By Kevin Williams
We've got a mix of stories in the news today that I want to share:
AMISH BUILDING A GARAGE: The Fremont, Nebraska newspaper ran an article about an Amish contractor building a garage in town. Sheesh, there must not be much news going on in Fremont. The article gives a little insight into the small, but slowly growing, community of Amish in the state of Nebraska. Beyond that, this article is more just interesting in that it appears at all...there's really not much in it, I think because the Amish are relatively new in Nebraska, the local paper found this newsworthy, but, sheesh, here in Ohio if you did a story about every Amish person who built a garage or shed, that's all your newspaper would be......anyway, click here to read.
BRETHREN ANNUAL MEETING: This is actually a pretty darn good column by Susan Holsinger of the Carroll County Comet in Indiana. From her photo I don't think she is actually Old German Baptist Brethren, but I get the idea that she once might have been. Pure conjecture on my part, because she never really says. But you can tell from this column that she has close-up knowledge of the church. This is a superb piece that gives great insight into just what a "well-oiled machine" the Annual Meeting is....I mean, the organizers have everything covered...it's an amazing undertaking. Click here to read her column.
MILLIE'S BLUEBERRY-BANANA BREAD: This is the latest from Amish columnist Millie Otto in Illinois. This is wedding season among the Amish and, well, weddings happen. Each one is different and, like the Brethren annual meeting, is a big undertaking. Click here to read more and get her recipe for blueberry-banana bread.
AMISH AND MODERN MEDICINE: This is a long, but interesting read, that really does provide great insight into how the Amish view modern medicine and how maybe the rest of us could learn a thing or two from them. The article sort of mentions this but I want to drive the point home: the Amish are all over the map when it comes to medicine. I know some Amish people who use the the doctor more often than many non-Amish people I know. Others are completely opposed to any modern medicine, but the majority fall somewhere between the two extremes and this "middle majority" is what this article tends to cover. Click here to read this excellent article.
AMISH FOR TRUMP: This is a story we first talked about last week on Amish365, but it seems to have gained steam in the mainstream press the past few days, so I thought I'd link to an interesting article about it....and, again, as I do every Presidential race, I will talk about politics as it relates to the Amish but please don't read my political opinions into any of this...I'm simply reporting what is in the news..If an "Amish For Hilary" movement crops up, I will report on that too. Anyway, click here to see an update about how Donald Trump's campaign is making a full-court press for the Amish vote. (Just, though, to provide context: there is nothing in Amish church doctrine that prohibits the Amish from voting...but voting at the Presidential level is fraught with moral peril, so the Amish are far, far more comfortable voting on local issues like a mental health levy, school board, or a zoning issue.