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Gemeinde (plural: Gemeinden) is a German word for borough, commune, community, township, municipality, or in religious contexts, a parish or congregation (sometimes, Kirchengemeinde). [1]

Gemeinde in the sense of the Amish way of life ruled by the Ordnung, it functions as a description for certain Amish congregations often centering around a church and sharing some local social structures like church service.

Gemeinde also means, approximately, the parish or the community. This term in its theological usage, means more than just a community or parish. It has no English equivalent except among Mormons, who call it a ward. It encompasses the meaning of parish assembly (as a group entity) but also the congregation as a koinonia (Greek) or fellowship of believers.

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  1. ^ "Travlang's German-English On-line Dictionary" (result for "Gemeinde"), Travlang (, 2000, webpage: travlang-Gemeinde.