Summer in the Spirit of the [Wild] Goose

by susan on May 26, 2020

For the last several years, people from our Well community have traveled to the beautiful hills of Hot Springs, North Carolina to experience the sense of community & spiritual rejuvenation inspired by the Wild Goose Festival. Often referred to as “the Goose”, the festival offers opportunities for connection, practice & learning around spirituality, social justice, music & art. Everything takes place outdoors and includes a variety of voices & perspectives. 

We have loved the “spirit” of the Goose, and since it was canceled this year due to COVID-19, we wanted to see if there would be a way for us to create some gatherings here that could help us experience some of what has been nourishing about the festival each year.

So, put on your dreaming hat and consider helping us gather in the spirit of the Goose. What might you want to lead or facilitate or share or host? A gathering to discuss the spirituality of Mary Oliver’s poetry? A conversation about creative ways to practice creation care or to grow your own food? A book discussion? A kayaking outing? A spirituality or social justice-themed storytelling event?  Something else way wackier or more practical or out-of-the-box?  Tell us about it! You can look here to see what kinds of gatherings have taken place at the Goose. It can be a one-time offering or something you’d like to do weekly. 

If you are interested in hosting or facilitating a gathering sometime between June 15th and July 31st, please fill out *this Google form with your idea and how we can support you in making it happen. Please submit by June 5th if possible (yes, we know that’s super soon!). Once we have dates confirmed, we’ll put together our calendar, then share & invite our larger community to join in.

Whether you are willing to help us host or lead or just want to join in, we hope to see you in some capacity soon!

*You’ll notice on the form an option for hosting “small, in-person gatherings, as permitted”. Our Well Regathering Group is continuing to monitor COVID trends in our community and will adjust accordingly, but we are hoping to begin some small in-person gatherings in June with precautions in place. You may choose to host your gathering virtually (via Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.) or indicate that you only want to host an in-person gathering if permitted. 

Upcoming Sunday Gatherings

by susan on April 16, 2020

In the midst of baptizing someone, I offer a few words to describe what is happening. As the person is being lowered into the water, I say, “You are buried with Christ in his death.”. And as they are being lifted out of the water, I say “and raised to walk into new life.” It is a reminder that in choosing the way of Jesus, we are not ascending to a fixed set of beliefs or taking out an eternal life insurance policy, we are choosing a different way of being in the world – a new way of loving, spending, relating & caring that will give rise to new habits, living situations, relationships, priorities & vocational paths. 

As the disciples & other early followers of Jesus were processing all they had experienced & adjusting to the post-resurrection days described in scripture, they must have had all kinds of questions stirring around their hearts & minds. What now? Now that we are getting back to our jobs, routines & rhythms, how do we continue to live into the upside-down kingdom Jesus taught & embodied? How do we live this New Life?

How to get “back to life” though is not just the question that was on the minds of the first disciples or on the hearts of those choosing to begin a more intentional walk with Jesus.

In these pandemic times, it is also the question on our minds.

Right now, in this unsettling season that we find ourselves in, we too are experiencing some stirrings to re-think our way of life. We are seeing the glaring disparities between rich & poor, black & white even more prominently right now. We are questioning the way we spend our time, our money & our energy. Some are enjoying a simpler way of being. We are starting to wonder if we’ve been investing more in maintaining “The Way Things Are” than living into “The More Beautiful World”1 & wondering what might need to be uprooted, rearranged or re-distributed to change the course of things.

While there may not be a map for how to follow these stirrings toward a new way of life, there are companions & guides that can help us along the way. There are those who have stories to share about what they are experiencing as they take steps deeper into a more soulful, connected, just & Jesus-centered way of life.

Join us in our upcoming Sunday gatherings via Zoom as we wrestle with these questions, hear stories from friends & fellow-dreamers, look to Jesus together & consider what new life could look like in the nitty-gritty of our daily lives.  We start gathering online at 10 a.m. for casual conversation & begin at 10:30 a.m.

1 In Love Anyway, founder of Preemptive Love Coalition, Jeremy Courtney describes his own journey as one away from “The Way Things Are” in search of “The More Beautiful World.”  I love this way of talking about the journey of faith. It is so much more than ascending to a set of beliefs. It is a new way of life.

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