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BBC - Religions - Christianity: The Amish

BBC - Religions - Christianity: The Amish | Amish communities | Scoop.it
About the American Protestant group known as the Amish, their history and descent from European Anabaptists and their 19th century way of life.
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Jane Sutton's comment, February 21, 2013 5:22 PM
Scroll down after the basic information to find particularly interesting details of the Amish way of life, values, customs, technology, beliefs and organisation.
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HowStuffWorks "How the Amish Work"

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The Amish are an intriguing, somewhat mysterious people. In this electronic-crazy age, can they really avoid using electricity? Learn about the Amish.
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Natalee Sheffield's curator insight, March 10, 2016 9:39 AM
 The Amish people live a very unique life, one in which is considered a folk culture. I think living an Amish lifestyle would be very hard for me to do because as part of their culture they live their lives without technology and without things many people believe as vital. The Amish people to me are in a way inspiring and mysterious because they live for what they believe and do things others cant, like live without technology, internet, and vehicles.
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Amish and Plain People of Lancaster County, PA

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Welcome to this introduction to the Amish of Lancaster County, PA, their beliefs, lifestyle, and culture.

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Amish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Amish (play /ˈɑːmɪʃ/ AH-mish; Pennsylvania Dutch: Amisch, German: Amische), sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann.[2] Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish.[3]

In the early 18th century, many Amish and Mennonites emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of the Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch. However, a dialect of Swiss German predominates in some Old Order Amish communities, especially in the American state of Indiana.[4] As of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish live in the United States and approximately 1500 live in Canada.[5] A 2008 study suggested their numbers have increased to 227,000,[6] and in 2010 a study suggested their population had grown by 10% in the past two years to 249,000, with increasing movement to the West.[1]

Amish church membership begins with baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. It is a requirement for marriage, and once a person has affiliated with the church, he or she may marry only within the faith. Church districts average between 20 and 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a member's home. The district is led by a bishop and several ministers and deacons.[7] The rules of the church, the Ordnung, must be observed by every member. These rules cover most aspects of day-to-day living, and include prohibitions or limitations on the use of power-line electricity, telephones, and automobiles, as well as regulations on clothing. Many Amish church members may not buy insurance or accept government assistance such as Social Security. As Anabaptists, Amish church members practice nonresistance and will not perform any type of military service.

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A well-referenced and recently updated Wikipedia article.
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Official Amish Country Visitors Guide: Elkhart County, Northern Indiana

Official Amish Country Visitors Guide: Elkhart County, Northern Indiana | Amish communities | Scoop.it
Your online Travel Guide to the diverse heritage, attractions, dining & accommodations along the Heritage Trail.
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Jane Sutton's comment, February 21, 2013 5:44 PM
Get the tourist perspective!
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Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County OH | Amish Tours, shopping, lodging, dining, visitors, berlin

Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County OH | Amish Tours, shopping, lodging, dining, visitors, berlin | Amish communities | Scoop.it
Ohio's Amish Country Magazine located in Holmes County, Berlin and Millersburg Ohio is a comprehensive map, guide to the amish culture and shows you all the best places to stop while in our area.
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PA Amish Lifestyle | How the community of Amish in PA live today

PA Amish Lifestyle | How the community of Amish in PA live today | Amish communities | Scoop.it
The PA Amish lifestyle has remained largely unchanged since they settled in Lancaster County 300 years ago. Learn how the community of Amish in PA still lives today.
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Paradigm Shift: 10 Things We Can Learn from the Amish Community — The Morris Tribe

Paradigm Shift: 10 Things We Can Learn from the Amish Community — The Morris Tribe | Amish communities | Scoop.it

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THE AMISH: history, beliefs, practices, etc.

THE AMISH: history, beliefs, practices, etc. | Amish communities | Scoop.it
The Amish: history, beliefs, practices, conflicts, diseases, etc.
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Jane Sutton's comment, February 21, 2013 5:43 PM
Interesting historical information and religious perspectives from an (apparently) objective US group promoting religious tolerance.
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Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County OH | Amish Tours, shopping, lodging, dining, visitors, berlin

Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County OH | Amish Tours, shopping, lodging, dining, visitors, berlin | Amish communities | Scoop.it
Ohio's Amish Country Magazine located in Holmes County, Berlin and Millersburg Ohio is a comprehensive map, guide to the amish culture and shows you all the best places to stop while in our area.
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Religion Clause: Swartzentruber Amish Group Moving From ...

Religion Clause: Swartzentruber Amish Group Moving From ... | Amish communities | Scoop.it

AP reported that the 21-family congregation of Swartzentruber Amish who have lived in western Pennsylvania are moving to St. Lawrence County in upstate New York rather than continue their battles with local authorities ...

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Jane Sutton's comment, February 21, 2013 5:34 PM
Example of an authentic Amish dispute with authorities in the broader community. Click links to access prior blog postings.
Jason Panagiotou's curator insight, May 11, 2015 11:44 AM

This is a great example on how religion expands from one location to another.