Mennonites and dating
After weeks of fighting the idea of dating online, I finally began the application process. Three food items that best represent Mennonites for you. If I were a Mennonite of Russian descent from Kansas, I might say zweiback or borscht.I was surprised at how quickly insecurity about my religious identity reared up. I could identify myself by mentioning homemade noodles, mashed potatoes and lots of meat.If photography, to Newman, is an opportunity to capture “a fleeting image of something, some little world that once was,” it holds true here, even if this tradition stands strong against the tide of modernity; recent studies cite an upswing in population growth among Old Order Anabaptists, helped along by households counting eight, 10, even 13 children.Still, on a visit to Lancaster, Newman witnessed a low-speed collision between a car and a buggy, which left her quivering.Cliccando o navigando sul sito, acconsenti alla raccolta da parte nostra di informazioni su Facebook e fuori da Facebook tramite i cookie.
The Mennonite community is traditionally rooted in hometown families. Or the famous Oakieburger that would place me as a member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church? The fact is that church identity—even one so solid both culturally and religiously as the Mennonite identity—is fluid.“It’s like a time machine.” At first glance, Newman—an 18-year-old high school senior already making waves in photography circles for her intimate portraits—has little in common with the bonnet-wearing women on the other side of the road.The very act of posing for a picture tests the limits of piety and modesty for certain Mennonites (as well as their fellow Anabaptists, the Amish), who point to 20:4, against “any graven image.” It’s a far pendulum swing from a society accustomed to selfies and self-promotion, where “it’s a constant struggle to be interesting or to feel cool,” admits Newman, speaking for her generation.As the photographer roamed nearby Martinsburg and Lancaster, seeking communion by way of a medium-format Mamiya 645, she found willing subjects among the abstainers and the camera-shy.One woman with a calf-grazing hemline poses astride her road bike—gaze steady, posture self-assured.