The fourth issue (Volume 2, Issue 2) of the Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities has just been released. This is a free online journal (access previous issues 1, 2, and 3). Journal co-editor Joseph Donnermeyer shares the following on the latest edition of JPAC:

The fourth issue (Volume 2, Issue 2) of the Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities was just released. On the front cover is a picture of the extra-large chair built by Jonas “Weiss” Stutzman (1788-1871) for the anticipated return of Christ. Jonas Stutzman is regarded as the first permanent Amish resident of what is now the Greater Holmes County community of northeast Ohio, one of the two largest of the 600-plus Amish communities in existence today. It is on display at the Ohio Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center near Berlin, Ohio. The picture connects to the lead article by the director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, Marcus Yoder, titled “A sturdy sapling in the trans-Appalachian west: The origins and development of the Holmes County Amish community, 1809-1846.”

Photo by Marcus Yoder of the Ohio Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center

There follows a thoughtful discussion of the complex issues involved when considering the role of culture in assessing a criminal defendant’s competence to stand trial when the defendant hails from a Plain Anabaptist group, by James A Cates. The next three articles are about health and medicine, including perceived health care needs from two new Amish communities in New York (Karen McCrea), Amish perceptions about infant care screening in a Kentucky Amish settlement (Melissa Travelsted, M. Eve Main and M. Susan Jones), and from the same area in the Bluegrass state, a preliminary study of attitudes about the use of CBD products (Jessica Riley, M. Laurie Branstetter, M. Even Main and M. Susan Jones). The final article is a population study examining rates of twinning in the Greater Holmes County Amish settlement by Henry Troyer. Volume 2, issue 2 closes with two reviews, a biography of Jakob Ammann (“Grounded upon God’s Word: The Life and Labors of Jakob Ammann”), reviewed by Stephen Russell and “What the Amish Teach Us”, a set of reflective essays by sociologist Donald B. Kraybill and reviewed by Greg Homan.

To access this and previous issues of JPAC, go to https://plainanabaptistjournal.org. For those who wish to register for JPAC, click on “register” in the upper right-hand corner of the web page. There are just a few questions to answer. Registrants who wish to be available to review submission will be asked to write a few words describing their reviewing interests.

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