October 23, 2013

Restless Souls

In 1912, Abdul-Baha, leader of the Baha'i faith, visited Greenacre, a religious community in Maine founded by Sarah Farmer in 1894.
American Identities: Episode #8

In recent years, many Americans choose to label themselves as "spiritual but not religious." What is the history behind this type of open-road spirituality, and how have Americans' attitudes toward religion shifted over time? Leigh Schmidt, professor with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, uses the story of Sarah Farmer - a visionary who started a religious community in 1894 - to illustrate the ever-present struggle between freedom and surrender in American religious identity.

In 1912, Abdul-Baha, leader of the Baha'i faith, visited Greenacre, a religious community in Maine founded by Sarah Farmer.

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