What does it mean to live a life fully devoted to God, where hands and hearts are united in a single purpose? What does it mean to love everyone equally, without giving primacy to our familial relationships?
Continuing last week’s discussion of Christianity in the South in the Early Republic, we spend this week with the Shakers, exploring their history and beliefs and the challenging questions they raise. Originally founded in the late 18th century in England, the Shakers came to the United States via New York. In 1804, Shaker missionaries brought Shakerism to the South and started a community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, which would last over 100 years.