Rainbow Gathering 1972
Being There – “So off to the mountains I went. There were at least two police roadblocks along the way, but I waved my press card and got through. Then I encountered the hippie roadblock, where my official press ID, duly issued by the Colorado Press Association, meant that even if I had a beard and was driving an old van, I was part of the evil establishment media that were exploiting and sensationalizing their innocent joyful celebration. But that festival had several sponsors, among them the Universal Life Church.
I had first heard of it in 1969 when I read a magazine article about this bizarre California church that would ordain anybody. I wrote and asked if that was true. It was true; within days I received an ordination certificate and wallet card.” – Rainbow Recollections: Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen attended the first Rainbow Gathering.
The Culture – “In theory, rainbow gatherings have no official organizers or leaders. No one is in charge. Some might describe gatherings as anarchistic communes. And others would resist that kind of labeling.” – Rainbow culture explained