Mennonites and dating

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Among the Old Colony and Holdeman Mennonites a form of matchmaking continues.

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Historically, Mennonites were forbidden to marry non-Mennonites and, in some cases, members of other Mennonite groups.Among all these groups the marriage ceremony is taken as seriously as baptism and is a ritual centered in the congregation and performed by church elders or pastors.The Swiss Mennonites, unlike those descended from the Netherlandish wing, have historically conducted the marriage ritual in the home.The rules of the Frisian Mennonites prescribed that young men and women should not associate too freely.Among the Swiss Anabaptists in the Vosges mountain region of Alsace the wooing of the bride was carried on according to the most literal interpretation of Gen. The deacon known as the Schteecklimann" took the place of the servant who was sent out to win a wife for Isaac.

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