Plain acculturation

Sep 30, 2019 by

Head coverings, beards and limited clothing options aren’t always enough to set a people apart. In North America, these seem to do the trick. But conservative Anabaptists encounter deeper questions when they...

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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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Change without a bang

Sep 4, 2018 by

As a child, one of the things that fascinated me about Mennonites of the past was dress, particularly the head covering. What would it have been like to be marked, physically, by your religion? To have people...

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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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Yoder-Short: Unworldly fashion statements

Jan 16, 2017 by

“Maybe they are the lucky ones.” His words surprised me. The discussion was about a local faith variety where the young women are easily spotted in their homemade dresses and coverings, while the young men...

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