As we have received the Grace of God through Jesus Christ, by the gospel, and are called to follow peace with all men, we cannot, consistent with our faith and conscience, bear the arms of war, for the purpose of shedding the blood or any, or doing anything to justify or encourage it in others. Shaker inventions include the circular saw, the clothespin, the modern broom, and many other items we still use today. He was remembered, according to Evans, for his gift of healing as well as his "temporal assistance" in aiding the society--especially in the crossing of the Atlantic. During this same time period, John Hocknell converted from the Methodist Church in England and became an inspirational member of the growing Shaker community. Some social scientists suggest that these services provided an emotional outlet for the Shakers who otherwise lived an austere life. In Shaker worship the songs, tunes and dances of the sect were inseparable forms of expressing praise, joy, yearning or union.
Shakers also preached the importance of repentance since the millennium was imminent. Joseph Mecham , born in Connecticut, and Lucy Wright , born in Massachusetts, were the first American-born leaders of the Shakers. A few less-committed Believers lived in "noncommunal orders" as Shaker sympathizers who preferred to remain with their families. Then I was able to bear an open testimony against the sin that is the root of all evil; and I felt the power of God flow into my soul like a fountain of living water. Shakers tended to sympathize with the Union but they did feed and care for both Union and Confederate soldiers. The last of the Shakers are awaiting the renewal and continuing to live their utopian lives according to the visions that Ann L ee received over years ago. He was remembered, according to Evans, for his gift of healing as well as his "temporal assistance" in aiding the society--especially in the crossing of the Atlantic. The Shakers believed in opportunities for intellectual and artistic development within the Society. Like other Utopian societies founded in the18th and19th centuries, the Shakers believed it was possible to form a more perfect society upon earth. Although Shakers lived in their own communities in the form of large farms with multiple buildings and considerable acreage, did not vote, and were pacifists, they did not live totally outside mainstream society. One of the secrets of their success seems to be the fact that while they have lived since the 18th century by a set of basic tenets, they have always believed in constant re velation from the spirit world, and they never operated under the elaborate sets of rules that some less successful utopian communities imposed upon their members. Frequently called "Mother Ann's work" because many of the revelations purportedly came from the spirit of Ann Lee and showed her continuing concern for her followers, the period saw a rich outpouring of creativity in new forms of worship, song, and dance, including extreme trance and visionary phenomena. The couple had four children, all of whom died in childhood. Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire, displays the natural beauty of the countryside where the Shakers settled their communities, far from the corrupting elements of the major cities Courtesy of Canterbury Shaker Village In his book, The American Soul, Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders, Jacob Needleman states, "we need to appreciate the important role that innovative religious communities played in the formation of our country--remembering that, for many of the Founding Fathers, America itself was envisioned as a new land, a new community defined not only politically but also spiritually. These suits were nearly always decided in favor of the Shakers. Adherents lived together in celibate communities and practiced communal ownership of property inspired by the Christian communism of Acts 2: As time went on this changed. Every living thing, animal or vegetable, had both a male and female component. Mother Ann taught them that they should work: And, through their righteous living and works, the Shakers felt that they could uphold thi s covenant and achieve perfection. By mid-century, new federal laws were passed denying control of adoption to religious groups. In the 18th and 19th centuries, two different utopian movements illustrated two most extreme beliefs of sex as a way to salvation: Jesus was seen as the male manifestation of God and the leader of the first Christian Church. They were strictly celibate; men and women lived in segregated dormitories, coming together during the day to worship and work. Among the many accounts by Shaker seceders and apostates, the most comprehensive and historically oriented is Thomas Brown's An Account of the People Called Shakers: While no official creed holds the Quakers, or Society of Friends, together, the belief that God exists in all people caused many Quakers to be sensitive to injustice and degradation. Music and dance played a large role in their peculiar type of worship service.
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