Religious Experience

From Shaker Pedia


Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress Exhibit) [1] An excellent on-line exhibit. A exhibit catalogue can also be purchased from the Library of Congress.
RELIGION 166: Religious Life in the United States [2]  A fantastic course on American religious life. Professor Terry Matthews of Wake Forest University. Lectures, bibliography and more links.
RELIGION 466: Religion in the South [3] Another great course from Terry Matthews. Lectures, bibliography and more links.
Divining America:  Religion & the National Culture [4]  "TeacherServe" from the National Humanities Center.  An interactive curriculum enrichment service for high school teachers.
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance: Home Page [5] A great resource for religions of all kinds!
The New Religious Movements Homepage [6] A marvelous resource from the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia.
American Academy of Religion: Home Page [7] This site serves as an introduction to the AAR, the major learned society and professional association for scholars whose object of study is religion. Its mission, in a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, is to meet a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions and values.
Georgetown American Studies Web: Philosophy and Religion [8]
Indiana University Center for Study of Religion and America [9] A joint effort of Indiana University & Purdue
American Religion Links-West Virgina Un. [10]
WestWeb: Western Religious History [11] Promised Land. Religious experience in the American far west.
American Religious Experience [12]
The Center for the Study of American Religion [13] Princeton University
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: Table of Contents [14]
Making of America-Digital Library of Primary Sources in Am. Soc. History [15]

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS with Utopian and Communitarian Themes:

Communal Studies Association [16]  The mission of the Communal Studies Association (CSA) is: - To encourage and facilitate the preservation, restoration, and public interpretation of America's historic communal sites - to provide a forum for the study of communal societies, past and present - to communicate to the general public the successful ideas from, and lessons learned by, communal societies. Founded in 1975 as the National Historic Communal Societies Association, the CSA has expanded its focus in recent years to include the study of contemporary and international communal societies
The Society for Utopian Studies [17]  Founded in 1975,
Intentional Communities Web Site: Home Page [18]  Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects and dreams...
The Communitarian Network [19]   The Communitarian Network is a coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment. We are a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, international association.  We believe that individual liberties depend upon the bolstering of the foundations of civil society: our families, schools, and neighborhoods.
International Communal Studies Association [20]  is a multidisciplinary organization providing a common framework for scholarly exchange regarding communes, intentional communities, collective settlements and kibbutz throughout the world.
Millennium Institute [21]  The Mission of the Millennium Institute is to use systems thinking and the turn of the Millennium to catalyze a redirection of human civilization toward a peaceful, just, and sustainable future. 
Center for Millennial Studies [22]  Will 2000 mark a fundamental turning point in global history? In other words, it might not be the End, but might it be the end of the world as we know it? Founded by Hillel Schwartz.
Professor Andrew Wood's Home Page [23]   Utopian Themes.  San Jose State University.  Included on Dr. Wood's web site has information about Austin T. Wright, Edward Bellamy and Disney's "Celebration."
Sister Site [24]   The "Religious" life is also a communitarian lifestyle.
Foundation for Global Community [25]  
Institute of Noetic Sciences [26]  The Institute of Noetic Sciences has been at the forefront of research and education in consciousness and human potential. From the beginning we have pursued this inquiry through rigorous science. We are
The Goodenough Community [27]  We are about 300 people utilizing our relationships and organizing systems to further our personal development and accomplish our social agenda--to provide a model or demonstration community.
Gaia Education Outreach Institute [28]  The Gaia Education Outreach Institute (GEO) is a nonprofit organization that educates for mindful, sustainable living and a compassionate sense of interbeing with the Earth community.
Mark Shepard's Nonviolence Page [29]  Writings by Mark and others on Mahatma Gandhi, nonviolence, and alternative economics.


Table of Religious & Social Movements

English Dissenters and Millenarians:

ExLibris: English Dissenters [30]  An incredibly informative site that covers the English dissenters prior and during the Civil War in England as well as the Interregnum. Includes: Adamites, Anabaptists, Baptists, Barrowists, Behmenists, Brownists, Diggers, Familists, Fifth Monarchists, Free-Will Men, Grindletonians, Jacobites, Levellers, Lollards, Muggletonians, Puritans, Quakers, Ranters and Seekers.
Mary's City of David Home Page [31]  This community is located at Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Israelite Movement looks back to Joanna Southcott, the First Messenger, 1792, Devonshire, England. They claim to be the second oldest communal order in America after the Shakers.
Joanna Southcott [32]   and the Panacea Society.  A good book about her is:
The Anglo-Israelites [33]  believe that the modern Anglo-Saxons are the direct descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.  All Anglo-Israelite groups look back to Richard Brothers (1757-1824) who called himself "Prince of the Hebrews and Nephew of the Almighty."
Christian Israelite Church [34]  traces its roots back to John Wroe of Yorkshire, England, 1782-1863, who is often called the British Joseph Smith.  

English Dissenters-The Puritans in England and New England:

The Puritan Page [35]   Theology from a Bunch of Dead Guys:  The Hall of Church History.
Fire and Ice:  Puritan and Reformed Writings [36]
Jonathan Edwards On-Line [37]

English Dissenters-The Society of Friends (Quakers):

The Religious Society of Friends [38]  An truly awesome site!
The Quakers in Brief [39]  An excellent introduction to Quakerism by David M. Murray-Rust  of the Birkenhead Meeting, Merseyside, UK.
Quaker Information Center [40]  Located at Friends Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
American Friends Service Committee [41]   The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
The Quaker Collection at Haverford College [42]   Friends have published a great deal in the past three centuries, and Haverford has attempted to collect as much of this material as possible. There are more than 32,000 printed titles on the shelves, not including thousands of pamphlets, clippings and other ephemeral material. In addition, there are over 250,000 Quaker items in the manuscript collection.
Friends Historical Association [43]   The Friends Historical Association is an association devoted to the study, preservation and publication of material relating to the history of the Religious Society of Friends. Founded in Philadelphia in 1873, FHA has become an organization that is international in membership and interests and which anyone, Friend or not, is invited to join. The Annual Meeting in the Fall, and an historical pilgrimage in the Spring to an area associated with the history of Quakerism are important activities of the Association.
The Quaker Corner [44]   This is a family genealogy site, but, is full of information about Quakerism.
George Amoss's Quaker Electronic Archive & Meeting Place [45]   This site, the first general-purpose Quaker archive on the Internet, contains Quaker writings and other documents such as minutes and resource guides, as well as a message board and chat rooms in which Friends and friends are welcome to meet and worship together. The archive offers a keyword search function, and links to other sites of interest to Friends are also provided.
Quaker Web Ring [46]   Twenty-two sites.
Places Where Women Made History-Jemima Wilkinson House [47] Go to
Unruly Women [48]   "Biographies from Early America:  Unruly Women:  Jemima Wilkinson and Deborah Sampson Gannett" by James Henretta.  

The Anabaptist-Pietist Traditions:

Church of the Bretheren Network [49]    Their European Origins.  Good introduction.
Count Nikolaus Zinzendorf [50] & the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum).

The Methodists:

[51]  A book, study guide and web site.  A good introduction to Methodism.
Sermons of John Wesley [52]  Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Wheaton College.
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists, John Wesley, M.A. [53]  Some- time Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, England.

Barton Stone-Alexander Campbell Restoration Movement:

Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement Resources [54] Barton Stone was the primary minister at Cane Ridge during the Great Revival in Kentucky, the center of the Second Great Awakening.
Restoration Resources [55] More Stone-Campbell
Restoration Movement Pages [56] Even more Stone-Campbell
Old Cane Ridge Meeting-House [57] and
Historical Events in Early American Presbyterianism [58] Information about "The Kentucky Revival or the Second Great Awakening" taken from the
Early American Presbyterians -- M [59] Scroll down to "Rev. Richard McNemar". Info taken from the
Early American Presbyterians -- D [60] Scroll down to "Rev. John Dunlavy". Info taken from the
Barton W. Stone Short Autobiography [61] In chapters 7 through 9, Stone discusses Richard McNemar and John Dunlevy, the Kentucky Revival and the coming of the Shaker missionaries from New Lebanon, N.Y.

Emanuel Swedenborg and the Church of the New Jerusalem:

The New Earth Swedenborg BBS [62]  Everything you ever wanted to know about Swedenborgianism.
The Swedenborg Foundation [63]  Non-profit book publisher and educational site.
The Swedenborgian Church [64]  Located in Newton, Massachusetts.  Informative site.  Good links.

The French Prophets-The Camisards:

Le Musee du Desert-Camisards Museum [65]  In a typical hamlet in the Cevennes Mountains, inside the Camisard Chief Rolland's birth place, is a museum dedicated to the "Desert" period (1685-1787), from the repeal of the Edict of Nantes to the Edict of Tolerance and the Camisard War.
[66]   French movie make in 1970 about the Camisard guerrilla war against the royal French troops.   The Huguenot/Camisard resistance has inspired two French operas,


Charles Fourier (1772-1837) [67]

Brook Farm:

George Ripley (1802-1880) and Brook Farm [68]   PAL:  Perspectives in American Literature:   A Research and Reference Guide.

The Synoptic Index for the American Communal Movement:

Communal Societies: [69]   Index.

Other Similar Groups:

Ephrata Cloister [70] and
Communal Societies:  Alphabetical Listing [71]   Synoptic Index for
Utopo-Genesis:  Introduction to America-as-Utopia [72] by Steve Mizrach, Un. of Florida.
Early Restoration Research & Information Service (Mormon) [73] Section 49-Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jr., March 1831, at Kirtland, Ohio, addressed to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Lemon Copley. These elders were sent on a mission to the Shakers. Copley had been a member of the Society of Shakers but had recently joined the Mormon church. The revelation sets forth the major teachings of the Restoration wherein they differ from those of the Shakers.
Kirtland Temple Historic Center [74] run by the RLDS Church. This little town in Ohio has preserved a number of local sites important in Mormonism. It was from here that the early Mormons sent missionaries to the nearby Shaker Village, now Shaker Heights in Cleveland.
New Harmony, Indiana [75]    Home of the Rapites and the Owenites!
"Communism in Indiana" [76]   An Editorial,
Bruderhof Communities Home Page [77]
OHS/Zoar Village [78] ,Ohio-Society of Separatist of Zoar, founded 1817.
Willkommen!-The Seven Amana Colonies [79]
The Oneida Community [80] by Randall Hillebrand
Artcom Museum Tour: Oneida Community Mansion House [81]
Koreshan Site [82] Take a virtual tour of the Koreshan site.
Cyrus Teed [84] , the founder of Koreshanity.
Abode of the Message [85]    Spiritual Community of the Sufi Order International, guided by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.  Located at South Family of Mount Lebanon, N.Y.
FATHER DIVINE, MOTHER DIVINE & The International Peace Mission [86]
Shakers guests at the Jubilee Celebration of Father & Mother Divine's Wedding [87]