Wild Goose Experience

August 13, 2013

As I noted in a post yesterday, I spoke over the weekend at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. I also enjoyed attending the event jammed with speakers and music. As I checked in at the contributor table early Friday morning, I looked over and realized the person checking in next to me was one of the main speakers for the event: Philip Yancey. A couple of hours later, I heard him talk as he offered personal stories from his childhood and his quest to understand God and church (the first photo is one I took of Yancey speaking). On Friday I also attended a session with several speakers on food and spirituality, heard evangelical politico Rich Cizik talk about environmental advocacy (and had a great conversation with him afterward on religion and politics and then on Virginia politics), heard peace activist John Dear talk about Gandhi, attended a session where Cizik joined author Frank Schaeffer (son of Francis Schaeffer) to talk about environment, and heard David LaMotte sing. And, along with a couple thousand others at the campground, I tried to stay dry amid bursts of rain showers. Before speaking on Saturday, I attended a session with NPR's Krista Tippett interviewing civil rights leader Vincent Harding and author Phyllis Tickle, a session with authors Fred Bahnson and Mallory McDuff talking about the environment and spirituality, a session with Mark and Lisa Scandrette talking about managing time and money, a session with author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove reading excerpts from his forthcoming book (and singing), and part of a session with Tippett interviewing author Brian McLaren (the second photo is on I took of McLaren). Overall, it made for a nice weekend as I appreciated the opportunity to hear these speakers and I, as always, enjoyed camping. You can see more photos that I took during the Festival here.