Easter is an important church holiday for the Amish. What do the Amish do during the Easter season? Not all Amish observe holidays in the same way. Local and family customs can vary. And when it comes to more obscure holidays, in some communities they may be observed, while in others they are not – see Ascension Day or St. […]
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Marlene Miller joined the Amish half a century ago. She is a mother of 10 and member of a Holmes County Amish church. Marlene is one of the rare souls (perhaps 100?) who has joined the Amish, and actually remained in the church. Marlene detailed her experience in Grace Leads Me Home (later republished as Called to Be Amish: My […]
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David and Emily (no last name given) are an Amish couple living in the Holmes County, Ohio settlement. In 2006, they sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and made a claim that surprised the famous talk show host. Asked if they are content, David replies, “one hundred percent.” “That is one of the […]
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Bill and Tricia Moser joined the Amish 20 years ago. In 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 […]
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That’s the question a pair of articles have addressed, following the launch of a Political Action Committee (PAC) seeking to motivate Amish to vote in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Amish PAC’s plans are to reach potential Amish voters via advertisements in three newspapers targeted to the Lancaster County and Holmes County communities, and via billboards […]
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What happens at an Amish wedding? Amish researcher Karen Johnson-Weiner discusses Amish wedding customs in a recent article for Lancaster Online. The piece focuses on the Lancaster community, though it also mentions more conservative settlements. Karen shares that typical wedding customs have been changing – and not just in the more progressive communities. If you’ve ever wondered how […]
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I hope everyone had a blessed Easter and ample occasion for reflection, prayer, and of course time spent with family and good food. How do Amish spend Easter? The ways Amish in 500+ settlements across North America observe religious days can vary (see our post on Ascension Day for one example). In her latest column, Lovina […]
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Reader Nicholas recently wrote in about the upcoming Anabaptist Identity Conference, which is in its 11th year. Held March 10th-12th, this year’s event takes place in Holmes County, Ohio. Here is Nicholas’ description of last year’s event, followed by the details if you’re interested in going this year: I was in attendance last year, and […]
This post on Old Christmas was originally published in 2011. If you missed it the first time, here’s another look at the story behind this tradition, observed today in Amish communities. Today, January 6th, is the Epiphany. It is also known as “Old Christmas”. From the Pinecraft Pauper: January 6th is still widely observed as […]
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The Amish hold Communion twice yearly, in the spring and in the fall. The Communion service is an important time of affirming unity, described as “the highest and holiest moment of the Amish church calendar” (see The Amish Way p. 69). Why do Amish observe Communion? In 1001 Questions And Answers On The Christian Life, […]
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