We Are Hutterites

Written by: Paul Wipf on Monday, January 14th, 2013

Reprinted and posted with permission.Written by Madelin Hofer.


We are Hutterites
We live in colonies. We are scattered across the prairies of Canada and the United States. We are Anabaptist. We are farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.


Our faith is so entwined in what we do and who we are, it is impossible to separate the two.

We are an interesting mixture of Austrian, German, descent and culture, wit....

THE FOUNDATION OF RESPECT AND DISCIPLINE

Written by: Paul Wipf on Thursday, November 1st, 2012

(The following article is rather interesting and thought provoking, it is based on remarks presented by an Amish Minister, a former teacher, at the fourth annual Indiana Amish parochial teachers’ class held in Parke County, Indiana, on July 13, 2000.)

INTRODUCTION

Though most teachers’ dream-come-true would be a classroom filled with respectful, well disciplined students, who are eagerly responsive to their teacher’s leading, there is a wide ....

HUTTERITES DEFY GAG ORDER AND DEMAND JUSTICE FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Written by: Paul Wipf on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

August 7, 2012       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HUTTERITES DEFY GAG ORDER AND DEMAND JUSTICE FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The Hutterites of King Ranch Colony in Montana, who were featured in the National Geographic Channel’s recent series, Meet The Hutterites, are speaking publicly for the first time despite a legal attempt by the show’s producer to prevent them from talking openly about the controversial television production.


Jeff Collins, the execut....

Response from John L. Ruth, a leading historian and author.

Written by: Paul Wipf on Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Last week, alerted by both Mennonite and Hutterite friends, I viewed two episodes of National Geographic’s currently running television series on the Hutterites.  While finding it humorously entertaining, I didn't know whether to laugh or scoff.

I understand this is in the recently evolved mode of  "reality TV," a genre of entertainment.  But what kind of “reality” can be expected from producers choosing a dysfunctional colony by which to present what they call "the very first glimpse inside" Hutterite life?

Actually, an hour-lon....

“Life in a Hutterite Colony” by Donald W. Huffman

Written by: Paul Wipf on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

DONALD W. HUFFMAN

ABSTRACT. In this study of the Hutterites, an Anabaptist Protestant sect tracing its roots to 1528, an attempt is made to discover the qualities that have enabled their colonies to survive and thrive in North America. It is found that the Hutterite beliefs of community of goods and self-surrender to the will of God are central factors which explain their long-term survival and the high degree of social cohesion they have achieved. The incentive to work for the common good, which has enabled them to remain economically viabl....
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