Shane Claiborne: Wild Goose Hopes & Dreams

Each week we’ll be hosting a guest post by Wild Goose friends writing about what they’re looking forward to in the first year of the festival. This week we have Shane Claiborne, mendicant wanderer and nu-monastic extraordinaire.

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 music
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

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7 Responses to Shane Claiborne: Wild Goose Hopes & Dreams

  1. Robert says:

    Sorry, but to understand better, two small questions –

    1. “Fusing Jesus with justice?” Is there some idea that Jesus, himself, is not just, or that he is a mere concept to be combined with others to suit?

    2. Vigils outside weapons contractors? Has it become a Christian ethic to deny the innocent the means of protecting their own lives and families?

    Isn’t the Gospel given us in Scripture sufficient without being compelled to add trendy bits to be “relevant?”

    • Ed Cyzewski says:

      Robert, I think Shane is saying that many Christians have unfused Jesus from his justice side. So he wants to join that integral part back onto him. Having read most of his books and articles, I think that’s a pretty safe assessment of where he’s at.

      As far as the weapon contractor protest, I’m not sure that’s what I’d call trendy. Trendy is candles and incense in a suburban megachurch that’s trying out the latest worship fads. Shane is an activist who has gone to jail in order to draw attention to the war economy in America. You may disagree about the value of that, but calling such actions “trendy” strikes me as a shot below the belt. I hope it was just a misunderstanding. If you read Shane’s book Irresistable Revolution, you’ll find that being trendy is the last of his concerns.

  2. Bill Samuel says:

    How about a public witness that ties issues together – a procession to places like a military site (base, weapons manufacturer, etc.), a place representative of economic exploitation, an abortion facility, and some element of the system involved in the death penalty.

  3. Karen says:

    Good post. I’m following the planning with interest and excitement and would like very much to be a part of things, and I’m also hoping that Wild Goose will be a place where gay and lesbian Christians will feel welcome as opposed to outcast or merely tolerated. My decision as to whether or not to attend will be based in part on how inclusive the planning will actually be.

  4. wildgoosefestivities says:

    Thank you all for caring so much. Shane is a valued part of our Flock, and we hope you will come to be so too, as we get to know each other better. We’ve invited friends of the festival to contribute guest posts to the blog in the next few weeks; their input is highly valued, but the hopes and wishes expressed by our friends are just that: their hopes and wishes. The Wild Goose Festival is a collaborative endeavor, and we look forward to what emerges.

  5. wildgoosefestivities says:

    Oh and Karen – thank you for asking. We want Wild Goose to be a fearless environment where everyone can be who they honestly are, and where they’re honestly at, without fear of condemnation. This is pioneering territory for all parties concerned: We’re bound to make mistakes in these early years of the festival, but we’re convinced a better way is possible. We hope you’ll join us!

  6. renee altson says:

    Thanks, Shane. I resonate with what you have shared.
    I am anxiously looking forward to this event.

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