I was talking to a friend last night when he let drop a most interesting fact about his upbringing… he grew up in New Hampshire living next to a Shaker community. While they numbered only in the thousands in their heyday, and there are only three left now (three people, not three thousand), they’ve left quite a mark on American culture. In fact, the physical therapy place that I go to has a sign in their lobby “hands to work, heart to God,” which was a Shaker slogan. Besides that, they are fascinating to study.
I show my sociology of religion class a documentary about the Shakers. Here’s a clip from it.