An amazing Sunday afternoon drive

Aug 20, 2019 by

I’ve long had a respect for the Old Order and other conservative Mennonites of our region, and have been pleased to live in proximity to them. So it’s not surprising that one Sunday afternoon in June, our...

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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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Book review: ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’

Oct 10, 2016 by

What are the roles of language in forming and maintaining religious identity? This fascinating volume explores Pennsylvania Dutch, a language that, nowadays, is “neither explicitly taught nor read nor...

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Chance meeting unites worlds

Feb 16, 2015 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — Levi Zook stopped in his tracks when Tony Brown greeted him in Pennsylvania Dutch on a train bound for Albuquerque, N.M. Zook, an Amish man from New Holland, Pa., likely never expected to...

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