Come learn more about how to better work with Amish and Mennonite communities

May 13, 2019

Come learn more about how to better work with Amish and Mennonite communities

Two conferences are being planned in Millersburg, Ohio, on August 1 and August 2.

August 1 is the biennial Amish Health Conference, which is focused on those who serve the Amish in health-related capacities.

Learn more here http://appalcare.org/2019-conference/

August 2 is the Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA) Conference
Theme: “Theory and Practice in Amish-Focused Work”

What can I expect to get out of attending the APASA Conference?

(1) Gain awareness of important trends in Amish population and occupation changes, which can influence the nature of your service work

(2) Meet others who work with the Amish and Mennonites in a variety of services (e.g., social work, agriculture, conservation, education, tourism, health, governance, and others), as well as scholars who can share new perspectives and data pertaining to your outreach work.

(3) There will be a special panel on agriculture, featuring individuals who work with Amish and Mennonite in the areas of livestock, produce, and farm safety. Panel members will share their experiences successfully working with the Amish in various contexts, and will also discuss how to best support those who work with the Amish in the future.

(4) Learn about service-specific topics from a variety of presentations and panelists, including:

  • An examination of legal and public relations challenges with the “Plain people”
  • Discussion of opportunities and challenges in agriculture and conservation when working with this diverse group of producers

(5) Learn more about the Amish and plain Anabaptist faith and culture, in particular:

  • Religious challenges and questions “plain people” face in this age
  • The importance of the community versus individual needs for the Amish
  • The intersection of religion, spirituality, and health
  • The extent to which we can view the Amish as an “underserved” minority?

Learn more here:
http://www.amishstudies.org/MiniConference.html

Questions on the agriculture panel; Contact Caroline Brock brockcc@missouri.edu

Questions on the APASA conference overall, contact Cory Anderson Cory Anderson cory@beachyam.org

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