Amish (disambiguation)

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The Amish are an Anabaptist Christian denomination formed in 1693 by a schism among some German-speaking Mennonites over the practice of shunning. The term may be applied to:

Religious groups[edit]

  • The Old Order Amish, who live in rural communities in North America and are famous for their plain dress and limited use of technology. The group emerged from the split into Old Order Amish and Amish Mennonites in the decades after 1862.
  • The Amish Mennonites, a broad term used for churches that emerged from the split after 1862 and later mostly became Mennonites with few exceptions, the most notably being the Kauffman Amish Mennonites.
  • The Egly Amish, who had already withdrawn from the Amish church in 1858. They soon drifted away from the old ways and changed their name to "Defenseless Mennonite" in 1908, to "Evangelical Mennonite Church" in 1942, and then to "Fellowship of Evangelical Churches" in 2003.
  • The Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference, that emerged in 1910 among Amish congregations that took no side in the split after 1862. They dropped the word "Amish" from their name in 1957. They were more liberal than the Old Orders but more conservative than the Amish Mennonites.
  • The Beachy Amish, a car driving group with a few restrictions on technologies. In many aspects they resemble Conservative Mennonites. They emerged from the Old Orders in a process that started in 1927.
  • The New Order Amish, a Plain dress, horse and buggy group, formed in 1966, that is more liberal concerning technologies than most Old Order Amish. Some of them use electricity in the home. They do not practice shunning.



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