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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Dave here, enjoying the fall beauty, and thinking about chickens and eggs. My usual four-mile walk takes me
past a farm that is close enough to the road to get a good view of the cows, hogs, sheep, and chickens that roam around the pastures.


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Ken McEntee

Nestled in the flowing Appalachian foothills, Coshocton County provides a brilliant autumn backdrop for a relaxing weekend out in the country, perhaps wetting your lips with a sweet sampling of a locally made wine. For families looking to share a quiet weekend, the quaint Historic Roscoe Village is a one-stop destination for siteseeing, shopping and dining.

“Spring and fall is a nice time to visit Coshocton County because of the cooler weather and the beautiful scenery,” said Jennifer Williams, special events coordinator for Historic Roscoe Village. As you drive through the county to take in the landscape, be sure ...

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