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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…

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…

Wild Goose Festival 2021 – July 15-18, 2021

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July 15-18, 2021 - Save the date and mark your calendar! And note, that’s one week later than usual. Ticket sales are open now. Earlybird pricing applies to the first…

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…

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…

Year-Round Conversations

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Scroll down to make a comment For many of us, the thing we love most about Wild Goose Festival is the conversations in which we find ourselves spontaneously and unexpectedly…

Accessibility at Wild Goose Festival

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When Carrie Craig first attended Wild Goose Festival in 2013, she didn’t know what to expect. Would there be accessibility? Would there be help if needed? Carrie has been disabled…

Silent Disco Gets Livelier!

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3 DJs playing simultaneously - AND Pop Punk Innovators EleventySeven will be LIVE in Silent Disco Get the party started! Silent Disco happens Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights right after Mainstage…

Barbara, Yvette, Brian, Stephanie, Racquel, and Phil – More Wild Goose Excitement!

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Wild Goose #10 is more of what you’ve come to expect - and a lot of what you don’t expect – that’s because it’s the Wild Goose! It’s a mix…

The 10th Annual Wild Goose Festival is off to a great start!

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Valerie Kaur’s challenging ask “What if this is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb? What if the future is not dead but still waiting to…

My Real New Year Comes in July

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A New Year! It’s a time to reflect and reset, to close the mental door (as much as possible) on struggles from the year before; to refresh, planning for better…

Southern Identity and Doing God’s Work

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Guest Post by Layton E. Williams A couple of weeks ago, I visited Washington, D.C., for the first time since leaving the job that had kept me in D.C. for…

Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Jacqui Lewis, Diana Butler Bass, and Shane Claiborne

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Grounded – and yet gaining ground – all at once. Anchored, and yet in full exploration mode – that’s Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Jacqui Lewis, Diana Butler Bass, Shane Claiborne, and Ruby Sales – and…

Rev. Barber Wakes the 2019 Goose

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Rev. Dr. William Barber, II – Saturday morning – WILD, Wild Goose! Rev. Barber and testifiers from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will “Wake the Goose” on…

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…

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

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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-Weber, Tony Campolo, and Pete…

Open Call for 2019 Co-Creators

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It’s time again 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…

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!)  …

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.…

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.…

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…

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…

Your Tribe is at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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Your Tribe is at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Take the next step on your journey here.  If Wild Goose is the festival, SFTS is the after party. Ok, we're not…

Bridging the Gap | Praxis Forum Group

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The Praxis Forum is a group committed to bridging the gap between academic work and on-the-ground efforts in religion. We conduct our own scholarship efforts, but our main focus is…

Not Fences, Lord, but Tables

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In 2017, a group of students from Wake Forest University School of Divinity published a collection of prayers and poems titled Words Made Flesh. I begin by sharing one poem…

Your Invitation to Desanka

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What is Desanka? For years, Desanka has joined the Wild Goose Festival and has been a staple in the community. Desanka is a spiritual community with a mission to walk…

An Intern’s Expectations of #WildGoose2018, from Sojourners

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Sojourners and Wild Goose have a long tradition of partnership. As a Sojourners intern I’m incredibly eager to be part of it this year! This will be my first trip…

A Prophetic Voice in the Public Square, from Wesley Theological Seminary

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By: Sammy Klipsch, MDiv 2019 I was once asked what kind of seminary Wesley is. Is it a head, heart or hand seminary? What a question! One that we should…

Meet the United Church of Christ at the Goose!

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We’re a mainline Protestant Denomination made up of a diverse community of believers who commit to unite together, even in difference, to serve God in the co-creation of a just and…

7 Things First-Timers Need To Know About The Goose

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The Wild Goose Festival has been described by many as magical, emotional, life-changing, and more! It is the time of year where people from all sorts of backgrounds, denominations, spiritual…

Bryan Johnson, Paula Williams, T. Anthony Spearman, Tony Campolo, Dan White Hodge

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Every single year, the circle grows wider and wider! We want to be a community on the leading edge of conversations surrounding ministry, faith, and intersectional justice. That’s why we…

Surprised By Hope #WildGooseMoments

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#WildGooseMoments is a series where folks are sharing the experiences that touched them, surprised them, and made them fall in love with the Wild Goose Festival. Today, Janis LeMieux shares…

Why I’m Coming Back to Wild Goose

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This week, we're beginning to share stories from people in the Wild Goose community. Things that have empowered us and challenged us. Stories that inspire and stories that keep pushing…

RV & Glamping Sites Open for 2018

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Want to come to the Goose but tent camping's not really your thing? RV sites are now available, but hurry, we have limited availability. We have some RV parking with…

Wild Goose Winter Pricing Ends Tonight, March 19

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Today's the last chance for Wild Goose winter ticket pricing! It ends tonight, March 19, at Midnight Pacific Daylight Time. With a lineup including Amy Grant, Jacqui Lewis, Barbara Brown Taylor, John Pavlovitz, Ruby…

Ruby Sales, Jen Hatmaker, Otis Moss III, Brian McLaren, and The Red Dirt Boys

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What happens when you add Ruby Sales, Jen Hatmaker, Otis Moss III (along with the Trinity UCC choir), Brian McLaren, and the Red Dirt Boys (Emmylou Harris’ band with Phil…

Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Shane Claiborne, Mona Haydar, Sarah Heath, Jarrod McKenna

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The line up just keeps getting better and better! We’re thrilled to announce that Australian human rights activist Jarrod McKenna is coming to #WildGoose2018 and will be one of our…

Amy Grant, Jacqui Lewis, Barbara Brown Taylor, and John Pavlovitz are on their way to the Wild Goose Festival!

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Amy and Jacqui and Barbara and John - it almost sounds like a chant, but a happy chant, on the road to Oz - and that’s just the beginning of…

A glimpse of 2018 – and Last Chance for Fall Ticket Price!

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If there’s one thing you can expect from the Wild Goose, it’s the unexpected. Powerful and prophetic, Jacqui Lewis is our closing preacher; Jen Hatmaker, one of the world’s most…

FIRST GOOSE; FIRST TAT

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FIRST GOOSE; FIRST TAT Why I have a Wild Goose Tattoo By Richard Kennel I didn’t fit in anywhere. My progressive, independent science-loving free thinking spirit had become spiritually flat,…

Open Call for 2019 Co-Creators

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It’s time again 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…

Open Call for 2017 Contributors Copy

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Entries are now closed. You can expect to hear from us in the first week of April. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact us HERE. It’s…

Looking for a summer weekend event for your youth group?

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Looking for a summer weekend event for your youth group? The Wild Goose Festival is it! The Wild Goose Festival is an art, music, and story-driven transformational experience grounded in…

Fall tickets are on sale now!

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Did you know that right now you can take advantage of our lowest ticket prices of the season?  Only $199 for festival admission and tent camping. Special pricing ends December…

Find a quiet place to read this

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May the Sacrament of the Word and the hunger of our hearts meet, leading us ever more deeply into your heart, O God. Amen. Guest Post by Gwen Fry Having…

At the center of a just world, there is a farm.

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We're from Ohio! When you read the word Ohio, what do you think of? You might think of cows and corn, or of a particular university which refers to itself…

For anyone who’s ever struggled with “worship” – we feel you.

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By Lenora Rand One word you won’t see mentioned a lot on the Wild Goose Festival schedule this year is “worship.” That’s not because we won’t be having times in…

Holy troublemaker Sister Simone at Wild Goose!

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Wild Goose is thrilled to announce that Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus will be the 2017 Wild Goose Festival Sunday closing speaker! Lawyer, poet, author, and executive…

Reaching for new metaphors: An interview with Diana Butler Bass

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Perhaps no one looks through the past to the future more clearly than Diana Butler Bass. Diana Butler Bass, who is returning to the Wild Goose this summer, is an…

2017 Wild Goose Music Lineup

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The 2017 Wild Goose music lineup is fresh, hopeful, and more fun than you can handle! It might just be the most eclectic, diverse, dance-worthy, celebration style mashup in Goose…

Rev. Barber Returns to the Goose!

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Reverend William Barber, known around the world for his dedication to peace and his demand for justice, returns to the Main Stage at this year's Wild Goose Festival, and we…

For The Kids

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Bringing kiddos to the festival? Between our Kids Tent programming, playing in the mud, and creating music and art, there’s plenty to keep them busy. We recently caught up with…

Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted

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Big Ray grew up in the South Side of Chicago and began his music career as a singing bartender, singing along with bands like Billy Branch and the Sons of…

Meet Our Volunteer Coordinator

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Say hello to our new Volunteer Coordinator, Bec Cranford, a self-identified "Bapticostal misfit preacher" from Atlanta, Georgia. Though Bec's new to this role, she's a veteran community member and committed…

The Relentless Affection Of God

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Even though William Paul Young's bestselling novel The Shack was adapted into film and will be released in theaters tomorrow, (Friday, March 3) he took some time out of his schedule…

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…

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…

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…