The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Wild Goose Festival 2013

The School of Theology is a sponsor of the 2013 Wild Goose festival in Hot Springs, N.C., Aug. 8–11, 2013. Because of this sponsorship, The School of Theology is able to offer Sewanee friends and alumni/ae a 20% discount on tickets to the festival by entering the code “SEWANEE” on the festival’s website.

This annual festival is hosted by Wild Goose, a community gathered at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art. This year's event will feature speakers such as Krista Tippett, Philip Yancey, and Vincent Harding, and music by The Indigo Girls, Aimee Wilson, and Phil Madeira. At a typical event, you can take in a main stage performance, have a conversation with a screenwriter, engage in an interfaith dialogue, and participate in dozens of open air conversations under trees, around drinks, and at campfires. For the full list of events, click here.

The School of Theology will be well represented at the festival. Courtney Cowart and Jim Goodmann, the programs center's new leadership, will be on hand to spread the news about the center's expansion. Annwn Myers, dean of the office of recruitment and admissions for the seminary, will also be there to promote the new Master of Arts degrees in religion and environment and theology and literature.

The School’s dean, the Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, has committed to reaching out to a younger and more diverse constituency for both the seminary and the programs center. The Wild Goose Festival is an excellent opportunity to engage the change the world generation of spiritual seekers whose interests intersect many of the new programs will be bringing to Sewanee.

The festival will be an opportunity for the School’s leadership to learn more about young adults with interests in spirituality, justice, and sustainability. We will conduct focus groups on site and gather data that will inform our marketing and website development for both divisions of the School. It is also an opportunity to connect with innovative leaders of the Episcopal Church and the emergent church movement.

Be sure to visit the School’s booth to say hello and give input on future programming. Come learn more about the exciting offerings from the seminary and the programs center already planned in 2013-2014, including information on the new EfM curriculum being offered beginning this year.