5. Excommunication

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyiQxwqQAyg
  • Occurs when community rules are broken
  • Members who openly sin or go against rules must be removed from church to maintain purity of church and warn others of consequences
  • Excommunication and shunning also occur when a member of the Amish community leaves the church
  • The excommunicated members are excluded from all social and business activities
  • Those in the church who refuse to shun the excommunicated member may be excommunicated themselves
    • Members of the church can communicate with excommunicated members in certain situations:
      • Family gatherings
      • Husband and wife may still live together
  • Use excommunication as a last resort, do not want to hurt people
    • Try to convince person to repent first

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