“The Three Cs”

There are just four Shakers left in the world, living at Sabbathday Lake in Maine:

Because they are celibate, the Shakers rely on converts to keep their community going and say they receive up to 70 inquiries a year. To those interested, they send out literature and correspondence. Many inquirers are attracted to the romantic notion of the simple life espoused in chic, urban publications like Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple. “We’re looking for people . . . who feel that they are being called by God to a higher life,” Hadd says. “Most of these people we never hear back from.”

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