One of the Biggest, Most Exciting Parties of the Year

One of the Biggest, Most Exciting Parties of the Year


One week from today, my family and I will be setting up our tent in the “quiet family camping area” on the grounds at Shakori Hills, just outside of Durham, North Carolina. Next Thursday night (June 23) is the official start of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival, one of the biggest, most exciting parties I’ve been looking forward to for more than a year (really, for several years, since I first began hearing rumblings about the formation of this festival).

If you don’t already know, the three pillars of the Wild Goose Festival are Art, Justice, and Spirituality. Now, I’ll be the first person to argue that music (one of the many art forms that’ll be on tap) is probably the #1 draw for most people when they think of attending a “summer festival” like this one. It’s a pretty big draw for me as well, which is why I’m so excited about the amazing musical guests that have been announced (including one of my favorite storytellers of all time). Music, however, is actually not the number one thing drawing me to Shakori Hills in June of 2011.

I’m very much looking forward to participating in the justice-making efforts of the festival, especially around addressing the serious problems of the prison system. And while I’d love to say my passion to pursue justice is the main factor driving my anticipation for Wild Goose Festival, I have to confess that it’s not.

The thing that I’m most looking forward to is the opportunity Wild Goose Festival presents to develop and grow in spirituality — to develop my own inner life in the surroundings of a beautiful campground (I’ve been there, and it’s amazing!), as well as in the midst of many friends who are on a similar spiritual journey together.

Our journey may be similar, but I know our individual stories and paths are very unique and different. That’s what excites me about a gathering place like Wild Goose Festival — a chance to come together on uncommon ground, to share our stories and soak in each others’ wisdom. Around a campfire. Under a clear blue sky.

Because we all need to be recharged. And our families need to be encouraged. Our kids need to make new friends and explore new experiences.

Wild Goose Festival will be a family reunion of sorts, but it’ll be much bigger than that at the same time. It’s a chance for all of us who wander to find each other and realize that we’re not lost. And to celebrate that we have, indeed, been found.

The music will be great. The justice-making will be on point. But I know our wild souls and spirits will find fresh nutrients in the soil of Shakori Hills to help us grow and to help us keep going, moving forward, onward and upward.

Until we see each other there,


P.S. I hope to connect with as many people as possible from the various tribes I am a part of: Emergent, TransFORM, Disciples of Christ, etc. If that’s you, please hit me back with a comment, phone call, text message, or email so that we can be sure to meetup at the Goose!

UPDATE 6/16/2011: Shortly after posting this today, Wild Goose Festival announced a special, 24-hour “Buy One, Share One” ticket deal. If you buy any ticket (a full festival pass, a day pass, etc.), you’ll get one of equal value free, so you can invite a friend! If you can only come for one day, please don’t miss this opportunity to experience Wild Goose, hear great music, engage great speakers, interact with great people. Hope to see you (and a friend) there!



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Posted on 06-16-2011

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