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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Barb Wright

    This is so interesting..can’t wait for more!!

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  2. Rebecca Wellington

    Great story. Loved it. New things about the plain people

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  3. brenda

    great info. looking fwd to the updates. thank you

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  4. brenda

    oops I neglected to ask what the rationale is for gas light over electricity . both are something derived from the English. does it have something to do with electrical wiring ?

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    1. Kevin

      Brenda, yep, that is exactly the season….they don’t want to be “on the grid”…so the gaslights help them avoid that.

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      1. Meg

        Enjoyed your story. It is good to hear someone tell the facts about the religions. I have family in the OOGB church and I grew up that way. I hear so many stories about what people say they believe that is just not true. Seems like you have tried to stay with the facts. It is refreshing. I am not sure about the gas lights though. I thought the reason was to not be “modern” any more than is absolutely necessary. Thank you.

  5. kentuckylady717

    Kevin, couldn’t comment under the weight subject….so will do it here….stay away from the hot chocolate and you can do it…..and drink more water…
    I always heard if you had a cup of broth or soup before a meal, then you won’t eat so much…..and you know what ? It works 🙂

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  6. Glen Miller

    Kevin – Some added insight is:

    In your Item 2 – The second sentence having a OOGB reference should probably read “In the OGBB community most of the children attend public schools.” There is an OGBB school near the Covington OOGB and OGBB meeting houses.

    In your Item 3 – Instead of “triple”, “trine” would typically be used. Trine signifies three separate dips. “Dip” would typically be used instead of “dunk”. The work “Triune” can add confusion to the discussion. “Triune” means an item containing three parts. The three part Godhead is called the Triune God or the Trinity.

    An observation of the hat photo – The hat has a binding around the outer edge of the brim. In years past the binding was not considered appropriate be some of the OGBB, and I assume other conservative groups. Instead the hat would have a cut felt edge.

    The OOGB are typically called the “Petitioners”.

    The Covington OOGB group has had sad tragedies during the past few years.

    Blessings

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    1. Kevin

      Glen, thanks for the insight. I’ll go in and make some tweaks. Yes, they have had their shares of tragedies but they seem very faith-filled and resilient. Do you have ties to the group? – Kevin

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      1. Glen Miller

        Another error in my posting – In the section about the hat – “be” should be “by”. Modernity has given us spell checkers, however, they need some context smartness!

        I have relatives that have OOGB relatives. Sixty-five years ago my father supervised the construction of the OGBB Covington/Sugar Grove Meeting House that is up the road from the OOGB Meeting House. As a result of that and my wife having relatives in the area, we have acquaintances in the area.

        The hat photo also shows a couple mirrors and a model church with steeples – These items would have been frowned upon by some in the past!

        Blessings.

    2. Glen Miller

      A correction in my prior comment – “Work” should have been “word”.

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  7. Pam Churchill

    Truly enjoying this article depicting a tad of history of the OOGB. Enjoying all the replies to your articles as well. My husband & I moved to northern Maine in late August. It wasn’t until after our move that we realized that our move put us snap dab in the middle of a growing Amish farm community not just a single family down the road! We are thrilled. We’ve always been fascinated by the lifestyle of the “plain people”, however now that we call them neighbors, we have been given a better understanding of the Amish Community and differences in other Amish Communities. When I first came to your site I came for the great recipes & cookbook a cookbook purchase, but along my path I have discovered a marvelous educational opportunity! I have not been disappointed. There are distinct differences between the Amish practices locally and those not far up the road in Smyrna. Looking forward to learning the differences. Thank you for your dedication, hard work and persistence of doing the amazing job that you are doing here on Amish365.com.

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    1. Kevin

      Thank you so much for the kind, generous words, Pam. I’ll actually be in northern Maine in a couple weeks visiting the Amish settlement at Fort Fairfield. I’ve been to Unity before. Which community are you near?

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  8. Carolyn

    Ditto I agree with pam Keven. You do an amazing job. Thank you so much, you give me something to look forward to. Looks like I was not the only one who read your OOGB peace.

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    1. Kevin

      Thank you for the kind words, Carolyn:)

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  9. Linda

    Kevin, could I ask you what your background is?

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    1. Kevin

      Linda, ethnic background or educational? My Mom is Italian-American, my Dad a purely English line…..I have no connection to Plain cultures anywhere in my background, but I’ve been spending time in Plain communities since I was a teenager….

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  10. Terry Berger

    I’m very happy to see stories on the Brethren and other groups here. I’m plain Brethren myself. Some years two ‘mature’ ladies stopped me and asked if I was Amish. I told them, “No, that I was Brethren.” They smiled and nodded. As I walked away I heard one say to the other, “He’s lying, he’s actually Amish, he just didn’t want to tell us.” The other said, “How can you tell?” The other replied, “The black hat he’s wearing.” The overall plain community is much larger and diverse than many know or understand.

    Terry

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    1. Kevin

      Thanks for stopping by Terry, always glad to hear other Plain perspectives, are you Old German Baptist Brethren?

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      1. Terry Berger

        Hello Kevin,
        I’m actually a very conservative member of the Moravian Brethren.

        Terry

      2. Kevin

        Interesting, Terry, I know very little about the Moravian Brethren, I’ll have to do some reading!

  11. Terry Berger

    I would say that we have a pretty interesting history. We predate Martin Luther by one hundred years. At one point we were a communal people like the Hutterites. If you ever visit Bethlehem, PA or Winston Salem, NC you can still the communal buildings and original layout of the communes. I think the Bruderhof folks would also be similar to us.

    Terry

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