Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Shane Claiborne on The Wild Goose Festival...

You've heard me talk about The Wild Goose Festival. For nearly five years I, with a growing band of sisters and brothers, have been working on developing a North American version of The Greenbelt Festival. The dates for the first festival are set for June 23-26, 2011 at Shakori Hills in North Carolina. The web site will go live sometime this week and you will be able to buy tickets very soon. We are limiting ticket sales in the first year so prepare to jump on board quick. The first time I met Shane Claiborne was several years ago in a late night friend gathering at The Greenbelt Festival. Shane has been engaged with us on launching the Wild Goose for a couple of years. Here are his thoughts...

Shane_Claiborne-759765 I am proud to have been part of this shin-dig from its inception… and am so excited to see it being born.

Here are a few of my hopes for the ole Wild Goose Festival. I hope it is…..

A celebration of art, creativity, and prophetic imagination
A showcasing of fantastic Kingdom-minded projects and missional businesses (not just funnel cakes and university tables)
A spectrum of diverse voices harmonizing without homogenizing – old and young, catholic and protestant (and other), all colors of skin, from many walks of life
Courageous and daring
An uncompromising fusion of Jesus and justice without making folks who are new to either of these feeling excluded — perhaps a few debates or panels inviting critics to share their voices would be nice
An event that is creative enough to make sure money is not an obstacle to folks who want to attend
Good teaching…. And good musicIrresistible Revolution
A convergence of movements
A place for families and kids
A public witness where we can do something together to bear witness or stir a little holy mischief (perhaps a vigil outside a weapons contractor or abusive corporation)
A space that feels sacred – filled with worship, genuine fellowship, and celebration
A gathering where theory and practice meet, where prayer and reflection are married, where there is good thinking but also good living taught and practiced
An embodiment that displays the unity of Christ’s body, and creatively practices Communion/Eucharist together

A few things I would like to make sure Wild Goose is NOT:
Preaching to the choir
Celebrity-driven entertainment
Branded by one organization or movement
Sloppy with theology
Sloppy with practice
Another Christian music festival
Profitable (expensive)
A passive gathering of spectators
Just another event to go to every year

It is a gift and honor to be part of this little adventure with all of you.

shane claiborne