Paul J. Miller

“A divine lottery,” is the way one author described the Amish ordination practices. And one who has been in the lot numerous times, said the procedure is “more stressful than the lottery!”

The selection of church leadership within the Amish church community is a defining practice that distinguishes Amish values and culture from those of mainstream American Christian churches. The ordination process epitomizes gelassenheit—the voluntary giving up of personal prerogatives for the good of the church community—the central value of Amish life. Unlike the practice of general Christian communities, leadership selection by the Amish does not focus on an ...
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By: LaVonne De Bois

 

As Spring arrives, so does the need to prepare for planting of crops.  Farming among the Amish remains in the 8 - 10% range with regard to family occupations.

 

Recently I interviewed a New Order Amish farmer about farming methods.  Even though Amish are allowed to utilize tractors on the farm for running equipment, some New Order may use tractors for fieldwork.  That is not the norm, but demonstrates the extreme examples from one group to another.

 

Working in the field does not ...
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Nina Polien Light

It would not be Christmas without a visit — or two — to Olde Berlin Village Gift Shoppes. Every winter, both locals and tourists flock to what is known as The Corner (state Routes 39 and 62) to take in festive decorations, music and special events while taking advantage of a unique selection of gift, fashion and home décor items. And this year is gearing up to be more memorable than ever.
   
“It’s our way of ushering in Christmas,” said Ruth Schlabach, who, since 2000, has co-owned with her husband, Steve, the unique shops in a location that ...
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