Wild Goose PreFestival Events!

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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!

Lyric, John, Sarah, Kevin, Stan, & Jes

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Lyric – It has been said that NOBODY rocks Wild Goose like Lyric rocks Wild Goose. It’s a party – don’t miss it!

John Pavlovitz – Merriam-Webster says a prophet is “one gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight.” Many Wild Goose people say a prophet is John Pavlovitz. Stir it up, John! Call ‘em out John!

Sarah Heath and Kevin Garcia – Internet aunties Sara and Kevin address your pressing issues from heartache to homecare, skin care to soul care with wicked insight and sassy humor as Your Favorite Aunts.

Stan Mitchell – Stan is both challenging and changing the way we do “church” as cutting edge thought-leader and virtual pastor with Everybody Church.

Jes Kast – Jes is a constructive theologian, pop culture aficionado, innovative church leader bringing her contagious communication to Wild Goose.

Watch for more announcements soon!

Brian, The Heathens, Adam, Ken, & Paula

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Brian McLaren Wakes the Goose on Wild Goose Friday this year. Some say if the world has a pastor, it’s Brian McLaren; others say if the world has a first-thinker around faith and spirit, it’s Brian McLaren – it’s an incredible gift to think so far ahead, and yet stay so present.

The Heathens are bringing their deeply hopeful “break up” message to Wild Goose and it’s a life changer for thousands of people. Sorry, it sounds like a cliché’ – but don’t miss The Heathens at Wild Goose.

Adam Russell Taylorpresident of Sojourners, sets the tone and the tempo for moving forward, together, in this crazy space called right now with his new book, A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community 

Ken Medema is without parallel, beyond comparison – even when you what he does, when you experience it, it’s hard to believe it just happened. Ken Medema will do Ken Medema and more at Wild Goose.

Paula Stone Williams – her work among an incredibly wide range of leaders from many frames of reference, amplifies her voice for justice like few others. Her vision intoxicates and her leadership engages. Being with Paula will help you hope.

Watch for more announcements soon!

Jim, Liz, Sara, JKwest, & Pete

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Jim Wallis, bestselling author, public theologian, founder and ambassador of Sojourners, Chair and leader of the Center on Faith and Justice at Georgetown University brings his ever-timely, provocative insight to Wild Goose.

Liz Dyer is high on the list of people having everyday impact on thousands of lives. Go to and get a glimpse of the work of Mama Bears and gather at Wild Goose to learn more and do more – there will be a Mama Bears RV gathering site.

Sara Cunningham says, “if I don’t fight for my son like my hair is on fire, then who will?” – and she won’t stop. Watch for the Jamie Lee Curtis movie based Sara’s book, How We Sleep at Night, check out, and join Sara at Wild Goose.

JKwestaka Julian Deshazier, is an Emmy Award-winning musician calling people into action AND connecting people in community. He’s a pastor, educator, community-leader, writer, and, may we add, a Wild Goose Festival board member and the Center for American Progress and Crain’s Chicago Business have recognized his visionary leadership.

Pete Enns shapes – even defines – the conversation around faith like very few people in the worldIn some circles, the conversation quickly moves to which Pete Enns book is most impactful – what’s your favorite? It’s a long and growing list.

Watch for more announcements soon!

Diana, ValLimar, and Brandan!

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Diana Butler Bass, ValLimar Jansen, and Brandan Robertson!

Diana Butler Bass asks incredible questions, offers engaging suggestions, artistically blends information and inspiration – these things and more make her a high-impact thought-leader, setting the table for many of our current conversations.

ValLimar, with Grits and Bourbon, bring their combined histories with Patti LaBelle, Lionel Ritchie, Sergio Mendez, Eric Clapton, Platters, Coasters, Jan Berry of Jan & Dean, Jay Migliori, Ambrosia, and more for a high-energy, blues infused Wild Goose music experience.

Rolling Stone calls Brandan Robertson the “Tik-Tok Pastor,” his newest book speaks to privilege, his upcoming book offers a practical theology for engaging today’s issues – he’s so current that tomorrow’s headlines are already forming in his provocative mind.