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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Opinion: It’s good to be nobody

Jun 8, 2015 by

Amos Hershey Leaman was the first Mennonite at Chicago Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1915, smitten by the vision of good, white Protestants. They taught immigrants, went into cities, spoke out on...

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Retiring scholar’s mission: solving Amish riddle

May 18, 2015 by and

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Donald B. Kraybill has written about the forgiving Amish of Nickel Mines, Pa., and the revengeful Amish of Bergholz, Ohio. Now, after 44 years of immersion in the Anabaptist worldview...

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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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Marriage put chaotic life in Old Order

Mar 16, 2015 by

It is rare to get an insider’s view of Amish life. It is rarer to get that view from an “English” person who joined the Amish as a young woman. Author Marlene C. Miller and her husband, Johnny, are now...

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Plain poetry

Feb 16, 2015 by

Scores of Mennonite writers, poets, scholars and lovers of literature will gather at Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University in March for the seventh “Mennonite/s Writing Conference.” During the past several...

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Government to pay fees of Conestoga attorneys

Feb 2, 2015 by

The federal government will pay $570,000 in legal fees to attorneys who worked with a Mennonite-owned Pennsylvania cabinet company that challenged a birth control mandate last year at the Supreme...

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Iowa steel wheels issues persist

Dec 22, 2014 by

An Old Order Mennonite group in Iowa is seeking meetings with Mitchell County officials to discuss the use of steel wheels as a lengthy legal ordeal returns to court. Members of the Groffdale Conference Old...

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Supreme Court rules for Conestoga

Jun 30, 2014 by and

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a Mennonite-owned cabinet-making business in Pennsylvania cannot be compelled by the Affordable Care Act to provide certain contraceptives in employee health care plans. The...

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Do Old Order groups follow culture over Christ?

Feb 17, 2014 by

Jesus once told this (very paraphrased!) parable to modern day Mennonites: Two believers went to church to pray, one a modern Mennonite evangelical and the other a member of an Old Order group. The...

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Some Manitoba Old Order children return to their homes

Jan 20, 2014 by and

A half dozen children from two families returned home in early November to a Manitoba Old Order Mennonite community after about 40 children were removed by Child and Family Services in June. Several adults...

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Spiritual disciplines from Old Order Anabaptists

Aug 27, 2013 by

The first time I ever heard Mennonites singing in four-part harmony all the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, and I burst into tears. I was in a tiny, white, clapboard church in the countryside of...

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