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Migration And The Loss Of Spiritual Community: The Case Of Daniel Falckner And Anna Maria Schuchart

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By piecing together the fragmentary story of Anna Maria Schuchart and Daniel Falckner, this chapter examines the connections between migration, loss of spiritual community, and regeneration for early modern German Pietists at the turn of the seventeenth century to the eighteenth. Schuchart's and Falckner's highly emotional religious experiences connected them to a community that transcended gender, class, and religious identities. Several subsequent moves to Germany, Pennsylvania, and Raritan, New Jersey, suggest that they continued to perceive migration as a strategy for coping with loss and providing opportunities for creating religious community. For many early modern Germans, migration helped mitigate the loss of community they suffered as religious minorities and it offered new opportunities for regeneration. Their strategy frequently failed, but that did not hinder them from trying again and seeking new chances to create their ideal spiritual home.

Keywords: Anna Maria Schuchart; Daniel Falckner; migration; spiritual community



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