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Holmes Morton in his Strasburg, Pennsylvania office.

Ways to address inherited genetic disorders explored in visit to Lancaster clinic serving “Plain” Anabaptist communities

The Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, is geographically nestled within the Old Order Amish and Mennonite populations of Lancaster, County. Similarly, EMU and the Heartland Clinic in Dayton, Virginia, are surrounded by Old Order and Conservative Mennonite populations. All parties have a common interest in the “Plain” communities’ needs for quality healthcare. ...More

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Writers Read Author Discusses Leaving the Amish

Saloma Miller Furlong always liked the way Burlington, Vt., looked in her school history books. So, when she decided to leave her Ohio Amish community at the age of 20, that’s where she headed. When she got there, she felt like a new person. “I got my dream job as a waitress at Pizza Hut,” she said in the PBS documentary “The Amish,” from which ...More

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Real or Fake, ‘Amish Mafia’ Is Bigotry

Many people overlook the harm caused by the Discovery Channel’s television show Amish Mafia, perhaps assuming it’s similar in nature to previous Amish-themed “reality” programs — distasteful, but nothing to get worked up about. Or they dismiss it as mostly fake. Or, more sadly, whether Amish or non-Amish, they simply have come to take as given the regular pa ...More

Symposium on ‘Forgiveness’ Focuses on Amish Tragedy

The blood was hardly dry on the bare board floor of the West Nickel Mines School in Bart Township, Lancaster County, Pa., when Amish parents sent words of forgiveness to the family of the killer who had executed their children. The world was stunned and outraged at the senseless, unprecedented assault on the one-room Amish school that took the lives of five children and wounded five ot ...More

Theater, Reunions Headline Homecoming Weekend

A symposium on Amish forgiveness and a new theater work by Ted and Trent will highlight homecoming and parents weekend, Oct. 10-12, 2008. "WWLD: What Would Lloyd Do?", is a musical comedy written by and starring Ted Swartz ’89 and Trent Wagler ’02, and directed by Ingrid De Sanctis ’88). The play, with guest artist Jay Lapp ...More

Seminary Dean to Open ‘Writers Read’ Series

The language and literature department will hold its first “Writers Read” program of the new school year Thursday, Sept. 18. ...More

Historians Examine Amish, Mennonite Response to Civil War Conflict

James O. Lehman, librarian emeritus at EMU and archivist for Virginia Mennonite Conference Two experts in Anabaptist studies have collaborated on the first scholarly examination of pacifism during the Civil War. “Mennonites, Amish and the American Civil War,& ...More

Why the Amish Forgive: Tales of Redemption at Nickel Mines

The blood was hardly dry on the bare board floor of the Nickel Mines School when Amish parents sent words of forgiveness to the family of the killer who had executed their children. Forgiveness? So quickly and for such a heinous crime? Of the hundreds of media queries I’ve received in the past week, the forgiveness question rose to the top. Why and how could they do such a thing ...More

Amish Forgiveness Offers Lessons

The subdued reaction of the Amish to the killing of five girls at the one-room school in Bart Township, Pa., reflects their theology, culture and history, says Earl Zimmerman, a religion professor at EMU, who attended grades 1 through 8 in a one-room Amish school about 30 miles north of the site of the killings. ...More

Novelist Evie Yoder Miller Closes Semester of ‘Writers Read’

Evie Miller Yoder, novelist The language and literature department will hold its final “Writer’s Read̶ ...More