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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.Their celibacy combined with external and internal societal changes resulted in the thinning of the Shaker community, and consequently many of the other Shaker settlements are now village museums.Future leader Ann Lee and her parents were early members of the sect.The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, more commonly known as the Shakers, is a millenarian restorationist Christian sect founded in the 18th century in England.
A few less-committed Believers lived in "noncommunal orders" as Shaker sympathizers who preferred to remain with their families.After Ann Lee and James Whittaker died, Joseph Meacham (1742–1796) became the leader of the Shakers in 1787.He had been a New Light Baptist minister in Enfield, Connecticut, and was reputed to have, second only to Mother Ann, the spiritual gift of revelation.Aside from the first community, Mount Lebanon, a number of new Shaker communities formed during the 5-year-period between 17.Also in New York, there was Groveland and Watervliet Shaker Villages.
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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.