service again. 😏

Fast-forward to the next year and we’re coming into Hot Springs with our pull-behind camper down the hill from Marshall with a parade of folks behind us. (We’re from Florida -PEOPLE, driving down these hills is crazy.)

They were honking and waving (at least some of them were waving, some were also giving hand signals) like we

needed to pull over. Of course, there’s no spot to pull over ’til the bottom and when we did get stopped, we realized our bike rack had failed us and our bikes were dragging behind us. So, who pulls up behind us with a flatbed full of port-o-potties? Our boy Mike!

We reintroduce ourselves, say a little thank you that no one was harmed by our bike-dragging debacle, and Mike immediately loads our bikes on his flatbed and delivers them directly to our campsite at The Goose.

Now on to last year, after another call to Griffin, Mike is upset with us because they’ve made him supervisor due to our ringing endorsements over the last two years. However, after he forgave us for that, he decided that he’d maybe spend a night or two at our campsite; which he did. As we had the opportunity to spend time with Mike and hear more of his story, he quickly became part of our tribe.

We shared meals, stories, and, most importantly, on Sunday morning we shared another meal; communion with Mike.

This year, if you stop by Intersections campsite (it’s more of a compound, actually), Mike will be with us for the whole festival and you can share your story and a meal with him!

See you soon!

Tim and Jan Kerr

Stories like this happen all the time at Wild Goose. This year, come expecting amazing things and be ready to share yours! 

 

What The Goose Gives Me

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I wonder what the Goose will give me this year.

When I pull into Hot Springs, it will be my sixth consecutive Wild Goose. Each year I attend on behalf of Chalice Press, which has sponsored Wild Goose since 2012. I’m there to work: Finding new authors, promoting our new titles, creating connections, scouting the future of progressive Christianity, that kind of stuff. There are the constants: inspirational worship, imaginative presenters, unique participants, and of course pop-up thunderstorms followed by breathtaking sunsets.

But Wild Goose has made a deep personal impact on me – it’s left a mark. Whether it’s the setting, the mindset, the culture, or in my case merely coincidental timing, each Wild Goose has been a different experience for me. And it’s not always about the programming.

In 2013, I brought my son with me. We celebrated his 14th birthday with the Indigo Girls, the Lost Dogs, fireworks, mud up to our ankles, and the spellbinding Rev. William J. Barber II. My son still talks about his Wild Goose experience – as he continues exploring a call to ministry while heading off to college in August. Wild Goose gave me a son who listens for God.

In 2014, I came solo to Wild Goose catching my breath, my marriage having just avoided breaking up (for the moment), my heart mending, my mind needing a change of scenery and a change of pace. Wild Goose gave me hope.

In 2015, I came solo and broken. The divorce I’d worked so hard to avoid finalized while I was at the Goose. I needed time to sit by the river to reflect, to mourn, to let go, to hold on, and to begin the process of figuring out who the new me was going to be. I found a few rocks, figuratively labeled them with my pain and guilt, and threw them away into the river, hoping to be relieved of those negative emotions and start anew. Wild Goose gave me a new start.

In 2016, I came with friends, feeling better about my situation yet heartbroken that one of those friends had a cataclysmically awful month, far worse than where I had been the year before. Our circle of friends hoped and prayed to provide support or relief or hope or whatever was needed, at that moment and in the tough times to come. Wild Goose gave me compassion.

In 2017, I came with my new girlfriend, on top of the world. Sharing that experience with a Goose newcomer – but, more importantly, with a woman/pastor who has helped me see the world and my ministerial work in new, God-embraced ways – has given Wild Goose a new depth I hadn’t seen before. Wild Goose gave me new vision.

In 2018… well, I don’t know about that yet. I know who’s on the program and what work I will have to do while I’m in Hot Springs. But as I walk beneath the verdant canopy and watch the French Broad River flow by and wring out my rain-drenched clothes (because let’s be honest: it’s gonna rain), I know the Goose works in mysterious ways, and I can’t predict what that experience will be like. I just have to go with the flow.

May you find yourself going with the flow at the Goose, at home, sitting in traffic  – wherever you need to think differently, to rest, to find inspiration and hope.

We’re so thankful to have Chalice Press as a longtime partner of the Wild Goose Festival. Learn more about their work at ChalicePress.com