7 responses to Leaving
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    karlakamper
    Comment on Leaving (September 26th, 2007 at 15:47)

    Is there a distinction between the lifestyle and the church? Can a person leave the church and still live in the lifestyle?

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    Comment on Leaving (September 26th, 2007 at 23:16)

    Nothing would stop them living the lifestyle to a certain degree, but if they left the church or were kicked out, then in most Amish churches it would likely impair their relationships with full members (ie shunning). So they could still dress, drive a carriage, etc, but may no longer be accepted to the same degree, and would not be able to receive Communion, for example.

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    Hmmm
    Comment on Leaving (March 11th, 2012 at 23:41)

    If a wife is left behind, what becomes of her? Does she remain single the rest of her days? That would be a lonely life :(

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      Comment on Leaving (March 17th, 2012 at 17:13)

      Amish are pretty strict on this point–they do not accept divorce and definitely not divorce then remarriage…when a spouse dies, often Amish do remarry, but if the former spouse is still alive, the traditional way of looking at it is that that would be, essentially, adultery.

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    Megan
    Comment on Transition Assistance? (October 1st, 2012 at 22:47)

    Transition Assistance?

    Is there any sort of outside help or assistance for any members of the Amish community looking to leave? Any particular city the Amish feel they can go and find other ex-Amish or perhaps a “Mainstream-Buddy” who can help navigate them on their journey?

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    Tina Kegley
    Comment on also interested in assisting (November 29th, 2013 at 14:48)

    also interested in assisting

    I also am interested in helping, and in finding out if there is a particular city where ex Amish can get help. Louisville, KY, for instance, has become home to many displaced by hurricane Katrina, and also to many foreigners seeking legal citizenship. Do you Erik, or does anyone have any information on this question? I recently finished reading, ” Letting go of the Reins,” and “Why I left the Amish.” Both very informative and giving the other side of our view of the idealized life of the Amish. The epilogue in. “Why I left the Amish” gives some very thought-provoking questions.

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    Annie S
    Comment on Assistance (October 22nd, 2016 at 20:44)

    Assistance

    I am willing to provide assistance to those that are wanting to leave the Amish community.

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