By John McIntyre

The childrens of Peace, which existed from 1812 to 1890, was once begun through former Quakers from the us who manage a utopian neighborhood close to Toronto. With their propensity for advantageous structure, track, and formality, adherents to the sect attracted the eye of the non secular, political, and social élites. Their chief and founder, David Willson, used to be the most prolific spiritual writers and theorists in Canada on the time. the youngsters of Peace sought to create a church the place God spoke on to all and the place either Christians and Jews might discover a domestic. McIntyre appears at existence locally and areas the sect inside of its broader ancient contexts. His exam of the community's constructions and artefacts offers perception into the ideals and behavior of its adherents. young children of Peace makes an incredible contribution to the starting to be box of spiritual and cultural heritage in Canada.

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Around her, beasts lay in wait 32 Children of Peace Figure 5 Painted banner, attributed to Richard Coates, oil on canvas, 48" x 54", 01825. (Collection of Sharon Temple Museum) to devour her children as soon as they were born. 5 The painted banner shows the rescued woman, standing on the sea with her children in her arms, safe under a flag that represents peace and the all-seeing eye of God. The open eye depicted on the flag, brings to mind a symbol commonly used by the Masons. Here, however, the eye is contained within a sun, rather than a Masonic pyramid, perhaps a play on the concept of the Son of God.

Considerable latitude prevailed regarding personal possessions. When ownership of a highly decorative object became a stumbling block to faithfulness or a distraction from more important obligations to the meeting or to one's family and community, then disciplinary actions might be taken. Otherwise, they were not. 27 In the Yonge Street community, excessive indulgence in ornament was not an issue, since most members lived in simple log houses while clearing the land and taking on the back-breaking business of farming.

17 Willson saw himself in the role of rescuer (and once actually had rescued his wife and sons from drowning) and may unconsciously have projected his own anima in the two female figures of his visions. Willson's anima - to continue a Jungian interpretation - came to consciousness at a time of great crisis for the Yonge Street community. In 1812, the year of Willson's first vision, war broke out between the United States and Canada. President James Madison declared war on Britain and her colonies on 18 June; Willson's first vision occurred on 21 June.

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