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5 Unconventional Amish Health Practices

Comment #169719 by Greg Myers RN on 21.07.17, 20:06

Is there a resource list for plain sect health care providers in Lancaster County?

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The Gemeinde Register

Comment #169711 by Tom Geist on 21.07.17, 17:27

I listed that I was trying to get “The Grapevine” magazine. It turned out that I was not able to. The Amish fellow running it said they had some problems with someone showing up at events with alcohol on their breath, and some other issue that I can’t remember right now. That person had a subscription and they decided not to make that mistake again. *shrugs* One bad apple spoiled the bunch I guess. It’s their magazine so they can do with it as they please. It sure would have helped me stay on top of the events Amish folks have that they invite English people to.

Tom in Lincoln

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169689 by Philip Ahrendt on 21.07.17, 10:04

Ken Copp strikes me as a true Christian seeker who has experienced so many different denominational creeds that he has become disillusioned in faith by all of the inconsistencies that he has found among them. Mr. Copp is also conflicted by the reasoning behind the Amish lifestyle and the hippies’ “back to the earth” philosophy. I pray that Ken Copp will be able to put aside all of the labels of Amish, Mennonite, Pentacostal, Conservative, Liberal etc. etc. that he is so focused upon, and simply find the truth of the Gospel in Jesus Christ.

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Outsiders

Comment #169676 by Jill on 20.07.17, 19:56

Hi – as we are now in the end times of the Bible, do the Amish understand that they may become very popular if (more like *when*) the electricity goes out? I wonder about this a lot because we “English” city folk know *NOTHING* about…well, anything that is non electric, nor anything that is made by/used by hand. Would the Amish rise the occasion to help in a potentially electricity-free world?

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169674 by AJ on 20.07.17, 18:40

Not that surprising when you consider that many people have tried to join the Amish, but only an estimated 100 have been successful at joining in the past century. Living the life is more then simplicity from what I can tell. It’s the culture and faith too. A lot of people want that simple lifestyle without the rigidity of faith and culture, but with the Amish you don’t get to choose which things you want and which things you don’t. You can attempt to live that lifestyle without God like Copp is trying to do, but that has yet to be successful.

People forget that the Amish aren’t a hippy commune. They’re a community with hundreds of years of history, tradition, and beliefs. You don’t just magically fit into the Amish just because you have dreams of some mythical simple life and want to be part of a greater spiritual community.

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A Visit to Amish Indiana in 25 Photos

Comment #169671 by Nancy on 20.07.17, 18:03

Thank you for sharing your photos with us. And not just these, but all that you have posted over time. It’s not likely that I will ever be able to visit and see these things first hand, so I appreciate your photos very much. The Amish are special and wonderful people, possibly the luckiest of all of us here in America.

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169664 by Forest Hazel on 20.07.17, 16:01

Well said. I really feel sad for him and his situation. I have known others who joined conservative Anabaptist communities because they admired the lifestyle, but who experience difficulty with the religious aspects. I have advised many people to try and simplify their own lives without going as far as joining an Amish community (which is sometimes not as “simple” a lifestyle as they think) Low tech is not necessarily easy or “simple”. I have learned this over many years of working at it.

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169662 by eve on 20.07.17, 15:51

ken copp needs some help in “decluttering” all the options that he’s tried to find a quiet place in his mind.

up to now, nothing has “worked” and the search for the peace and happiness that his soul is struggling to find is still a work in progress

wrap this man in kind words, kind actions and lots of TLC.

hope he finds what he needs to give happiness, peace, purpose and love to himself and others.

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Amish Dairies Unhappy Over "Big Organic" Milk Practices

Comment #169656 by Granny on 20.07.17, 12:56

My opinion it is always better to be cautious of larger farms, chicken farms, pig farms, etc., they add chemicals, and steroids, that are hidden in the ingredients under different names that the public are not aware of the names. Lacking grass in feeding the animals is unacceptable! I may pay a lower price for what I buy from these framers in the market, “you get what yo pay for – a lower grade of the product.” The best comes from the smaller farmers, and therefore tho the price is higher, it is worth the money, as well as better for my health.

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169654 by Mary louise scott on 20.07.17, 11:38

He may not be a hypocrite, he may be struggling. The Amish may be able to help him too because he was never baptized into the faith. A woman who grew up Amish but never baptized was allowed to work as a tour guide for them and associate with her family. The Amish may be hoping to bring him back to the fold.

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169652 by Min. Terry Miller on 20.07.17, 11:30

This poor man is in need of salvation, the assurance of which he must have never really experienced. His attraction to the Anabaptists seems to be more cultural than spiritual, seeing it all as an alternative lifestyle. He probably would have fit better in a hippy commune, sad to say. This man has been all over the map spiritually, seeking rest and finding none. He has become like a rudderless ship. He blames the Amish and Mennonites for his restlessness, but the problem is not them. It is deep within. The man needs to experience true inner peace, and that comes through Jesus, Peace and rest are available to all who trust in Him. I have serious concerns about his family. It appears they are standing with the faith and continue as believers, so they will be much in need of our strong prayer support. This must be a difficult situation for them. There seems to be much more to this story than this poor soul is telling us.

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169651 by Jane underwood on 20.07.17, 10:53

I have a BA in Biology and and year of medical lab school and later got a degree in Nursing. Since what I learned in Nursing went against the so called evidence of evolution, I ended up giving up my belief in evolution. Now I have even attended a lecture by a professor of law discussing court cases on origins. I feel evolution goes against all known laws of science and medical science. The Amish are more correct about origins than most University profs. The 2 + 2 = 3 because 4 is religion view of public schools is disgraceful to me. I side with the Amish on this topic. They are actually more scientific here.

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New York Amish

Comment #169649 by Bill Rushby on 20.07.17, 10:28

There is a new Amish settlement at Westport NY. This group originated from Heuvelton NY and began moving in during the late winter of 2017. There seems to be considerable recent Amish interest in settling in the New York side of the Champlain Valley.

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169647 by Primitive Christianity on 20.07.17, 10:18

I don’t have time to listen to the whole podcast. But I have read elsewhere that Copp’s faith began to unravel when a friend asked him, “Where did the Creator come from?”
With no answer, his faith started falling apart.
So … is “science” ever going to answer such a question? Impossible! The best we can do with science is to propagate some theory as to the origin of the universe. No empirical evidence exists for origins, only theory. The current “Big Bang” theory, for example, is built around mathematical calculations and suppositions that very, very, very few people can even wrap their mind around. Those who make the calculations write them down in a book, and people read the book and swallow them as if they are gospel.
But the Big Bang only takes people back to a tiny, tiny little mass, smaller than a pin head, that suddenly begins to expand into a universe of mind-boggling size.
So, may I ask, where did the pinhead-sized mass come from? Does something come from nothing? Is that possible? Thus, science has nothing to offer about origins, only more and more theory that can never be proven, and only leads to more questions that can only be “answered” by more un-provable theories.
Where did the Creator come from? He self-explains it with his name, Jehovah: “Always Existent One” (often given as “I am”). He revealed that name ages before the current scientific debate on origins began.
Can I prove Jehovah’s claim scientifically? No way! Can I disprove that scientifically? No way!
Science can never explain all of life’s mysteries. A common mistake of today is to make “science” into a god that has all the answers. I have chosen to believe the revelation of Jehovah. Not because I can prove or disprove it scientifically, but because of the personal revelation within my spirit.
Those who chose to ignore the spiritual realm (called, in philosophy, “naturalism,” meaning the belief that no spiritual realm exists, only the natural or physical) are left with mere scientific hypothesis that can never be proven … and that the average person can not even understand.
Whether Copp is a full-blown philosophical “naturalist” I do not know. I just found it interesting that he apparently left faith in God because of a question that science is incapable of answering or proving one way or the other.
In other words, he appears to have rejected one unanswerable question (unanswerable by science, that is) for another set of equally unanswerable questions.
(This is not to say that Copp is not an honest seeker of truth, that is, that his character is twisted. He, I hope, is a genuine seeker of truth. Again I want to note that I didn’t listen to the podcast–which may not be the smartest thing to do when making a comment like this ;-)– but am writing this based on what I read about his journey.)

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"Amish Atheist" Keeps Lifestyle After Leaving Faith & Community (Video)

Comment #169645 by Karen Winemiller on 20.07.17, 09:27

Sounds like he’s a hypocrite, by that, I mean he sure doesn’t mind taking their kind help, but then criticizes them for their beliefs. He sounds like a very bitter man, blaming others for HIS mistakes & problems.

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North Carolina Amish

Comment #169325 by Al in Ky on 20.07.17, 05:22

Patty, I still had several other copies of the June Budget newspaper, so looked at them and discovered that there is a scribe from Polkville who is regularly sending in news to The Budget. In their letter in the June 7 edition, they reported that the Polkville Amish community is a small settlement of 10 families and stretches for approximately 15 miles from one end to the other. That would be a long buggy ride! I will share other interesting news from Polkville when I learn of it.

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The Amish of Somerset County, PA (25 Photos)

Comment #167846 by Judy Furlow on 19.07.17, 10:37

The Springs PA festival is always in October. This year it is Friday and Saturday October 6 & 7, 2017. Well worth the trip. Truly people come from around the world for this. Not to be missed.

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Why Are Amish Building RVs?

Comment #167824 by Dan Gadd on 18.07.17, 17:37

Might as well! 😉

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Why Are Amish Building RVs?

Comment #167822 by Joe Newton on 18.07.17, 16:23

It could be argued that the Amish have an unfair advantage because they don’t pay social security and or workmans comp taxes.

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North Carolina Amish

Comment #167821 by Patty Vasquez on 18.07.17, 15:25

I think Ellenboro is about 11 miles southeast of Polkville with both little towns not being far the the county lines. Not too far especially if they live between the two towns for a buggy or wagon ride to sell goods in Polkville. I mentioned the Amish to a facebook friend who lives in NW Cleveland County and she said she sees them out in buggies all the time, I would say it is most likely to be the same group.

Al, if you see anything else in the Budget about this settlement would please post it. I live about an hour and half away but have family in Shelby so visit the area fairly often. For those of us NC that enjoy learning about and visiting Amish communities this is great news.

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Amish wood businesses: Furniture craftsmen, carpenters, sawmills and more

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Why Are Amish Building RVs?

Comment #167814 by Erik/Amish America on 18.07.17, 12:08

Jim, I am not a vegetarian, but if a steak wandered onto my plate one day, I might consider becoming one. Your colorful visual makes your point well 🙂

I just want to point out I do not begrudge the Amish for working in the RV industry, nor would I feel myself in a position to make any sort of judgment like that, for that matter.

As Ola Yoder points out in the article there are positives to it and obviously it allows the Amish support families. Spending 3 months in northern Indiana in 2006 talking to a dozen or more RV workers every day, I just seemed to hear the same stories about factory work drawbacks over and over again (which I detailed in the original “3 concerns” post linked above). But it’s important to remember the pluses as well.

Another point made by you – many people create things for others which they don’t use themselves. This includes the many Amish who build luxury homes, high-end furniture, and as in this case, RVs (though I think we can find exceptions in each of these cases).

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Why Are Amish Building RVs?

Comment #167809 by Jim (Jakob) Kramer on 18.07.17, 10:48

It is a business opportunity, and as long as non-Amish need or want such things, the Amish might as well build them for us. Many people do things for others: it does not mean they are required to use them. I would trust the workmanship of an Amish person and be glad for the product! I for example am a vegetarian. If I treat a friend to dinner and he orders a steak, I can wish him Guten Appetit and sincerely hope he enjoys it. I am not an activist, and we are fine, I with my salad, he with his steak. I do not force my salad or Brussels sprouts (I love those in butter!!!) on anyone, and I expect his steak will not wander onto my plate!

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Amish Dairies Unhappy Over "Big Organic" Milk Practices

Comment #167807 by Grampa on 18.07.17, 10:29

government regulations serve a purpose if they go beyond normal protection for the citizen they become intrusive and counterproductive
when products are available this gives the people a choice as to what they put in their bodies. has anyone noticed that our average longevity has gone down? Clearly, one thing that can contribute is a lifestyle. food is the fuel that powers us. our bodies were not designed to deal with chemicals found in modern food and food that is marketed as food. while sugar is the fuel used by the body it is processed into the types the body requires. processed types and of such quantity leaves us starved for the other nutrients the body needs. We cannot produce it in a pill. I was born poor and had the good fortune to spend every summer on my cousin’s farm. we ate the freshest of everything. My breakfast was six eggs and half a pound of bacon with fresh briskets and raw honey. we worked the fields until dinner which was again fresh vegetables and meat( the cheap cuts)and only a little time to talk about tomorrow and what needed to be done. At seventy-five I take only pain medication for an injured back. a gift from a guy that thought his cell phone was more important than his driving. now I suffer from the effects of the drugs upon my brain and sound like an idiot if I don’t quit posting before they take effect. I can and do walk several miles and teach skills learned when young to any who want to listen. Now I see people younger than myself who die from the body breaking down before their time. natural food will help you survive longer and healthier I can still enjoy my great grandson and show him many things. the benefits are great but the threat from government may be greater. it is up to each of us to provide the controls needed on government. Knowledge weighs nothing but useless if we don’t use each must choose our own path. to make the correct choices gather the knowledge you need. it is very gratifying to watch your family enjoy their lives and know that you contributed to it. as you grow older you realize what the real treasures in life are. The only piece of advice I will give is to take the harder path. if you fail you have the easier one left. fail on the easy path and you have no choices left. regrets are listed after you die. may it always be short!
Grampa

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Lancaster Amish Construction Crew

Comment #167786 by W Cyr on 17.07.17, 15:18

Hi. Need 2 1800sq ft homes built in Maine. Email questions or comments.

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