Well the time has come for me to leave you this week and there will be a post tomorrow . I wanted to show you today The Canterbury Shaker Village and also what they have to say about the Shakers and the village that has been left to the trustees and volunteers to restore and look after.
I am trying to think of how to describe this wonderful place to you. I can only tell you how I feel. There is a calm and beautiful atmosphere here that I have never experienced before. When you walk around there with the Autumn leaves in the most gorgeous of colours and hues with a slight warm breeze and the quiet that surrounds the acres of land that it is on, there is a peace and tranquillity that wraps itself around you. The sewing rooms with their inventions of 100 years or more ago and the Sisters amazing talents and tiny stitches. Gorgeous threads on show and pincushions and fabrics all displayed for us to look at. Here is what the village has to say about the Shakers.
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. Most Protestants of the day found that bringing dancing, whirling, and clapping into a sacred space and elevating it above the word of God, spoken by an ordained minister, was sacrilegious. But to the Shakers, the dancing signified a communal, not individual, relationship with God, which was a powerful symbol of the Shaker cultural system.