21 responses to Ask Linda Maendel about the Hutterites
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    Joyce Moul
    Comment on What constitutes "Plain" (January 22nd, 2015 at 07:15)

    What constitutes "Plain"

    I know of a woman who lives “plain” but I am not sure what all that consists of, clothing wise. I am familiar with Mennonites and Amish but there are differences. How do Hutterite women dress and please give details of all aspects of dress.

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    Comment on Joining? (January 22nd, 2015 at 07:29)


    I know it is very difficult to join the Amish faith, how do Hutterites handle “outsiders” approaching them to join the community? Thank you!

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    Comment on Communal Living (January 22nd, 2015 at 07:38)

    Communal Living

    Hutterites live “communally”. Explain how this differs from Amish. Do they share all meals together? Do males and females live separately or do they live with their families?

    Do Hutterites live off the grid like the Old Order Amish (i.e. no electricity, computers, phones, etc.)?

    Looking forward to the release of your book.

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    Comment on Education (January 22nd, 2015 at 08:15)


    Do Hutterites have the same view of education as the Amish do? That is, school up through 8th grade is enough for whatever jobs they may have? Are there both male and female teachers? Are there any non-Hutterite teachers? What does your school day/year look like? Thank you! 🙂

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    Comment on Ask Linda Maendel about the Hutterites (January 22nd, 2015 at 08:23)

    Wow…, at the number of questions that come to mind.

    1. Is there really a Hutterite Mafia like I saw on TV?
    2. Can I trust all that I watch on Breaking Hutterite?

    Sorry. Okay…, for real:

    1. On the culturally-strict scale, how do the Hutterites compare to the Amish?

    2. I know many Amish areas have cashed in on English tourism. Any of the Hutterites do that? How receiptive of outsiders are they. Do they have any issue with having pictures taken of them, or even posing for them?

    3. Someone above asked about the dress/clothing distinctions. I’m curious about that as well, but would like to broaden it to just ask how do the Hutterites differ/compare (in cultural aspects) to the Amish.

    4. Do they have a unique home-/heart-language (like the Amish speak PA Dutch), or do they just speak the language of the place that they live?


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    robyn wenal
    Comment on question for Linda (January 22nd, 2015 at 08:55)

    question for Linda

    I would like to know a little about your religion, the doctrine of your faith. Do you have a church building? Is the sermon in English? I look forward to reading your book! God bless!

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    Comment on Alcohol Use (January 22nd, 2015 at 10:28)

    Alcohol Use

    My daughter recently got married & one of the groomsman is an ex-Hutterite, his parents still live in the colony in South Dakota. We chose to not serve alcohol at the wedding because neither family of the wedding party drinks alcohol (Brides family attends a Baptist church, Grooms family is Mennonite). But, this groomsman was telling us that alcohol is served at all weddings & other celebrations in the Hutterite colony; and anyone over age 15 is allowed to drink. Is this common in all of the Hutterite communities? Is there a problem with alcoholism in the communities?

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    Comment on Ask Linda Maendel about the Hutterites (January 22nd, 2015 at 12:26)

    A few years ago, I read Mary Anne Kirby’s book “I am Hutterite”. If you are familiar with this book, did you find it an accurate depiction of the Hutterite lifestyle?

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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Greetings Linda (January 22nd, 2015 at 13:27)

    Greetings Linda

    I am Moravian Brethren which originated in the Moravian Province of Czechoslovakia under the leadership of Jan Huss. We were a plain and communal people for a period of our history. Can you tell if there is any historical connection between the Hutterian Brethren and us? I know that the Bruderhof people are also similar to us.


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    Leon Moyer
    Comment on Hutterite questions (January 22nd, 2015 at 16:14)

    Hutterite questions

    Please explain how the Hutterites make decisions for the colony–is it by the leadership only or do members vote, etc? Also if you can think of some things that have changed within the various Hutterite groups since they were first founded, things that were not allowed at one time and now are accepted, etc. Thank you.

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    Comment on Families (January 22nd, 2015 at 16:38)


    I am intrigued as to how families live in your community. Do they all have separate dwellings? Do you eat together as a community or do the families eat as a family?
    What percentage ( approx.) of the children will choose to remain in the community as adults? And do they tend to marry inside the community or do they bring in outsiders?

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    Comment on Ask Linda Maendel about the Hutterites (January 22nd, 2015 at 16:41)

    I am blessed to be friends with a number of hutterite women and love them dearly and learning their traditions and beliefs is wonderful!

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    Elva Bontrager
    Comment on Sunday Sabbath? (January 22nd, 2015 at 23:47)

    Sunday Sabbath?

    I know the Amish observe Sundays rather than Saturdays as Worship Day. Is the same true for Hutterites? And as asked above, I too would like to know whether Hutterites have their own dialect, as Amish do.

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on Amana Colonies (January 23rd, 2015 at 12:10)

    Amana Colonies

    Are the Hutterites similar to the Amana Colonies whose decent is also from Germany and share everything in the community, have little possessions and strong faith?

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    Comment on Various Documentaries (January 24th, 2015 at 11:02)

    Various Documentaries

    The BBC had a documentary called “How to Get to Heaven with the Hutterites” which, I thought, was biased towards youth leaving & strict “rules” that made them do so.

    Like SO many of these types of shows on other plain groups, like Amish, Mennonite, Primitive Baptist, etc, we know they are mostly one-sided and full of animosity towards the plain life.

    My questions are how many youth DO really leave the faith permanently, as compared to the ones that run away and come back.

    And if there is a difference if they are NOT full members of the church, like the Amish rules…..is the “punishment” less if they run before committing, or is it the same?

    Looking forward to the book!

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    Ed from NY
    Comment on Ask Linda Maendel about the Hutterites (January 24th, 2015 at 17:32)

    1. Do the Huterites still have a colony in Nigeria?
    2. Where do the Hutterites stand regarding cell phones, internet usage, and television?
    3. What about education? Can a Hutterite go to college?
    4. Do Hutterite colonies really divide when the population reaches between 100 and 150?

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Medical queries (January 25th, 2015 at 18:17)

    Medical queries

    What kind of medical care are Hutterites allowed? Do they give birth at home with midwives, or is hospital birth OK? Is there more “alternative medicine” and chiropractic, as with many Amish? Are they for or against immunization?

    Are there any Hutterite doctors (MDs, with degrees & a license)?

    I’d be interested in anything “medical”-related that might set the Hutterites apart from other Plain people.

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    Comment on Varieties of Hutterites (January 26th, 2015 at 19:26)

    Varieties of Hutterites

    I know there are 3 major divisions among types of Hutterite communities, but I’d like to know more about the commonalities and differences. How/why did these differences evolve? Do members of different Hutterite “denominations” look on each other as misguided? Or is there more fellow-feeling than that?

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    Jody Richardson
    Comment on Hutterite Pen Pal? (March 1st, 2015 at 19:32)

    Hutterite Pen Pal?

    My name is Jody and I am a 53 year old wife, mother and grandmother diagnosed with liver cancer. I am very much interested in writing to a Hutterite woman around my age. Is this possible? Thanks!

    Jody Richardson

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    Comment on Women's head covering (October 17th, 2018 at 17:19)

    Women's head covering

    Hi Linda, I visited a Bruderhof in Connecticut 37 years ago. This is very trivial, but I’m trying to recall if the women there wore black head coverings with white polka dots? Or, conversely, is that type of head covering the type that your Hutterite women would wear? I don’t see photos of Bruderhof women with them on, but nowadays with plain single solid print head coverings. Thanks for helping me remember.

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