The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 16
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B4 SATURDAY. APRIL 21, 2001 RELIQION THE SALINA journal T RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES Children set in their ways New study shows Amish, other religious groups are thriving By JENNIFER BROWN The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Amish communities and other isolated religious colonies are thriving by persuading their children to continue their largely preindustrial ways and remain with their churches, according to a new study The Amish, the largest of four "Old Order" groups examined, keep more than 75 percent of their children in the fold, according to the study. Hutterites, the nation's oldest rigidly communal Protestant order, persuade more than 95 percent of their young to remain in the large agricultural communes located mostly in the northwestern United States and western Canada. "Simply making babies will not ensure growth," said Don Kraybill, co-author of the study "Children must be persuaded to stay with the church as adults. And the surprise is that they are." Results from the 10-year study have been compiled in a book published this month, "On the Backroad to Heaven" (Johns Hopkins University Press). It is billed as one of the most extensive studies ever conducted of the Old Order religious groups. Kraybill, a sociologist at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, and co-author Carl F. Bowman, a professor at Bridgewater College in Virginia, spent time living among the groups, attending worship services and working beside them in barns. Out-of-mainstream culture The believers they studied were the Amish, Hutterites, Old Order Mennonites and strict Brethren. The first such groups settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. These are traditionalist branches of a broader movement that traces its roots directly back to the Anabaptists of 16th century Europe. The four Old Order groups make up a fifth of the 550,000 adults in the nation's Anabaptist-related churches; the other four-fifths are Mennonites and Brethren who are largely indistinguishable from the rest of society. Like their cousins the Baptists, both the BRIEFLY Photos by The Associated Press Turkey necks, hearts, livers and gizzards are placed in plastic bags during processing of Thanksgiving birds at Pleasant Valley Hutterite Colony, west of Belt, Mont., Nov. 17. strict and modern groups baptize only youths and adults. But unlike Baptists, they are committed to pacifism and nonviolence, refusing to serve as police or soldiers. One reason for the Old Order groups' success in retaining young members is that these religious communities have created an out-of-the-mainstream culture — with distinctive dress, customs and sometimes even language — which is difficult for children to escape. "It's a real culture shock," Kraybill said. "Leaving is not only hard because they would be so isolated from their parents, friends and family, it's also like a foreign country" Except for the Brethren, all the groups studied speak a Germanic dialect for everyday life and in worship services. Except for the Brethren, children are separated from outsiders in private schools, which typically end after eighth grade. Amish youth must join the church before they can marry Farmers pass down property to their children only if they remain in the church. In addition, all but the Brethren shun members who leave. Some compromise allowed But to prosper, the Amish, Hutterites, Old Order Mennonites and Brethren have intertwined compromises with restrictions. They allow technology that furthers growth — modern medicine, for example — while prohibiting that which tliey believe tears Amish children peer from the rear of a horse-drawn buggy in Lancaster County, Pa., in this July 1998 file photo. Amish communities and other isolated religious colonies are thriving by persuading their children to continue their largely pre-industrial ways and remain with their churches. the groups apart — television, radios and most telephones. Sometimes, Kraybill said, those can appear conflicting to outsiders. "Each group draws a line in the cultural sand, and once drawn, it impacts future decisions," the authors wrote. "Was it electricity the car, or the telephone that would speed things up and usher worldly influences into the home?" For example, the Hutterites live in agricultural communes, with only the leaders having contact with outsiders. But they own million- dollar farms using CB radios, telephones and fiberoptic lines to boost productivity Tlie Old Order Mennonites allow tractors in the fields, but the machines must have steel wheels so they cannot be used for transportation on roads. The Amish, who have probably the most interaction with outsiders, forbid tractors — possibly to help buttress the last barrier to the outside world, Kraybill said. The compromises and restrictions have had at least one result: These four groups have almost completely avoided societal maladies such as drug abuse, alcoholism, divorce and child abuse. "I think in many ways they torment mainstream Americans" because they seem to thrive without most of the conveniences that mainstream culture relies on, Kraybill said. "We worry maybe they are really happier than we are or maybe they really are doing better socially and mentally than we are." Members upset by tithing ultimatum BOSTON — The letter had the threatening tone of a bill collector, but it wasn't from a credit card or utility company demanding past-due payments. It was from a church. Nearly half the members of the Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Apostolic received letters warning them to pay tithes to the church or else get booted, according to The Boston Globe. Alfreda Moore, the church's executive secretary, wrote to more than 200 congregants, telling them they were late in paying tithes. She warned members they had 30 days to make payments by check or money order. "Please be advised that you are in default in the payment of tithes to the Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Inc., for a period in excess of 90 days," the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. The letter warned that if the money isn't paid, "all privileges of membership in the Church will be immediately suspended." "My spirit just kind of broke," sand Sandra Smith Cosby a daughter of the church's founder who received the letter last month. "Our job is to bring people in, not kick people out," she said. Paying tithes is a tradition in some churches that comes from an Old Testament exhortation to give the church 10 percent of one's earnings. The letter was the latest problem in a power struggle at "Holy Tab," a Dorchester Pentecostal church. The church, which once had 1,400 congregants and eight choral groups, was founded 35 years ago by Joe L. Smith, the church's only pastor until his death last year Controversial ad running in magazines NEW YORK — Six national magazines are running a controversial ad about Holocaust survivors whose lives were transformed by Jesus. But major television and cable networks refused to air commercials on the same theme, according to the evangelical group sponsoring the campaign. The ads were created to announce the free offer of a 60- minute documentary called "Survivor Stories" — life stories of seven Holocaust survivors who went on to become followers of Jesus. The sponsoring organization is Jews for Jesus, a group that aims to bring Jews to Christianity. Network executives banned the promotion fearing the subject matter would spark protests by Jewish groups, according to David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus. Full-page ads offering "Survivor Stories" free to the public are being carried this week in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Magazine and The New Yorker. The promotion began last week in Talk and People magazines, and Rolling Stone also planned to publish it. Several publications approved the ads after the word "Holocaust" was removed from the copy The print ads featixre a close- up of Marion Parkhurst, an elderly survivor who now lives in California. The caption reads: "Before you dismiss my belief, you should hear my story" UCC congregations leaving the fold CLEVELAND — Over the past decade, 327 congregations have decided to leave the United Church of Christ, and withdrawals have increased somewhat since 1997, denominational records show. Last year's loss was 41 congregations. Membership in the liberal denomination, currently 1,377,320, declined 14 percent during the decade. United Church research director C. Kirk Hadaway said most congregations give no official reason for leaving, but those that do most often cite toleration of homosexuals. Conservative pastors who didn't train at United Church seminaries have growing influence, Hadaway said. The withdrawals receive less notice than those in other Protestant groups because no formal schism has occurred. Also, the United Church's autonomous congregations can keep their buildings without legal fights. Cosby and about 70 other congregants filed a lawsuit against their church earlier this year, claiming they were denied a voice in choosing a new pastor and prohibited from seeing the church's financial records. From Wire Service Reports (Jyntral {\ansas Tievival2001 Chapman Footoall Stadium, Chapman, KS Saturday June 2nd, 2001 6;00p.m. 40 (Days ORSHIP WTTH US FIRST mCH OF THE NAZARENE 1425 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-6948 I'niyor Timo In The Sanctuary..8;40-9;00 a.m. Uilj'k' Sliidy For All Ages 0:30 a.m. Morning VVoraliip 10:45 a.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Family Night 7:00 p.m. Pastor; N. Rene Colaw Music: Barb Miller Children: Lacy Krebs Youth: Rod Billings Senior AdiiKa: Jack DrlscoU Belmont Boulevard Christian Church 2608 Belmont Blvd., 827-4882 VSt T~| Pastor: Dr. Dennis M. Patience Nursery Provided jL Sunday School for all ages 9:15 a.m. Worship and Conimimlon 10:30 am. ? First Christian Churcli ng 2727 E. Crawford KM H2r>-a2l>(] • fa-li'-'siilnel.ori! 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Sunday Worslup 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Interim, Paslor, Raymond Mai (785) 668-2622 Sunday Contemporary....8:15 a.m. Sunday Tiadilional 10:45 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Classes Q:30 a.m. I'u.HI<ir UlUiiuii l:. IJlisrhbuin Preschool Monday-Friday Church of Christ 1646 N. 9th 827-2957 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Wed, Bible Study 7:30 p.m. JImmie Keas, Minister Diicover the richneii o( a rolatlonihip with Chrlit 801E. Cloud St. Solina,KS 67401 (7851823-3792 Sunday Worship 8:30,9:45,11:00 a.m. Chrisrian Education Classes 9:45,11:00 a.m. Nursery provided for all services FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 8th & Mulbeny Sunday Sen'ice 10:45 a.m, Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Wed. Kvonliig Meeting 7:30 p.m. Rimiilng Room In CImrch Wednesday 1-3 pm & 0:4II-7:16 pm Sallna Mennonlte Church 2026 Starlight Drive, 825-2663 Join us as we seek to share God's love. Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Interim Pastors: Stan & Marlene Smucker METHODIST University 1505 S. 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Study 1 (lii.lu,N7|.,m, III l«I.K l)id((, 421 N,01i|n lii'v, Allen ll,SiiiiUi, I'liHUir '•Thi Churrh nm llmubiidii li Scmbody Anil Chriil liMI" 'llmotliy KJtne, Uoan PRESBYTERIAN FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Church School 9:00 u.iu. Sunday Service 10:15 a.m. Broadcast on KINA AM 910 on your dial (Nursery Provided) "Released, But Not Let Go" Pastoi-s: Thomas P. Reid TinioUiy M. IMaguffce Becky Ewing, Director of Family Hope Cenler Dr. Richard Koshgarlaii, Director of Music Sunrise 825 E. Beloit Phone 823-6344 Church School 9:40 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 8:30 u.ni. & 11:00 a.m. Nursery Provided "Youth Survivors" Rev. Don Scliroeder T—i Kiniberly Tribolet, QA Director of Congi-egational Nurture s£J Don Hajnmerli, Parish Associali: EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION Mux & Norton • 823-2850 Sunday Scliool 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. The Rev. 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