Institute on Religion & Democracy Press Release
July 12, 2018
Contact: Chelsen Vicari, Cell: 540-239-2170, E-mail: cvicari@TheIRD.org
Who: Jen Hatmaker, Tony Campolo, Frank Schaeffer, Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren
What: Wild Goose Festival
Where: Hot Springs, NC
When: July 12-15, 2018
Washington, DC—Evangelical and Religious Left groups will gather on a North Carolina campground in Hot Springs this weekend for the annual “Wild Goose” festival, a four-day festival of music, interactive story-telling, “reconciliation yoga,” and “progressive Christian mysticism.” The Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Chelsen Vicari will provide on-site coverage.
This year’s “Wild Goose” festival will feature Jen Hatmaker, an Evangelical author who liberalized her views on same-sex marriage, self-described “Christian-Atheist” Frank Schaeffer, “progressive Christian mystic” and United Methodist pastor Roger Wolsey, among other “spiritually non-traditional” speakers. Breakout sessions will highlight “Queerology,” “Reproductive Justice is…,” and “A Practical Guide to Getting Elected.”
“Wild Goose” is loosely patterned on Great Britain’s Greenbelt festival, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, and SXSW.
IRD Evangelical Program Director Chelsen Vicari commented:
“Wild Goose is a bizarre attempt to refashion Christianity for disgruntled Progressive Christians attracted to postmodern sexual relativism, mysticism, and New Age.
“Wild Goose pushes against the boundaries of orthodox Christianity by experimenting with mysticism and vague spirituality. Sadly, some disillusioned young Evangelicals find this distorted version of Christianity alluring.
“Of all the progressive Christian events I’ve monitored on behalf of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Wild Goose is the most troubling in my view. But the truth is no matter how modern the meditation practices or interactive the story-telling, progressive Christianity remains unfashionable as its leading denominations continue in decline.”