Once again, Wild Goose Festival has exceeded my expectations for how awesome, life-changing, and transformative it could possibly be. I’ve used the word “magical” before to describe it, but I think “spiritual” is probably a better word. Wild Goose is a special spiritual community and a fleeting moment of G-d’s kingdom here on earth.
I’ve spent some time over the past week, since the festival ended, trying to curate all of the words and photos and videos and reflections on what was a powerful experience for so many of us:
- Articles (and some photos) are pinned on Pinterest
- Videos are in a playlist on YouTube (nearly 4 hours worth!)
- Tweets (and photos and links to everything) are storified on Storify
My own personal reflections on Wild Goose Festival 2012 were published on the Sojourners blog in an article titled “The Nights Were Flamed With Fire.” Thanks to Cathleen Falsani for accepting my submission and publishing it there.
I’ve also begun posting some reflections on my Missional Shift blog, mostly the bits and pieces from Wild Goose that fit the theme of missional church.
Wild Goose Critics
Where there’s good things happening, there’s always going to be critics. So it’s been a few years since a certain “heresy hunter,” who shall remain unnamed and unlinked, has had me in his cross-hairs. But participating in a sing-along of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” to close out the festival on Sunday night, was enough to warrant a disparaging mention (“a free fall of subjective existentialism,” anyone?) on this gentleman’s blog (here’s a screenshot):
It was certainly an unusual song choice to end the festival on, but I trust festival director (and lead vocalist) Gareth Higgins implicitly. And the lyrics speak for themselves: “I know times are changing. It’s time we all reach out for something new, that means you too!”
Lauren Winner and Over The Rhine
One of the absolute highlights of Wild Goose Festival 2012 was the special session of author Lauren Winner with her friends Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist (from the band Over The Rhine). Festivals like Wild Goose are the only place that once-in-a-lifetime collaborations like this take place, and you have to be there to experience it for yourself!
Fortunately, for those of you who weren’t there, my new friend (and fellow Patheos blogger) Phil Fox Rose was there, and he captured an epic bootleg audio recording of nearly the entire hour-long session. If you’re interested, just posted a comment, and I can arrange to get you a digital copy.
I’ve taken my favorite section from that special session with Lauren and Linford and Karin and combined it with photos posted online from people who were there to create this 8-minute video featuring Lauren Winner reading four paragraphs on marriage and Eucharist from her book Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis followed by the as-yet-unrecorded song “Johnny and June” by Over The Rhine. Enjoy:
Who’s going to Wild Goose West, August 31-September 2, in Oregon? Do not miss it! G-d willing I’ll be there to help the Goose take flight on the West Coast. Hope to see you there!