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Wild Goose East ended a week ago and I’ve been reflecting on the experience. I went to the festival guarded, having heard that the previous year’s iteration was marked with tones of bitterness and cynicism toward institutional forms of Christianity, unimaginative rehashing of failed theological liberalism, and exploration of a bland and consumerist non-distinct “spirituality.” I was ready for more of the same, yet hopeful that the theme for the festival, “Exile and Return,” might offer a way forward.

In that regard, I was not disappointed. There were still plenty of angry people, many of them rightful so. They’ve been injured by “people of faith” and have a hard time reconciling the hurt they’ve experienced with a community that is supposed to be marked by God’s love for the world, in the world. For many, the anger developed into cynicism toward Christianity and “the church.” These people are in exile and sometimes it is helpful to be able to call it what it is. Continue Reading…

Prayerflags

I opened Saturday’s sessions by listening Cathleen Falsani talk about Anam Cara, a Gaelic phrase that means ‘soul friend.’ Falsani talked about how she gave up on involvement in Christian community after the church she was part of split over a doctrinal issue. The split was painful and it left her feeing jaded and disillusioned.

So, she became a ‘wolfpack of one,’ and counted herself among that growing number of ‘spiritual, but not religious’ exiles from organized Christianity. That all changed in the wake of the death of one of her friends from college.  Continue Reading…

Overheard at the Goose

June 23, 2012 — 4 Comments

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Just a quick update after a full day of Wild Goose action… I’ll wait until sometime next week to post more thorough reflections on the experience…

The theme for Wild Goose 2012 is Exile and Return. From what I’ve observed and heard, both parts of that theme are present in nearly every conversation. There are plenty of people who are hurting, sad, angry, or cynical about “organized religion,” in general, and “institutional Christianity,” in particular. This is spirit was present last year as well.  Continue Reading…