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Much I do not understand of the Amish faith. This I do know of this people group, and believe we all nned to embrace more deeply- they are hard workers, they hold fast as a family, they live what they believe, they have a strong bond with their community and neighbor, and they never get too much television. Think about it- do we think we could get 100 of our friends to help us build our house?
Ohio is home to the largest Amish settlement in the world, situated in the rolling hills of east-central Ohio. There are several orders of the Amish faith found in Ohio: the Old Order, New Order, Swartzentruber, Beachy, Andy Weaver, conservative Mennonites and the Amish Mennonites. The Amish came to America for the same reason that many others did—in search of religious freedom. A movement began in Europe during the 16th century called Anabaptist. Anabaptist means to re-baptize, because they did not practice infant baptism as the Catholics did. For this, they were viewed as radicals of the Swiss Protestant Reformation. In 1525, a Catholic priest by the name of Menno Simons left the priesthood and his followers became known as Mennonites. Some 170 years later, a man named Jakob Amman became disillusioned with the Swiss Anabaptist over, what he considered, lack of discipline in the church. His followers became known as the Amish. The Amish people are Amish because of their religion, not because of the way they dress. Today, the Amish church membership begins with baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. The districts are led by a bishop, several ministers, and deacons. The rules of the church, the Ordnung, defines the day-to-day living guidelines for each member. What is acceptable in one community may not be acceptable in another. Most Amish do not participate in Social Security (a policy codified into law in 1965), nor do they purchase insurance. However, they are subject to sales and property taxes...
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OCTOBER 25, 2002
NEW YORK, NY 10199
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