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New York Amish, 2nd EditionLife in the Plain Communities of the Empire State$
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Karen Johnson-Weiner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707605

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707605.001.0001

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In Search of Consensus and Fellowship

In Search of Consensus and Fellowship

New York’s Swiss Amish

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New York Amish, 2nd Edition

Karen Johnson-Weiner

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses how, despite their common origin in the Anabaptist movement and Jacob Ammann's break with the larger Mennonite movement, today's Amish are ethnically and religiously diverse. The Swiss Amish began to arrive nearly a century after the first German immigrants had reached North America, and although they identified as Amish, the Swiss Amish immigrants differed in many ways from their German Amish counterparts. These new Swiss Amish settlers were more progressive than either earlier Amish immigrants or their newly arriving German counterparts. Moreover, few Swiss Amish leaders attended the nineteenth-century Diener-Versammlungen, which helped to define the Old Order Amish as distinct from more progressive Amish churches. The Swiss churches have acquired a reputation for stubbornness, and their communities have been shaped by internal conflict.

Keywords:   Swiss Amish, German Amish, Anabaptist movement, Mennonite movement, Diener-Versammlungen, Old Order Amish, Amish churches

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