There are more comfortable chairs for some of the older members and the ministers. (We will devote our second article in this series to the music at church services.) There are usually three to seven preachers and bishops at a service.These men retire to a room during the singing to decide who will be preaching the two sermons that day. Since people may be seated in different rooms, the ministers may move about somewhat as they preach.
Their rejection of automobiles, use of horse-drawn farm machinery, and distinctive dress set them apart from the high-tech culture of modern life.The rebaptism of adults was then a crime punishable by death.Baptism, in the dissidents' view, was only meaningful for adults who had made a voluntary confession of faith.The year 1993 marked the existence of 300 years of Amish life.Extinct in their European homeland, today they live in more than 200 settlements in 22 states and the Canadian province of Ontario.