Bill and Tricia Moser joined the Amish 20 years ago.

amish-carriage-on-curvy-roadIn an essay for The Washington Post, Bill Moser shares five lessons he and his wife learned from their experience.

The Mosers are described as being “motivated by a desire to live out their faith in a more moment-by-moment way.”

They came from an upper-middle class suburban background, with careers in architecture and occupational therapy.

Below are the five lessons (plus a bonus sixth “lesson”) with my short summary of each. Go here to read the article and points in full:

  1. The Amish defy political and cultural categories – If we apply political categories, there are aspects of Amish life that could be classified as both “conservative” and “liberal”
  2. Community is essential – Rather than a separation of church life and daily life, the Amish combine the two. Community “fulfilled a deep human need” for the Mosers
  3. Capitalism can and should be done in a more humane way – Amish business includes elements that could be considered “socialistic”
  4. Education can happen outside a schoolroom – We can learn important things in informal settings
  5. There were aspects of Amish life that weren’t for us – The language barrier and a desire for more active faith outreach were two challenges for the couple

And number 6: It’s not easy becoming a horseman in middle age

I found what they chose to highlight here interesting. And I’d imagine that if they wanted to add to it, this list could be much longer.

As often happens with Amish converts, the Mosers no longer belong to a horse-and-buggy Amish community. At some point they moved over to a more progressive Amish-Mennonite church.

If you’d like to learn more, the couple’s story is told in a new book by Jeff Smith called Becoming Amish.