The Wild Goose Festival
Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts
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Where Faith and Music Meet
The Wild Goose Festival is a gathering of people who think joy and justice, music and service, freedom and faith, go together: a place for people who want to become fat souls. The metaphor of a "fat soul" is developed by the process theologian Patricia Adams Farmer to name people whose hearts listen to people who might not otherwise be heard, whose minds are open to new ideas, and who seek to help build communities that are creative, compassionate, and participatory with no one left behind. Farmer and others in the international process community believe that the journey toward such community begins, not with a sense of resentment or revenge, but with a sense that we are all included in a larger web of life which deserves our respect and care. Not all participants in the Wild Goose Festival are influenced by, or interested in, process theology. But all process theologians are grateful for fat soul spirit of the Wild Goose Festival. That's why we want to encourage Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Free Spirits to consider going to the Wild Goose Festival. This page is our encouragement:
Wild Goose is a Community
Wild Goose is a community gathered at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music and art. Our main annual event is a 4-day, outdoor festival hosted each summer in North Carolina. We also present smaller, more specialized events in other parts of the country throughout the year.
Every shape, Every size
“I looked up and into the faces of those in the circle that began forming near me and saw love. I saw Black, White, Native American, Asian and Latino. I saw tattoos, dreadlocks, up-dos, shaved heads, piercings, face paint, costumes and drag. I saw gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, allies, parents, children, teenagers, elders and young adults. I saw every shape, every size. I saw myself. I saw a work of art. I experienced the Wild Goose Festival.”
A Fat Soul Creed
We refuse to take ourselves too seriously. Laughter makes us larger. Our motto: Lighten Up and Get Fat.
All you have to remember
All you really have to remember about Fat Soul Philosophy is that a fat soul is a beautiful soul. In the process world view, God is the very Soul of the world, the ultimate instance of The Fat Soul, the One who lures us and all creation toward widening circles of Beauty. God yearns for beautiful relationships of earth and sky and people and turtles. God yearns for us to know that we are all of a piece, all deeply interwoven and wholly beautiful in our differences.
Fat Souls thoughtfully reject...
Fat Souls want to help build...
We work toward the building of communities, in local settings, that are creative, compassionate, participatory, multicultural, humane to animals, ecologically wise, and spiritually satisfying...we no one left behind.
Fat Souls want to help bring big ideas down to Earth
Pando Populus is a platform for people who care about big ideas and the Earth. Our aim is to create an ecological civilization.We’ve taken our name from the largest and oldest organism on the planet — a giant quaking aspen tree, spread over more than a hundred acres, thousands of years old, connected by a single root system.Various movements and organizations focus on one aspect or another of ecological concern. We endorse and celebrate their work.
A Gathering of Fat Souls
Yes, we are people of all religions and cultures and colors and sizes and body-types and ages and sexual orientation; we are extroverts and introverts; we are artists and engineers; we are those who sing the blues and those who sing arias; we are those who love chocolate and those (unfortunates) who do not.
Creativity, Imagination, and Justice
Ultimately, Wild Goose provides space for courageous, imaginative, and participative social justice work, creative expression, spiritual practice, and astonishing music.
Food for the Soul
"When contemplating the most content moments of my life, my mind automatically travels to my yearly summer pilgrimage to the breathtaking mountains of Hot Springs, North Carolina. Embedded below the Blue Ridge landscape, there is a campground bursting with nature’s beautiful simplicity; dirt pathways lined with green leafy trees that canopy overhead, the French Broad River flowing alongside it with resting spots that catch the perfect amount of sunshine or cool shade. The sky is wide and spacious in a way that makes me feel alive, part of something much greater than myself. Between the peace of the rushing river, the melodic calls of the birds, the sight of playful butterflies seemingly dancing with one another, and buzzing insects laboring for their next meal, the land seems to be in perfect harmony. Every summer, for four very special days, this campground becomes so much more than just pretty scenery and wide open space for me. This campground becomes a place of unconditional love and acceptance for all people, no matter what race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual preference, cultural, faith or non-faith tradition. For four days, the Wild Goose Festival is home to all seekers who desire a world of radical peace, of truth spoken in love, of equality and social justice that recognizes the dignity and inherent goodness of all people. It is in this environment that I feel most content because I have a deep sense of belonging and purpose as a liberal Christian. Within this community, I have witnessed personal discoveries, truths unearthed, and wounds healed, including my own.
Seeking Wisdom Together
If you imagine a music festival for spiritually-interested people who are influenced by process theology, it would look like the Wild Goose Festival. Just as the Wild Goose Festival emphasizes spirituality, music, arts, and justice; so process theologians emphasize these four themes. At the heart of the festival is an activity that is important to all process theologians: Seeking Wisdom Together.
Images from Wild Goose 2014
Fat Souls like wild geese
Fat Souls like Jane Goodall's Prayer
We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being. We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma; that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world; that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life; that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children; that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.
We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery - hungry, sick, and utterly without hope. We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labor, and prostitution,and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind. We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.
We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping,training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.
We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals,for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms. We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving; that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life; that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts;that we may learn to rejoice in our being.
We pray for these things with humility; We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit; We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God. We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.