Religion: One More River to Cross

Sister Sadie Neale is not worried about the atom bomb. Her mind is on more important things—the great days of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, whom the "world's people" call Shakers.

"I don't waste any thoughts on the future," she says. "I don't plan for it." Sister Sadie is 98, the oldest living member of the sect; there are only about 50 left. For within the Shaker fold, as in the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no marriage or giving in marriage; Shakers are made, not born, and there were never more than 6,000 of them. But...

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