5 Spot | Dr. Oakley Gordon | 5 Spot | Salt Lake City Weekly

5 Spot | Dr. Oakley Gordon 

Pin It

The Kenosis Spirit Keepers and Salt Lake Quakers will host a fund-raiser featuring Dr. Oakley Gordon speaking on “Andean Mysticism and Healing the Planet,” this Friday, May 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House (171 E. 4800 South). Proceeds help the people of the South American high Andes, whose traditional way of life is being threatened by modern culture.

What’s so mystical about the Andean way of life?
They have the direct experience of (not just the belief in) the “sacred” in nature.

Some Andean villages are as high as 15,000 feet and a two-day journey from the nearest road. What do Andeans do to pass the time?
They herd alpaca (a South American camelid), weave wool, grow potatoes, hold celebration festivals and just try to survive.

How is the modern world impeding on their way of life?
Roads are being constructed to the villages, and electricity will soon follow. If history is any indication, these will come at the cost of their sacred connection to nature—a connection that could be exactly what the modern world needs.

Seriously, is the modern world really that bad? We’ve got microwave dinners, iPods and lots of parking. Shouldn’t the Andeans just “get with the times?”
The “times” are killing this planet.

What is the Salt Lake Quakers’ role in this event?
The Quaker community is giving me the loving support for my project (and is also letting me use the Meeting Hall).

What will people experience by attending your presentation?
An earful of good music, an eyeful of good slides and a heart full of noble thoughts.

Pin It


About The Author

Joey Hellrung

More by Joey Hellrung

  • 5 Spot | Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, former military analyst

    Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, 77, is a former military analyst and government whistle-blower, who worked on a top-secret study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam, which later became the “Pentagon Papers.” Ellsberg will speak at the ACLU Bill of Rights...
    • May 7, 2008
  • 5 Spot | Daniel Hill, youth program coordinator for the Utah Pride Center

    Daniel Hill, youth program coordinator for the Utah Pride Center (355 N. 300 West, 539-8800), is asking students to clam up for the 12th annual Day of Silence (DOS) on Friday, April 25, to protest the silencing of GLBT students. The center will “break...
    • Apr 23, 2008
  • 5 Spot | Peter Potterfield, author of Classic Hikes of the World

    Celebrated hiking expert Peter Potterfield is the author of Classic Hikes of the World. He is appearing at REI (3285 E. 3300 South, 486-2100) on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. where he will present his favorite hikes of New Zealand. What were your solo...
    • Apr 16, 2008
  • More »

Latest in 5 Spot

© 2023 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation