Amish and Mennonites...

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    Nov 11, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    Do we have any here on RJ?
    I am trying to finish a study and the mapping of communities across the USA for the Federal Highway Administration and The Department of Transportation.....need to ask a few questions of anyone that is "the scribe" and sends articles to "THE BUDGET"...the national newspaper for the Amish and Mennonites..... Thanks....(or anyone on "RUMSPRINGA")
    Gary
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    Nov 11, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    I doubt an Amish person would even own a computer or be online.

    Maybe a mennonite, but an amish person? icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 11, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    Import saidI doubt an Amish person would even own a computer or be online.

    Maybe a mennonite, but an amish person? icon_lol.gif
    The Amish have iPhones, so it's very possible they could also be on RJ.
    http://www.filecluster.com/iPhone/The-Amish-Phonebook-Podcast-88892.html
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    Nov 11, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    Are they on Grindr? icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 11, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    I'm a Mennonite, but I'm not sure I can help you (if I could understand what you want), because my community is in Germany. And I don't get, much less read any church publications.
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    Nov 11, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    Ppl on Rumspringa can use electricity ...

    Interesting word "rumspringa".... in dutch it translates as "to jump aroung"...
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    Nov 11, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidI'm a Mennonite, but I'm not sure I can help you (if I could understand what you want), because my community is in Germany. And I don't get, much less read any church publications.



    I appreciate your candor, you are right, you may not be able to help me, but just for general information...
    I am mapping out the minority populations of the USA for the USA Federal Highway Administration and the Department of Transportation....as part of the national law called NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) http://www.fta.dot.gov/planning/environment/planning_environment_2238.html This law requires a study of the environment in the vicinity of any transportation project that uses federal monies or involves any federally funded and maintained feature. A part of this law involves the study of the current population of people and communities in the area of a project known as Environmental Justice, Public Involvement and Title 6 . These require looking at demographic information and poverty information and specialized communities...such as the AMISH and to a lesser part the Mennonites.. most time transportation protects will attempt to not break up or divide a small culturally distinct community....but we need to know where they are so planning can avoid or minimize the impacts to the community. also need to know of special considerations for public meeting about projects for public input and on topics of discrimination, etc... I am looking for more specific demographic information on the AMISH and the Mennonites. The US Census does not collect nor ID the Amish as a minority, and the only sources I have found are from charts and books and graphics made in the 1970's. The best source has been the BUDGET and to map the locations of the stories in the paper. The paper comes out weekly and is supposed to be THE single biggest circulation for th eAmish and Mennonites around the world, but mostly the USA and Canada....These articles are sent in by the "scribe" of each community as a running report of their community. I need to talk to a scribe, because there are shorthand, format and style requirements that I am not able to crack that are slowing down my conversion and understanding of these articles...
    Thanks.....
    Gary
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    Nov 11, 2010 10:38 AM GMT
    I will wish you luck; I would not want to try to figure that out.

    From http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20081114/NEWS01/811140425/Amish-on-the-rise-across-Kentucky
    "Now they have 63 church districts in 21 counties. Just since 2000, they've started settlements in Caldwell, Graves, Henry, Mason, Taylor, Breckinridge, Fleming, Lewis, Logan, Nicholas and Ohio counties, he said."

    And that is Kentucky- not a state that I have ever really associated with the Amish! It is also only since 2000- I would have thought that the number of settlements would be declining- not thriving... I suppose a possible reason may be found in that article. "the farmer -- a father of 15 children ages 10 to 32..." Another article states that retention in the Amish faith is 80 - 90%!!! I would bet your average Christian church prays for those numbers!

    Anyhow, there are two links below that you may find useful (if you could contact the authors or the owners of the websites you may have a lot of luck finding out where they actually reside.)
    http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/departments/pch/phcm/casesjournal/volume3/peer-reviewed/cases_3_04.cfm
    Which includes such encouraging gems as "Their choice of separation from public education and technology make it difficult, if not impossible, to reach them through traditional mass communication channels." and "In the United States, approximately 380 Amish settlements are located in approximately half of the 50 states. The Amish reside as far South as Florida and as far West as Montana." I actually believe this is their way of wishing you luck finding all 380 settlements. Heck, even the maps below do not show the Amish in 50 States...

    The maps below (that I include only because I found them to be interesting... and because I think the one for Menonites may be depressingicon_wink.gif ) came from this website dedicated to teaching "low" German. Being as "the old order Amish church" provided the data for the maps you may wish to contact them. It would seem they must keep track of where their churches and settlements are.
    http://esl.amdsb.ca/low-german-resources/
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    Anyhow, enjoy your research (on the bright side, it would appear that you can skip Hawaii and Alaska in your research.)
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    Nov 11, 2010 11:07 AM GMT
    I was gonna suggest Daviess Co., Indiana where I grew up, but it's already on the map.

    I just remember going to those Amish parties growing up. You wouldn't believe the drugs these kids did. No wonder they got so much done throughout the day.
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    Nov 11, 2010 12:06 PM GMT
    Are you including Hutterites in with the Mennonites? Eastern/Central Washington State has many colonies. Some some of them more tech savvy than others. They are usually far ahead of the curve when it comes to farming technology (gps guided and controlled harvesters etc...) so I would imagine they would be online, but would vastly restrict the content available to their communities.
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    Nov 11, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
    I had to do a double take when I first read this.

    All of the Amish that I have known would not have a computer IN their homes, but that does not extend to outbuildings, public libraries, etc.

    I was taken aback some years ago when I hired 2 local Amish men to construct a gazebo for a client (at their request) and although I had to pick them up and take them home each day, they had power tools, generators, but what really floored me: a checking account!

    The power tools were not allowed inside their home, all kept in an outbuilding.The phone was outside as well, in a 'phone booth' like structure.
    When the older one whipped out a checkbook to pay the younger guy I had to ask. He said it was impossible to live in today's world without having a checking account & do business.

    I wonder how many of us would live so close to our 'beilefs' today if that involved such sacrifice?

    Good luck with your project, Sporty!
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    Nov 11, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    sorry I really can't help with information but I am surrounded by them here. You would be surprised by what they can and do do...