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Toward a More Perfect Union: Shaker Inclusivity

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Join us for a Shake It Up Sunday discussion and brunch led by Sharon Duane Koomler on Shaker inclusivity. Individuals living in true community face many challenges. Giving up all to the "greater good of the community" has always been required for Shakers. It means more than giving up worldly possessions and relationships. A number of scholars have written about the Shaker practice of gender and racial equality. Join us to explore what that means for Shakers living in community. How successful have Shakers been at inclusivity? What kind of modeling was set for their neighbors and what effect has it had on the world at large? Let's talk about the meaning of Shaker "union" and how successfully it was achieved with their policy of inclusivity.

Readings will include excerpts from selected publications and presentations. Want to get started? Read The Believers by Janice Holt Giles. It's optional, but it's a great historical novel that reveals good insight into a woman's experience in Shaker community.

Tickets are $50, and $35 for members. The discussion will take place in the East Chatham, NY home of Sharon Koomler and Jerry Grant and include brunch. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.

Sharon Duane Koomler has spoken and published on Shaker design, spirituality, and diversity, and has a particular interest in the individual call to communal life. She has a BA in Folklore with a minor in American History from Indiana University and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Sharon is a Faith Andrews Fellow in Shaker Studies at Winterthur, and she enjoys good discussions around challenging topics.

Shake It Up Sunday is a program series hosted by Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon that explores through group discussion some of the radical ideas developed by the Shakers in the early 19th century.


Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 11:00AM


$50, $35 for members

Members at the $250 level and above attend for free

Pre-registration is required