Book review: ‘A Midwife in Amish Country’

Sep 17, 2018 by

In her excellent 2013 study of the Amish romance, Thrill of the Chaste, Valerie Weaver-Zercher decisively argues that books about the Amish are predominantly written for an evangelical Christian audience. The...

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Dark side to Amish religious freedom?

Aug 13, 2018 by and

Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wisconsin v. Yoder decision has traditionally been hailed as a religious freedom victory for the Amish, some Amish people want to challenge the 1972 ruling. That’s one thing...

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To beat addiction, path to freedom is spiritual

Jul 16, 2018 by and

For Paul Fehr, addiction to drugs began with rejection, but an encounter with Christ helped him overcome that bondage. Now he’s the executive director of Operation 6:12, a Christian residential program in...

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Seek ye first the kingdom of God, not the Amish romance

May 22, 2018 by

About every two to three months, I get messages from a young woman or two wanting to become Mennonite or Amish. They’ve done no research and are looking for dress patterns or, as they call it, “Kapp”...

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The ‘Anabaptist Option’?

Jan 29, 2018 by

A recent must-read book for Christians concerned about the decline of traditional values is The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. Author Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The...

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Book review: ‘When the English Fall’

Nov 6, 2017 by

Iwill not soon forget an image David Williams creates in the opening chapters of his excellent novel, When the English Fall. The image is searing in its horror and in what it portends. Some kind of solar storm...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Book review: ‘Becoming Amish’

Dec 5, 2016 by

The same desire and longing I identified in the rock/rebellion anti-establishment culture during my early 20s I have found in Christian culture and especially in Anabaptist groups who believe in living out...

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Amish free to choose

Nov 21, 2016 by

It is puzzling to me why Bluff­ton University would look to Saloma Furlong for answers about Amish life (“Author Dispels Amish Misinterpretation at Bluffton,” Oct. 24). I am Amish and work at the Amish...

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History: Who can get the Amish vote?

Nov 7, 2016 by

Despite a drive to garner Old Order Amish votes this year, historical evidence suggests Donald Trump won’t get them as tries to become the 45th president of the United States. Two Republican operatives...

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10 years after Nickel Mines school killings, the work of grief remains

Oct 3, 2016 by and

BART TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The West Nickel Mines School is long gone. Two of the survivors are now married. Several of the couples who lost their daughters have had more children. The shooting 10 years ago in a...

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Book review: ‘Simple Pleasures’

Sep 12, 2016 by

In the creative nonfiction course I teach every spring, I talk about a memoirist’s ability to both convey personal experience and also make connections with an audience. This interplay between the individual...

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Politically aloof

Aug 29, 2016 by

The Amish have never become involved in politics nor voted, and it’s not likely they will now (“Ads Introduce Trump to the Amish,” Aug. 1). They are aloof from the affairs of government. Newspaper ads...

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Amish: potential Trump voters?

Aug 23, 2016 by and

An effort to mobilize potential Amish voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing in spite of a decision by one nationally read newspaper to drop a...

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Political ads introduce Trump to the Amish

Jul 25, 2016 by

A political action committee seeking to mobilize the Amish to vote for Donald Trump is running ads in two newspapers that reach Amish communities. Amish PAC ads have appeared in The Budget and Holmes County...

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Book review: ‘Breakaway Amish’

Jun 20, 2016 by

As a distinct religious and social group, the Amish have grown used to having their lives reported and interpreted by outsiders. Scholars study them. Novelists and “reality” television shows tell stories...

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On not being anti-Trump

Jun 2, 2016 by and

During the past winter and spring, we have had conversations with Amish and Mennonite neighbors regarding the U.S. presidential candidates. Although our denominational press seems almost unanimous in its...

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Trump PAC reaches out to Amish voters

May 31, 2016 by and

Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? A new political action committee is betting $41,000 they will. Called Amish PAC,...

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Healing ministry in ‘battle zone’ of abuse

May 9, 2016 by

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Physical and sexual abuse in the Amish-Mennonite community weighs heavily on Larry and Kendra Kaufman, pastoral couple at Grace Mennonite Church. Just this year in their community, the...

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For Amish, long trip to chiropractor can be fun

Apr 11, 2016 by and

CANISTOTA, S.D. — It’s a common site in Old Order Amish communities: blue dresses, black pants and white socks on a clothesline billowing in a brisk, early spring wind. But this clothesline and its...

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Book review: ‘Gather Around the Amish Table’

Feb 15, 2016 by

What other than an Amish-Mennonite cookbook describes how to feed 180 hungry men at a barn-raising, with a feast that includes 50 pounds of white potatoes, 20 plump chickens, 300 yeast rolls and 120 shoo-fly...

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More drawn to sharing cost of health care

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Health-care sharing has become an attractive option for many people since the Affordable Care Act came into effect in the U.S., but it’s an arrangement many conservative Anabaptists have had long...

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Old Order values

Oct 12, 2015 by

Jeanette Harder (“Five Discoveries about Amish Families, Communities”) highlights what my wife and I are experiencing at Fairmount Homes near Ephrata, Pa. Fairmount is a creation of the Old Order...

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Five discoveries about Amish families, communities

Sep 7, 2015 by

As a representative of Dove’s Nest, a Mennonite-based nonprofit organization helping churches keep children and youth safe, I was invited by the New York Office of Children and Family Services to help them...

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Amish schools find ways to serve special-needs children

Jul 6, 2015 by and

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different...

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