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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Sitting here staring at this screen is about the most uninspiring thing a person could do on a day like this, but we'll hurry and be brief with this writing, and then head outside once more to enjoy the scenery.
We waited for this - the time of year when the leaves are turning many shades of yellow, orange and red in our part of the world. What a wonderful gift it is to be able to see and enjoy all this natural beauty ...
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One by one, Amish buggies and work vans pull into farm. There the women unload pans of roasting chicken and baskets of other food and lug the containers into the house, where they'll spend the rest of the morning cooking dinner. Meanwhile, the men and boys take off their jackets and fold them neatly on the buggy seats. Then, clutching hammers and saws, they head for the barn . . . or what will be the barn. (Right now the soon-to-be structure is still only a concrete-block foundation).
The men — gesturing and ...
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