The Gathering has popped up in the most unlikely locations in the US and the UK. Below are descriptions of the current micro-churches happening.
Salem is the home to semi-regular gatherings, and a month long community outreach with hundreds of musicians, dream interpreters, worshipers, praying saints, and lovers of other people who come from around the globe to share God’s love, entertain people and greet the visiting world that descends upon Salem each October. This is where the dream of reaching transformational festivals began in 1999. Time: The entire month of October and periodically through the year in pubs. Website.
This small rag tag team of people has been as many as twenty and as few as two, but has been a part of the Burning Man festival since 2010. Prophetic outreach, art installations, and photography projects have been a part of this edgy outreach. Time: each year during the week leading up to Labor Day. Website.
The Wild Goose Festival
Pastor Phil was part of the Wild Goose Festival in the early days when it was only a glimmer in the eyes of the organizers. A number of friends of The Gathering have been a part of this “Progressive Christian Music and Social Justice Festival” since the first event in 2011. Time: each July in Hot Springs, NC. Website.
We have a soft spot in our hearts for Burning Man and the Regional Burns. Beginning in 2014, five people from the US and UK joined this regional festival when it was in Port Talbot, Wales. The festival is now in Devon. This team began in 2015. Time: Early June. Website.
Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice
Each year at the Summer Solstice access to the stones is granted to everyone who wants to be there. Between 15,000 and 25,000 people arrive, and we are there to share the experience and to share the love of God with people. Four days prior to the event, we meet at the Stonehenge campground and its small festival about 2 miles from the stones. This team began meeting in 2015. Time: At the Summer Solstice and the 4 days preceding each year. Website.
HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival
This event took a year off in 2017, it returns for five days in 2018. Our small community which first gathered in 2015 is determining what to do with their time at the beautiful Hay-on-Wye this year. Time: Late May. Website.
Events We Will Touch in 2018:
Ocala Rainbow Gathering – Ocala National Forest, Florida, February
SXSW – visiting this influential Austin, TX music festival in March
Coachella Music Festival – First time to look into this massive event in Indio, CA, April
HowTheLightGetsIn – At Hay-on-Wye, Wales in Late May
The Hay Festival – Welsh border, Late May to Early June
Burning Nest – June 4-10, in Devon, UK
Stonehenge at the Solstice – June 18-21
Meziprostor – Prague, early July
Welsh National Eisteddfod – early August, Cardiff, Wales
Between the Trees, Rudry Festival – South Wales, mid-August
Salem’s Haunted Happenings – all October in Salem, MA
Contact PastorPhil (at) salemgathering.com for info
Goals for Researching New Festivals and Locations for 2018:
SXSW – the music and tech industry festival in Austin, TX that happens every March is on our radar this year.
Coachella – this massive music festival in Indio, CA in April is on the radar, and I am hoping to be working with Joshua Hanson’s Kingdom Promotions at this event. This will be a first time to Coachella.
The Town of Glastonbury – our friend Diana Dingles Greenfield is a vicar at Glastonbury and we are hoping to join her in touching this beautiful and mystical place with grace.
Land’s End, Cornwall – There is an open invitation to join the vicar Vanda Perret at the farthest southwest tip of England, which one should not call “England” when you are there – it is Cornwall!
Maybe you would like to participate in a church like this. Contact us if this is something that seems up your alley.