The Unitarian Church of Barnstable will host guest speaker Rebecca Soules, Program Director for Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire, at Sunday service, December 3 at 10:30 a.m. Her topic is I don't want to be remembered as a chair - A reappraisal of Shaker Material Culture
The religious group that we know today as the Shakers was formed in 18th-century England when dissidents from various religions, including English Quakers and Methodists, formed a religious society based on prophetic doctrine.
The Shakers’ revolutionary Christianity shocked their contemporaries. They challenged almost every mainstream ideal of American society during their time. Shakers believed in communal ownership, pacifism, dancing in worship, equality of the sexes, celibacy, and living simply. Overall, the Shakers were the most successful communitarian society in American history.
The museum at Canterbury interprets 200 years of Shaker life through its exhibits, buildings, gardens, programs, and tours. It has an enviable collection of Shaker objects, manuscripts, and photographs along with surviving architecture from all periods of its history.