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Joseph Meacham brought Lucy Wright (1760–1821) into the Ministry to serve with him and together they developed the Shaker form of communalism (religious communism).By 1793 property had been made a "consecrated whole" in each Shaker community. Those who signed the covenant had to confess their sins, consecrate their property and their labor to the society, and live as celibates.They also experienced what they interpreted as messages from God during silent meditations and became known as "Shaking Quakers" because of the ecstatic nature of their worship services. The new heaven and new earth prophesied of old is about to come.They believed in the renunciation of sinful acts and that the end of the world was near. The marriage of the Lamb, the first resurrection, the new Jerusalem descended from above, these are even now at the door.This group of "charismatic" Christians became the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing (USBCSA), or the Shakers.Their belief was based upon spiritualism and included the notion that they received messages from the spirit of God which were expressed during religious revivals.Aside from the first community, Mount Lebanon, a number of new Shaker communities formed during the 5-year-period between 17.
Having supposedly received a revelation, on May 19, 1774, Ann Lee and eight of her followers sailed from Liverpool for colonial America.
And when Christ appears again, and the true church rises in full and transcendent glory, then all anti-Christian denominations—the priests, the Church, the pope—will be swept away.
The members looked to women for leadership, believing that the second coming of Christ would be through a woman.
As early as 1747, women assumed leadership roles within the sect, notably Jane Wardley, Mother Ann Lee, and Mother Lucy Wright.
Shakers settled in colonial America, with initial settlements in New Lebanon, New York (called Mount Lebanon after 1861).
During the mid-19th century, an Era of Manifestations resulted in a period of dances, gift drawings, and gift songs inspired by spiritual revelations.