On Easter morning, an Old Order Mennonite friend invited me to worship with the horse-and-buggy Groffdale Mennonite Conference. But I did not need to travel to an Old Order meetinghouse. I simply dialed the phone number my friend gave me, and there I was, listening in. This unusual service was the result of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for social distancing due to COVID-19.
Two of the most traditional Anabaptist groups — Old Order Amish and Old Colony Mennonites — were only vaguely aware of each other 24 years ago. Since then, they’ve built a relationship of trust based on a common interest in education that preserves separation from the world.