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By 2014 Festival

One of the great things about the Wild Goose Festival is that it continues to inspire reflection and conversation long after the last tent is packed up. Many of you have shared your Wild Goose experience on your blogs, and they have been a delight to read. What a wonderful range of perspectives, transformative moments and insights! Below are excerpts from two blog posts, with links to the full post. Click the link at the bottom of this post for more #wildgoose14 blogs.

“When you’re in the muddy woods without internet or a real shower for four days together, hanging out with preachers, teachers, healers, theologians, families, singles, drag queens, folk singers, fireflies, children splashing in mud puddles, rockstars, and everyday awesome folk who care about the future of the planet and all who inhabit it … well, it’s pretty much a little taste of Heaven if you ask me.” – Wild Christianity at the Wild Goose Festival by Debra Arca, Patheos

“I looked up and into the faces of those in the circle that began forming near me and saw love. I saw Black, White, Native American, Asian and Latino. I saw tattoos, dreadlocks, up-dos, shaved heads, piercings, face paint, costumes and drag. I saw gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, allies, parents, children, teenagers, elders and young adults. I saw every shape, every size. I saw myself. I saw a work of art. I experienced the Wild Goose Festival.”
Wild Goose Festival 2014 by Cortina Caldwell, Visit & Venture

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Living Liberation!

By 2014 Festival

Some thoughts on this year’s theme, Living Liberation!

melvin bray 2The Wild Goose Festival has been a fresh public expression of what it means to follow GOD in the way of Jesus. Our “love your neighbor” faith commitments challenge tendencies toward racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. Each year we’ve taken steps to be further transformed.

This year’s theme, Living Liberation!, manifests as the next natural step on this road of transformation. We do not believe it is by chance that it comes to us on the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Nor is it happenstance that the Wild Goose celebration of faith, justice, music and the arts should find its home in a state whose citizens are this year defying age-old divisions to chart a course Forward Together in pursuit of  justice for all. Nor is it lost on us that this is an election year in which the freedoms of many are demanding to be finally guaranteed. A Christian conversation about the gospel call to liberation couldn’t be more timely.

Living Liberation! also reflects the desire for the festival to be culturally accessible to an ever broadening audience. In order to do so, we knew we had to expand the conversation of the festival to include topics of importance to communities that have yet to reach critical mass at the festival. We began by pulling together a planning team that embodies the diversity the festival seeks as a hallmark. That alone brought to the forefront an array of speakers, topics, programming possibilities and strategic partnerships not previously on our radar, which we’ve pursued with vigor.

We have since been thoughtful about how best to tell the story of liberation as we’ve organized the festival. Living Liberation! simply means “learning to live in beloved community.” However, the particular articulation chosen emphasizes that beloved community is not possible without both a theological and political imperative toward liberation from all oppression as the basis of that community.

So it is our hope each day this year, beginning with a festival-wide morning conversation at Main Stage, to explore the inexplicable bond between community and liberation, so as to learn how we might better participate in both, and thereby make the beloved community of which the best among us have dreamed possible.

By Board Member and Program Director Melvin Bray


Preparing for the Wild Goose

By 2014 Festival, Goose News

The festival is almost here! We hope you are as excited as we are! To help you prepare, we’ve compiled some logistical information: Click here to read.  And the Wild Goose Invitation will guide everything we do, so we encourage you to read it if you haven’t yet.

As you plan what you want to see and do next weekend, you can read over our program book. It is full of a wonderful abundance of offerings. Read it here: WGF_2014_Program

A few thoughts on the 2014 Theme: Living Liberation!
We want to live in a world that is set free from the bonds that have been placed on us and the bonds we place on others. We want to be free from the barriers of discrimination that keep us from living as one body. This year, the Wild Goose invites you to celebrate a new way of life.

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