Here's an Amish news round-up as we head into the week of November 10.
NEW STORE IN VIRGINIA: Looks like a typical Amish "country store" , but the article does also shed a little bit of light on the small, but growing, Amish presence in southern Virginia, a state that has seen slow Amish growth over the years. Click here to read about it. Interesting in the photo the unbearded Amish male. Either he's a really young owner or the reporter is wrong and he's Mennonite.
MY AMISH HOME: Check in with Amish writer Millie Otto from the Arthur, Illinois settlement. Read about her "brain fog-up" and get a recipe for caramel apple pie.
COLLECTIONS: Sheesh, when most of us think of "collections" we think of a dreaded debt-related issue. Among the Amish "collections" can refer to picking up after your horse. This apparently is a flash-point issue right now in Russellville, Kentucky. Read more here.
GAY MARRIAGE: This is an issue that is deeply dividing the Mennonite church now. And a Mennonite pastor in Lancaster County recently was stripped of his credentials for officiating a gay wedding. This type of conflict has been happening in the church for the past several years and I've generally steered clear of the topic, but something about this story is different: the pastor was/is 96-years-old! I guess when you are 96 you can take a stand and not really care what anyone else thinks. There is a liberation that comes with getting older. Read more here.