Broad census counts more Anabaptists

May 27, 2019 by

The most inclusive census of Anabaptists in the United States counts 100,000 more members than the 2018 Mennonite World Conference tally. The survey, by the Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite Historical Society, counts...

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Don’t just assume

May 13, 2019 by and

Two cow carcasses lie piled onto each other, just off the parking lot. The Shipshewana (Ind.) Auction Barn has some actual barns attached to it, and two of its residents must have died recently. A few hours...

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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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Amish teachers serve Old Colony schools in Mexico

Feb 4, 2019 by and

Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Col­ony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based...

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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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Opinion: Intrusion of dissenters

Jul 6, 2015 by

Seventy-four years ago, I was part of a national experiment unlikely to be repeated. On June 5, 1941, a camp for conscientious objectors to war opened at Templeton Gap on the northwest edge of Colorado...

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Opinion: Chasm between ‘plain’ and ‘liberal’

Apr 13, 2015 by

I attended parts of the Ana­baptist Identity Conference (“Conservative Anabaptists Reject Fundamentalism”). I had not been aware of these conferences, which have been occurring for some time. Such is the...

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Simple, sophisticated

Jun 9, 2014 by

In the summer of 1963, David Wagler and Joseph Stoll, two Amish farmers, were threshing oats in a field close to Aylmer, Ont. They reflected on the need for more literature that spoke to the interests and...

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