8 responses to 1947: Amish court conflict over a “mite”
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    Lynn B
    Comment on re: meidung (January 19th, 2012 at 12:13)

    re: meidung

    Tragic. I have a friend whose daughter was born with health issues, requiring monitors, etc. They left the Amish, as they were forbidden the electric necessary to the monitors. It is hard for us to understand, and yet necessary to the continuation of their way of life.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on 1947: Amish court conflict over a “mite” (October 15th, 2014 at 14:43)

      I’m grateful not all Amish churches react like that! We use generators for many things in our church, including health care equipment.

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        Comment on Bending the Ordnung (October 16th, 2014 at 13:05)

        Bending the Ordnung

        Mark I understand some churches will even bend the Ordnung for special situations.

        When I was selling books in your community about 10 years ago I came across a home which had air conditioning for half of the house, for the benefit of a family member with a medical condition.

        This is actually a topic I investigated for my next book, I came across other examples while researching it. It seems some churches can be very rigid while others will make allowances when the individual or family in question has special circumstances.

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          Mark – Holmes Co.
          Comment on 1947: Amish court conflict over a “mite” (October 16th, 2014 at 13:11)

          There is that “diversity” thing again. 🙂 You are right that in many Amish churches there is flexibility and understanding. I can not imagine any of our people kicking up a fuss about Ordnung when someone’s health is involved, but I could think of groups where the Ordnung is very strict and there is not going to be much chance of anything changing for any reason.
          I’m now wondering what your new book is about!

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            Comment on 1947: Amish court conflict over a “mite” (October 16th, 2014 at 13:13)

            The new book, which for one reason or another is taking forever to come out, essentially looks at different interesting facts about Amish life, across 12 categories. This idea of bending the Ordnung in special cases is one of them. Diversity among groups is something I’ve had to address throughout the book, but it is very interesting to me.

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              Melissa W.
              Comment on 1947: Amish court conflict over a “mite” (October 17th, 2014 at 03:32)


              Speaking about your new book, would you happen to have a ballpark time frame for when the book will be finished or is it just “It’ll be finished when it is finished.”:)

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                Comment on 50 Fascinating Amish Facts (October 17th, 2014 at 13:30)

                50 Fascinating Amish Facts

                Thanks for asking Melissa, it was supposed to be out already but with my father’s recent illness and passing, a lot of things got back-burnered. It has been fully written and mainly needs to go through final edit and then some finishing touches.

                It’s way overdue, needless to say I’m really looking forward to getting it done! 🙂

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on 1947: Amish court conflict over a “mite” (October 16th, 2014 at 13:54)

    It sounds very interesting. I’m really glad to hear you are going to take a look at diversity!

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