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Plain Kansas

Rosanna Bauman, age 25, is German Baptist Brethren. She is a writer, farmer, and speaker and lives on a rural Kansas farm she shares with her parents and 4 siblings. The Brethren Church, is often mistaken for Amish or Mennonites, but the Brethren have different historical and theological roots. The Brethren Church is a "Plain" church. Members dress plainly and, like the Amish, are pacifists, but they do use cars and phones.

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  1. Linda Bolt

    I loved this column, particularly because years ago, we lived in the Yakima Valley of Washington, so I could relate to some of these experiences. And I love anything to do with weddings! I did chuckle at the “small” wedding of 300 people. To me, that’s a big wedding. Great to hear about weddings that come together with the help of family and friends. Thanks for sharing this story.

  2. Jeff FRame

    I’m just wondering what the German Baptist lady wears when she swims. very conservative, I’m sure.

  3. Wendy P

    Your story about the cherry pits reminded me of an older lady I once worked with – she told how aghast her mother was when her grandfather taught her how to spit over the porch railing!

    This sounds like it was a wonderful trip. Thanks for “taking” us along.


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