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Friends of the Shakers- Friends’ Weekend Registration
Register for Friends’ Weekend This registration is open only to current members of the Friends of the Shakers. Not a current member? Join today -- click here! It’s time to register for Friends’ Weekend held on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th. This year’s gathering promises to offer new and interesting opportunities with the Shakers, past and present. Come and learn, come and rekindle friendships. Following the Annual Business Meeting, Brother Arnold will lead a round-table discussion including a lively Q&A session about The Church of Christ, Unto a People in Kentucky & the Adjacent States, Sendeth Greeting, which was written in 1804 as part of the Shakers’ missionary efforts. This short treatise provides an early, fundamental, and modern-day understanding of the Shakers’ theological perspectives; and will build upon last year’s discussion of Life in the Christ Spirit. Participants will be provided copies of both essays in advance of Friends’ Weekend. Responding to the enormous outpouring of public concern in the wake of Sister Frances’ recent passing, Brother Arnold will present Sweet Summer Land: The Shakers’ Viewpoint of Death. He will explain the Shakers’ spiritual and temporal perspectives on end-of-life processes, and he will present histories of the Sabbathday Lake Shakers’ cemeteries, funeral and burial practices, songs, and notable historical accounts from the late 1700s into the present day. This presentation will offer a fascinating and uplifting perspective on what is typically regarded outside of the Church as a somber and sad occasion. Following an ever-popular tour of new acquisitions to the Shaker Museum and Library, Brother Arnold will narrate a photo scrapbook review of Sister Frances’ 79 years as a Shaker with selected readings from her writings and reflections. Saturday’s gathering will conclude in the Meeting House for a rousing sing-a-long of favorite Shaker songs and add some new songs to your repertoire. Please join us for this exclusive opportunity to share in the life and learn about the Shakers from the Shakers. We look forward to seeing you at Friends’ Weekend. Registration fee is $40 per person and includes two buffet-style meals in Shaker-style fellowship under the big tent. This registration is open only to current members of the Friends of the Shakers. Not a current member? Join today -- click here! Call (207) 926-4597 with any questions.