By Kevin Williams
Happy New Year to all of our Amish in the News readers. We have some interesting stories to begin the year so lets jump right in!
SYRIANS IN AMISH COUNTRY: Pennsylvania as a whole and Lancaster County in particular have a long history of welcoming displaced peoples with open arms. Some refugee families from war-torn Syria are being resettled in Lancaster County. There’s not a lot “Amish” about this article as the headline implies other than the refugees are finding a safe haven in the city of Lancaster. Still, it is interesting to see how this area’s rich history of welcoming is continuing to this day. Click here to read more.
MENNONITES IN BALTIMORE: What makes this article so interesting, at least to me, is that this is about a family who converted to the Mennonite faith. And this particular urban Mennonite church is probably about as progressive as possible while still being Plain. The church members dress plainly, but computers, cars, etc are acceptable. The Mennonite church is compromised of a spectrum, on onside conservative horse and buggy Mennonites, on the other progressive, non-plain, politically liberal Mennonites. Between the two poles there is a broad spectrum and this church probably falls smack in the middle. Click here to read this interesting article. The article also touches upon some of the Christmas customs of this church which sound less flashy than some Amish churches.
MENNONITE ROOTS: Sheesh, this is one persistent woman, read about a Washington State woman who has been working on a book about her Mennonite roots for 20 years. If I were still working on a book after 20 years I’d probably throw in the towel, although I’ve been hanging on as editor of The Amish Cook column for 25 years…..click here to read about this woman’s efforts.
AMISH CHICKEN CORNBREAD BAKE: Martha White, that iconic American brand, has a recipe for Amish Chicken Cornbread Bake that they’ve been presenting in various media outlets. Not sure how Amish it is, I could see it catching on, though, in some of the Tennessee and Kentucky Amish settlements where cornbread is more popular. So perhaps that is where the recipe originates. Click here for the recipe.
SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION IN AMISH COUNTRY: This is an interesting, short, readable article from the Lancaster, PA newspaper about the history of “school consolidation” in the rural areas around Lancaster County and how it impacted the Amish. Click here for an interesting read.