Far-flung outposts translate Plain life

Sep 30, 2019 by and

After Cory Anderson published his overview of every Amish Mennonite congregation in the United States and Canada — The Amish-Mennonites of North America — there was only one place to go: everywhere...

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Book review: ‘German Language: Cradle of our Heritage’

Apr 29, 2019 by

How is it that Old Order Amish and some Old Order Mennonites remain bilingual more than 10 generations after their arrival in North America? Most immigrants give up their native tongue after the third...

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Do you belong to an ethnicity or a church?

Feb 11, 2019 by

The accusation was stripped of niceties. “The only way your churches can stay afloat is by having large families. Few people are joining you from other backgrounds.” The Amish and Mennonites, this unnamed...

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Red dresses, rebellion and redemption

Jun 22, 2018 by

“Red is the color of harlots. It’s the color of women in rebellion. Why would we want to have red dresses in the church when we are all well aware of what it represents?” Though the elderly preacher’s...

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Beachy statement

Apr 28, 2014 by

The 98 percent approval for a Beachy Amish Mennonite faith statement is misleading (see “Beachy Amish Define Beliefs”). By voting time, many had left; attendance was already down by one-third from...

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Beachy Amish define beliefs

Apr 16, 2014 by and

YODER, Kan. — Beachy Amish Mennonite ministers adopted the group’s first statement of faith at their national meetings April 9-11. Outgoing bishops committee chair David Yoder of Partridge said the...

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