July Synchroblog – Stories Of The Wild Goose

22 Jun


The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit.  In less than 24 hours, the first Wild Goose festival will be opening near Chapel Hill, NC.  This festival is a North American arts, music, justice and spirituality festival debuting June 23-26, 2011! Inspired by Greenbelt in the UK, the festival hopes to provide a space to deepen growth for those who want to connect faith and justice, and provide inspiration and energy for fresh expressions of Christianity in today’s world.
For more information about the festival check out The Wild Goose blog.

The July synchroblog is an open invitation for stories, thoughts, experiences and impressions that emerge from The Wild Goose Festival.

Of course, we’re looking for lots of stories from those who participated in the Festival.  But we want to hear from you whether you were there or not!  We still want to hear your story of how the Wild Goose (holy spirit) has made herself known in your life.    Or, another option might be to write on why you wish you’d gone to the festival yourself.  As always, we are looking for as many perspectives as possible!

Please plan to submit your name, name of blog, title of post and link in the comment section of the July announcement on the Synchroblog blog by 6 p.m. EST 7/5/2011 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog. The list of participants will be compiled and posted on 7/6/2011.


65 Responses to “July Synchroblog – Stories Of The Wild Goose”

  1. Anna Snoeyenbos June 28, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Anna Snoeyenbos “Wild Goose Festival – A Spirit of Life Revival” http://www.deepriverfaith.com/2011/06/wild-goose-festival-spirit-of-life.html

  2. Lee Smith June 28, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Lee Smith

    Word of Balance: Lee Smith,ND Blog

    “Goose Bumps: Opportunities Everywhere for Offense. A Fair and Objective Review.”


  3. Ryan Hines June 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks for this! I think it’s great you’re compiling lots of stories from those who participated in the Festival.

    I posted a blog on, mainly, the issue of gender and sexuality. Basically, I believe we need to look to love and respect all people: http://rmhines.com/?p=877

  4. Steve K. June 29, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Karyn Wiseman posted this:

  5. Kyla Cofer June 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I can’t wait to read all of the posts! Here’s my contribution from Kyla’s Joy. “I went to Wild Goose Fest and came back in love” http://wp.me/p1FkRa-q3

  6. Brian Gerald June 30, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Brian Gerald Murphy, Lessons In Movement Making, “Born Again (Again) at Wild Goose” http://www.briangerald.com/born-again-again-at-wild-goose/

  7. chrislenshyn June 30, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Wild Goose Festival was great. Here is my 2 cents.

    Much Love from Winnipeg MB Canada

    Chris Lenshyn

  8. Michele Hammond June 30, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Had a great and awesome experience at the Goose – can’t wait til next year!


  9. Deborah June 30, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Here’s my first things first response to the Wild Goose Festival…


    Deborah Wise
    Waverly, Iowa

  10. custodianiseed June 30, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    Well, this is my little rambling blogpost:


    Thanks for the chance to read all the others!

  11. Michele Hammond June 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    My initial thoughts on the Wild Goose…

  12. Will Norman June 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Will Norman

    Thanks to all who made this weekend wonderful!

  13. Callid Keefe-Perry July 2, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    Callid Keefe-Perry
    The Image of Fish
    Gatekeeping the Goose

  14. the_exile July 2, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    the_exile, Exiles in New York, “Greenbelt and the Wild Goose”

  15. Kerri July 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Kerri – “Earth’s crammed with heaven…” – waterfowl in my life: july synchroblog


    Thank you!

  16. Alison Leigh Lilly July 3, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    Wonderful! Here is the post I wrote in the run-up to the Wild Goose Festival, as well as my first follow-up post (of several) on my experiences and reflections there as a Pagan among Christians:

    “Chasing the Wild Goose” – http://alisonleighlilly.com/blog/2011/chasing-the-wild-goose/
    “Catching the Wild Goose: Thanks and First Thoughts” – http://alisonleighlilly.com/blog/2011/catching-the-wild-goose-thanks-and-first-thoughts/

    There will definitely be more to come at my blog, Meadowsweet & Myrrh.

  17. abbiewatters July 4, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    Abbie Watters – “Jessica – A Fable”


  18. Steve K. July 4, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Here’s my contribution to the July Synchroblog!

    Why Wild Goose Festival Was So Magical:

    can’t wait to read all of the other contributions!

  19. Tammy Carter July 4, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Tammy Carter
    Blessing the Beloved
    Visual Acuity and Flying

  20. Matthew Bolz-Weber July 4, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    a short poem, reflecting on the weekend


  21. Matthew Bolz-Weber July 4, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    direct link to the poem at


    (sorry for multiple posts)

  22. tsmith0095 July 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    What we’ll really take from Wild Goose, if anything…. http://tsmith0095.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/what-ill-take-from-wild-goose/ Asks the question, what will you remember 10 years from now about the Goose?

  23. Dale Lature July 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    “Wild Goose Reflection has been difficult for me to come up with” #wgf11 #WildGooseFest, but I kept on “letting it not happen” until it did http://wp.theoblogical.org/?p=7408

  24. Shay Kearns July 5, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    Shay Kearns writing at Anarchist Reverend. I’ve got three posts up about my experiences at Wild Goose:

    The Power of a Tshirt: http://wp.me/p1wWpW-71
    Apologizing to Over the Rhine: http://wp.me/p1wWpW-75
    Public Vs. Private: http://wp.me/p1wWpW-7i

    Public Vs. Private seems to be the most popular one so far.

  25. confessing queer July 5, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    seth donovan – http://confessingqueer.com/
    “about more than ‘the gays'”

  26. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    here’s another good one:

    Paul Fromberg – Celebrating Interdependence Day

  27. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    here’s a few more …

    Martin Turnidge – Greenbelt and Wild Goose:

    Glen Retief – Duck, Duck, Wild Goose?

    Peterson Toscano – I’ve Been Goosed:

    Peterson Toscano – What I Carried Into Wild Goose:

    Peterson Toscano – What I Blurted Out At Wild Goose:

  28. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    Eric Elnes – The Inaugural Wild Goose Festival: Recovering Something Lost

    Anarchist Reverend – The Power of a T-shirt

    Anarchist Reverend – Apologizing to Over The Rhine

    Anarchist Reverend – Public vs. Private (part one)

  29. John Martinez July 5, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Here’s Mine:

    John Martinez
    The Table

  30. Steve July 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    My post is called “A wild goose chase?”

    The URL is


    and it’s by Steve Hayes

  31. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    here are some of the links posted on the Facebook event:

    Chris Lenshyn – Chasing the Wild Goose

    David Zimmerman – Wild Goose Festival: A Recap

    Dan Brennan – U2, Wild Goose, and Deep Freedom

  32. Mike Croghan July 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Mike Croghan
    Rude Armchair Theology
    The Wild Goose is not safe

    Never done a synchroblog before, but since I already wrote the post, and Sir Knight invited me, why not?

  33. kathyescobar July 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    here’s mine:

    kathy escobar
    dreamers, lovers, and status quo rockers

  34. kerlinrichter July 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Kerlin Richter

    Richter Family Adventure

    you don’t need authority-


  35. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Mike Croghan – The Wild Goose is not safe

  36. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Custodianseed – “every single day they eat boiled goose”

  37. Alison Leigh Lilly July 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    The first of my three-part follow-up to the Wild Goose Festival exploring interfaith work and what Christians and Pagans can learn from each other:

    Alison Leigh Lilly – Meadowsweet & Myrrh – “A Pagan Goes to the Wild Goose, Part One”


  38. Steve K. July 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Carl McColman – Why the Wild Goose Festival Matters

  39. minnow July 6, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Here’s my link. It’s called Grace Response. http://minnowspeaks.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/grace-response/ Minnow

  40. Christine Sine July 6, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Here is my contribution to the blogathon. http://godspace.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/wild-goose-encounters-with-a-thin-space/
    Christine Sine

  41. Jeremy Myers July 6, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    My contribution:

    Title: Giving up the Wild Goose Chase

    URL: http://www.tillhecomes.org/wild-goose-chase/

  42. Robert July 6, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Thoughts on the inaugural Goose


  43. annawoofenden July 6, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Thanks for the push to write, and the invitation and the space to share! I wrote the core of this during the festival itself, some reflections at the end of the day of how God moved me through the Wild Goose experience.


  44. wmccaig July 6, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Here is my contribution

    Wendy McCaig, View from the Bridge

    “Loosing the Goose”


    Can’t wait to read all the insights from the festival. Wish I could have been there.

  45. joeywahoo July 6, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Here’s my offering: http://practicingresurrection.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/into-the-wild/

    Thanks for doing this!

  46. Rachel July 6, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Missed the 5 p deadline – but I am in.
    Thanks friends.
    Rachel Swan – The Sweet Bi and Bi
    goosed http://wp.me/pqQB1-9p

  47. Patricia Burlison July 6, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    A poem rather than a blog, but I did write it during the Festival after listening to Richard Twiss. Those who were listening to him Thursday night may remember how he ended with a short telling of creation. This was my response to that. I’m still processing the whole experience. http://trishadian.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/i-called-life/

  48. Jason Hess July 6, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Jason Hess
    eckSermonator – evolve your thinking

    While at the Goose


    I know I’m late but I figured I’d post it here in the comments anyways.

  49. Joel July 7, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Preliminary thoughts:

    -So Lost at Last-
    (In the Woods) – http://bit.ly/lau2lA

    – Joel DeVyldere

  50. Jamie Arpin-Ricci July 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Here is my contribution:


  51. brianjgorman July 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Brian Gorman
    Restoring Shalom
    “Wild Goose in Review,” surface level reactions, more to come

    I know I’m late on this!

  52. Melvin Bray July 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    here’s my self-critique in the mist of the afterglow:



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