“For Thanksgiving my extended Kuhns family came to town and for entertainment the 2 year olds were playing church,” writes Karleen Kuhns. After viewing Karleen’s videos, I realized they were too cute to not share with you. In the first of three videos, one of the boys sings the opening to the Loblied (“Hymn of […]
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Ruth Streicher lives in an Amish community on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. Ruth recently shared thoughts on how Amish celebrate Christmas for the Manitoulin Expositor. First, as with most things Amish, Christmas traditions vary: “We celebrate the birth of Christ,” Ruth Streicher of Tehkummah smiled gently when asked about the Amish Christmas traditions. “But there are […]
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Don Burke returns today with the final part of an “Amish-ish Wedding.” If you missed the backstory to this event, you can read more and see photos from part 1 (the wedding party and guests) and part 2 (the ceremony). After the wedding ceremony, everyone was encouraged to stay and enjoy a reception with cake […]
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How many social media friends do you have? And how many would you also consider “real-life” friends? I have some who fit both categories. But with hundreds of online connections, it’s literally impossible to keep up, in a meaningful way, with everyone. Jeff Smith, who wrote Becoming Amish on the conversion journey of Bill and Tricia Moser (see […]
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Several years ago, Don Burke befriended an Amish family in the Jamesport, Missouri Amish community. Earlier this year, one of the daughters, raised Amish but not a member of the Amish church, asked Don to take the photos of her upcoming wedding. She wanted the event to have elements of both Amish, and other traditions – as she […]
Continue Reading An Amish-ish Wedding: Part 2 – The Ceremony (13 Photos & 2 Videos)
Don Burke shares photos today from a special event in Jamesport, Missouri. This is the first of three parts. — Over the course of about four years and several trips to Jamesport, MO, I first become acquainted with and then made good friends with a special Amish family there. During that same time the Amish […]
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Can you be Amish – and belong to another church at the same time? Andy and Naomi Weaver believe the answer is yes. In an article at adventistreview.org, “We are Amish. And we are Seventh-Day Adventists“, Andy and Naomi share their journey from a conservative Amish community at West Salem, Ohio, to the Seventh-day Adventist church: One […]
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“I believe God made us equal. But with that said, I believe there is a headship order also.” In this brief audio interview (~3 min) Amish couple Ivan and Ruth Chupp of Burr Oak, Michigan discuss the roles of women and men in the Amish church. Ivan starts by describing Amish beliefs on headship and the […]
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You might recall the story of Kenneth Copp, a Pentecostal-raised man who joined the Amish and was last living in the Unity Amish community in Maine. We previous looked at the Copp bakery and furniture shop in a post from a reader who visited the family (Visiting the Unity, Maine Amish Settlement). Things have changed in Kenneth […]
An interesting letter appeared at Lancaster Online today: In response to the June 10 letter “GOP and Amish: A match made in heaven”: Instead of imagining an Amish man as our nation’s president, let’s take a closer look at values and the purpose of the Amish culture in hopes of inspiring all people to seek and turn to […]
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