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"F. M. Smith, the Atherton Community, and American Communal Experiments" with David Howlett
Join David Howlett as he explores the story behind the Atherton stewardship community, an early RLDS experiment in communal living begun nearly a century ago. Nineteen families joined in shared property, labor, and worship on 2,500 acres of land purchased by the church outside of Independence, Missouri. The communal experiment was heralded as a grand success at the 1930 centennial celebration but soon ended less than a decade later. David will share the story behind the church-sponsored experiment and what caused its formal closure.

Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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David J. Howlett
David Howlett is the Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Howlett earned a B.S.E. from the University of Central Missouri, a M.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is a specialist in American religions and has taught at Kenyon College, Skidmore College, and Bowdoin College. His published works include Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space (2014) and co-authored, Mormonism: The Basics (2017). David is one of three official historians for Community of Christ. He holds the priesthood office of Elder.