Amish church and community circles intersect and overlap in many ways. When discussing Amish communities, you may hear the three terms districtsettlement, and affiliation.  These terms refer to three distinct ways in which Amish society is ordered.

Amish society is organized in 3 main ways:

  • affiliation refers to Amish who adhere to similar guidelines for living, also known as the Ordnung.  Members of a given affiliation can be found in geographically dispersed locations
  • settlement is the geographical location where a group of Amish lives (Amish in one settlement may be of different affiliations)
  • church district is the individual congregation where an Amish person worships, ...
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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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Kyle Valentini

    Christmas brings out the old family recipes, the ones that go back generations. They’re different in each family, and they weave a culinary tale that keeps the past alive.
    The American Christmas time feasts include a variety of dishes, and not all of them were born on domestic soil. Many of them came from the nations that birthed our grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents.
    A giant stuffed bird at a holiday feast has been popular for centuries because it could feed a lot of people and it was inexpensive. In early days, any farmer could raise a goose ...
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