Mennonite Central Committee
|Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites||View|
|by Donald B. Kraybill|
hardcover, 328 pages, $35.00|
|Donald B. Kraybill has spent his career among Anabaptist groups, gaining an unparalleled understanding of these traditionally private people. Kraybill shares that deep knowledge in this succinct overview of the beliefs and cultural practices of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America. |
Found throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States, these religious communities include more than 200 different groups with 800,000 members in 17 countries. Through 340 short entries, Kraybill offers readers information on a wide range of topics related to religious views and social practices. With thoughtful consideration of how these diverse communities are related, this compact reference provides a brief and accurate synopsis of these groups in the twenty-first century.
No other single volume provides such a broad overview of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America. Organized for ease of searching-with a list of entries, a topic finder, an index of names, and ample cross-references-the volume also includes abundant resources for accessing additional information.
Copyright 2010 John Hopkins University Press
|Plain Women: Gender and Ritual in the Old Order River Brethren||View|
|by Margaret C. Reynolds|
hardcover, 192 pages, $35.00|
|Despite the great interest in "plain" Groups in recent years,
comparatively little has been written about women and the particular
role they play in preserving traditional religious and cultural values
in the modern world. In Plain Women,Margaret C. Reynolds
portrays the women of the Old Order River Brethren, a significant
branch of the Brethren in Christ located mainly in Pennsylvania.
The members of this conservative offshoot of the Brethren are often
confused with the Amish because of their plain attire, but unlike the
Amish, they have made some notable concessions to the modern world-
including the use of automobiles, computers, and home appliances.
Noting these accommodations to modern American life, Reynolds examines
the ceremonies and traditions that allow the Old Order River Brethren
to remain "separate" from other plain groups and from contemporary mass
culture. She describes, for example, the love feast communion, a
service that involves footwashing and a breadmaking ritual (one unique
to the Old Order River Brethren and solely performed by women).
Reynolds focuses in particular on the gendered customs of dress, hair,
and domesticity that shape women's lives and, in so doing preserve the
minority faith itself.
Copyright 2001 Pennsylvania German Society
|A Declaration on Peace: In God's People the World's Renewal Has Begun||View|
|by Douglas Gwyn, George, Hunsinger, Eugene F. Roop, and John Howard Yoder|
paperback, 112 pages, $5.95|
|A call from Mennonites, Quakers, Church of the Brethren, and the
Felloship of Reconciliation to all Christians to renew discussions
about peace, war, militarism, and justice. Douglas Gwyn, George
Hunsinger, Eugene F. Roop, and John Howard Yoder, editors, offer an
ecumenical dialogue on the morality of war, grounded in a biblical
vision common to all Christian communions. |
This book declares that
peacemaking is essential to Christian discipleship. It is the vocation
of the church as a whole. Moving beyond the traditional debate around
"pacifism," this statement seeks dialogue concerning a renewed vision
of the entire purpose of God in the world.
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