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The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing is a protestant sect, also known as the Shakers, founded in the 18th century in England, having branched off from a Quaker community. They were known as "Shaking Quakers" because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services. In 1747 women assumed leadership roles within the sect, notably Jane Wardley and Mother Ann Lee.

In 1774, one of the Shakers leaders, Mother Ann Lee, brought 9 of her followers to the United States. Over the next century, the Shakers grew to 19 communities and 6,000 members. A cornerstone of the Shaker religion was the belief that work was an act of prayer. Everything from crafting a chair to planting a seed to cleaning a home should be done with the same diligence a follower would bring to honoring God. Mother Ann Lee herself once wrote, „Do all of your work as though you had a 1000 years to live, and as you would if you knew you must die tomorrow.“ 

Shakers today are mostly known for their celibate and communal lifestyle, pacifism, and their model of equality of the sexes, which they institutionalized in their society in the 1780s. They are also known for their simple living, architecture and furniture.

Function, Purity, Perfection is an homage to the traditional Shaker values of grace and simplicity. 


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