USA Today has a note about a conference/music festival for emergent-types, and it is set to take place next week in North Carolina. It’s called “The Wild Goose Festival,” and conference organizers are expecting about 3,000 to attend. According to the website, here’s what “The Wild Goose Festival” is all about.
“The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. We are followers of Jesus creating a festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all regardless of belief, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, denomination or religious affiliation.”
The speaker line-up is a virtual pantheon of liberal and progressive [ex]evangelical celebrities: Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, Tony Jones, Tony Campolo, Phyllis Tickle, Shane Claiborne, Frank Schaeffer, Lynn Hybels, and many more.
I recognize some of the musicians, but I have no idea who a good many of them are. Here are some you may recognize: Derek Webb, Andy Gullahorn, David Wilcox, Ashley Cleveland, and Sarah Masen.
There are two reasons that I wish I could make it to this festival. One, I’m a big fan of David Wilcox and would drive a long way to see him play live. Two, since this is “open to all regardless of belief,” I’d like to see what kind of diversity is actually present at this event. My hunch is that the “diversity” that is advertised won’t stray very far from the left side of the theological spectrum. If any of you readers plan to attend, it would be great to see someone blog about this one.