Except when it is her turn, the teacher neither leads nor instructs although her enthusiasm for singing is "catching." Third, "fast" and gospel songs, such as "Wo ist Jesus mein Verlangen," are sung nearly as slowly as Amish church
(53) Their parents' hope, of course, is that they will return with renewed commitment to the Amish church, secure in the knowledge that they understand what they are giving up and are ready to relinquish it all freely.
There are many bright, thoughtful people who continue with the Amish church. At the same time, though, I would say that critical thinking is a real challenge to staying within the brotherhood." (76)
(36.) Multiple questions regarding Yoder's claims to accuracy have been raised, including his self-identification as someone who "still belong[s] to the Amish church
," and his genealogical facticity.
Such dialogues will almost certainly result in new fellowships as well as new schisms among the 1,735 Amish church districts located in 411 (and still increasing) settlements, scattered across twenty-seven U.S.
Formerly active settlements are not included if Amish church services are no longer held, even though some families may still linger there" (17).
Displaying a firm grasp of the theological underpinnings of the Amish churches
, Stevick begins with a fascinating, if short, history lesson.
This means that the "liberal" Mennonite churches and other derivative churches who trace origins to the first Amish churches
in the community are generally regarded as having either rejected or significantly "drifted" from their Amish roots.
Thus, by the mid-1950s, a group of Amish churches
that had straddled the line between the Amish Mennonite conferences and the Old Order Amish had resuscitated the dying Amish Mennonite movement.