Social Enterprise and the Founding of American Religious Orders
There are different forms of service but the same Lord. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.
—I Corinthians 12:4–6
We don’t know whether the original signers of the Declaration of Independence or the drafters of the Constitution were familiar with the work of Katy Ferguson. If they had learned of her remarkable efforts, those who had argued for a significant role for women in the new republic would certainly have felt vindicated.
At about the same time that Ferguson’s Sabbath school effort was spreading across New York City, a woman who probably better fit the Founders’ idea of a republican mother was starting her family in the same ...