When: Festival: Thursday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 11. Asheville Meet-up: Highland Brewery Tasting Room, Thursday, July 18.
Why: Here's what director and co-founder Gareth Higgins told Xpress:
Mountain Xpress: What are the roots of the Wild Goose Festival?
Gareth Higgins: Many communities in the U.S. have contributed to the Wild Goose Festival taking flight, but … it was repeated visits to the long-established Greenbelt festival in the UK by speakers and musicians from the U.S. that gave birth to the idea of doing something similar here.
The first Wild Goose took place two years ago, curating an intersection of justice, spirituality, music and art … at sites in North Carolina and Oregon. T Bone Burnett, Vincent Harding (who wrote speeches for Martin Luther King), the Indigo Girls, Native American Christian leader Richard Twiss, and Momastery's Glennon Melton are just a few of the speakers and musicians who have [helped make] Wild Goose a home for...Jesus-followers [who] want to challenge the dominance of militaristic, nationalistic, sexist and puritanical religion-as-usual.
Wild Goose takes its name from the Celtic image for the Holy Spirit. ...We are a community more interested in experimentation with the boundaries of thought and faith than pre-packaged prescriptions for who is “in” and who is “out.'
Do you see this festival as an expression of an evolving spirituality within Christianity?
Wild Goose … challenges the shadow side of religion: the too-easy equation of Christianity and nationalism … the tendency to dominate others. … We’re learning how to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.
For more info: Wildgoosefestival.org.
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