July 14, 1996 |
When the region north and west of Philadelphia was considered a frontier and its streams were pristine, it was not uncommon for those streams to be used for the sacrament of adult baptism. On the banks of fast-flowing creeks such as the Indian or the Wissahickon, small groups of the plain-clothed, German-speaking Ana-baptist sect would totally immerse one of their adult members into the Kingdom of God. Members of the sect were formally called the Brethren. But because of their beliefs in immersion for baptism, they were popularly called Dunkers, a term of derision that they embraced.
December 5, 2002 |
A Chester County judge yesterday wanted to lock up a convicted sex offender with ties to the Amish community and hide the key. But President Judge Howard F. Riley Jr. found himself constrained by the very people he wanted to protect. Mindful that the Amish take pains to avoid the court system, and that the victims in the case did not want to testify, Riley sentenced 68-year-old John Benjamin Fisher of Morgantown to 18 to 36 months in state prison, accepting the terms of a plea agreement.
October 3, 2006 |
Amish schools, like most aspects of Amish life, remain today as they have been for generations. Even the school shootings around the country have had little effect. School doors are commonly unlocked during the school day, said Stephen Scott, research assistant at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. The schools themselves are one-room affairs with outdoor bathrooms, and have many windows to let in the sunlight, since there is no electricity.
October 3, 2006 |
With its rolling dairy farms and slow-moving buggies, Bart Township typifies Amish country. "We're just a quiet little village area getting national attention we don't want," Val Keene, the secretary-treasurer of Bart Township, said yesterday, weary of calls from across the nation and even one from England seeking information about the shooting of 11 girls, three fatally, at a school in the rural community. Earlier, she had appeared as a guest on a London talk show, she said. "We're a very conservative community," Keene said.
July 29, 1993 |
Wearing brightly colored, African-style dashikis, kente cloth caps and high-heeled pumps, they hardly looked like what most people think of when they think of Mennonites. But there they sat yesterday, in the front row of the general meeting of the Mennonite Church convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event, which ends Sunday, officially got under way yesterday. To many outsiders, Mennonites conjure up images of white women in plain dresses and wearing small white caps.
December 7, 2012 |
A Mennonite-owned cabinetmaker has filed a federal suit charging that the Affordable Care Act's mandate on contraception coverage violates its constitutional rights. Conestoga Wood Specialties, citing the principles of religious freedom on which William Penn founded Pennsylvania, says in its suit, filed in U.S. District Court, that to accord to its Mennonite beliefs, it would be "sinful and immoral for the company to participate in, pay for, facilitate or otherwise support any contraception" that would have the effect of an abortion.
September 14, 1992 |
Two hundred seventy-five years. Pastor Jay Garber cast his eyes out across his congregation, and, in the humble way characteristic of his faith, attempted to put it all in perspective. Yes, they were meeting in a church built by many of their forebears. Yes, they were worshiping on land in this rural Lancaster County community donated by their ancestors for that very purpose long before much of the country was even settled. And yes, many of the classic, popular old hymns they were singing - "Oh Worship the King," written in 1833, for instance - came along well after the congregation itself was established.
August 22, 1993 |
In the year after the Year of the Woman, Donella M. Clemens is easing her way into the role of historic symbol. No fanfare. No bold pronouncements. No radical agenda to make the establishment quake. Just Donella Clemens of Souderton, homemaker, mother of three, all-purpose volunteer. And - now that you mention it - the first woman ever to be elected moderator of the Mennonite Church. No burden there, Clemens said. "I'd worked through that when I told the nominating committee that I'd be available for the position," said Clemens, who is an elder at Souderton Mennonite Church and who was chosen for the two-year denominational leadership post at the recent biennial meeting in Philadelphia.
May 3, 1998 |
In the early part of the 20th century, Ann J. Allebach became the first woman to be ordained a Mennonite minister. She brought to her calling the Mennonite tradition of education and social work, but her achievements were outside her native area. After Allebach's death, the local Mennonite community "did not quite know what to make of this woman so unlike her kind. " The files of the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville report that Allebach was born in Green Lane in 1874 to Jacob and Sarah Markley Allebach.