An Amish Rite of Solidarity ty

Fri, 1 Sep 1995 16:41:27 CDT

Rich Warms requests a recent example of a rite of solidarity. One I
like is the Old Order Amish communion service, in which being on good
terms with *everyone* in the whole congregation is an explicit
prerequisite for receiving communion (served by the Bishop). This is
also present, though I think less pronounced, among less distinctive
related groups such as the Mennonites. The solidarity function, in this
example, is almost what Merton would term "manifest" rather than
"latent"; I would hesitate to go quite so far, however, because the
major manifest functions are commemorating Christ's death and
resurrection, and preserving peace in the congregation; emically,
solidarity as such is not a value. --Bob Graber