June 26, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Iliff on the Road: Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs, NC
Description: 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. It also presents smaller, more specialized events in other parts of the country throughout the year. Iliff will host a booth within this community and welcomes you to visit with us during this festival.
“Wild Goose” is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace. Wild Goose takes inspiration from this concept, as well as many events such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community and SXSW.
Tribute to Vincent Harding
There is much that has been hope-filled about the Wild Goose Festival, yet nothing more so than the involvement of Dr. Vincent Harding. This unassuming giant of the Movement for Social Transformation in America (reductively known as the Civil Rights Movement) deigned to walk among us the first three summers of our existence and in his ever thoughtful manner made us believe beloved community was possible.
Vincent Harding was the festival’s first community elder. His involvement began with an inaugural invocation that stretched wide the wings of the Goose to envelop not just those present that first year, 2011, but also those who have yet to join this annual migration. The next year he introduced us to his friend Bayard Rustin, the often overlooked gay Movement veteran, who was a driving force behind the March on Washington. Then last year he sat in conversation with us each morning of the festival, sharing with us the wisdom of his many years in interracial, ecumenical, multifaith struggle for justice. And we know his heart held only the biggest blessing for our attempts toward Living Liberation! this the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer.
Date: June 26-29
Location: Hot Springs Resort & Spa (Near Asheville, NC) Bridge St Hot Springs, NC 28743
Info/Contact: Wild Goose website: http://wildgoosefestival.org/