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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What do members of Amish churches believe? Ohio Amish church member Rebecca Miller addresses that question today, with 20 belief statements of the Amish, along with Scriptural sources. This is a common question and quite complex to answer. So this list was compiled from “Tagliches Manna” (a daily devotional published and written by Amish and Old […]
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It’s been out for over a week now, but if you didn’t catch it, The Guardian has a nice article on Amish converts in the Oakland, Maryland community, by Amish Cook editor Kevin Williams. Since we’ve frequently had pieces on converts to the Amish on this site (later this week we’ll have an update from contributor Anne […]
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What steps do Amish youth go through once they’ve decided to be baptized? Ohio Amish church member Rebecca Miller today takes us through the process. Rebecca describes the instructional meetings based upon the 18 articles of the Dordrecht Confession of Faith. She also shares what happens on baptismal Sunday, and what it feels like to become […]
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More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting (by Serena Miller and Paul Stutzman) has actually been out a few months already. We took a brief look at this book in a previous post (“Are Amish Children Happier?“). I should say I’m not surprised to see a “how-to” book on Amish parenting. I’ve always thought this […]
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