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Dunkers Anyone?

No, this isn't a blog recipe about a doughnut recipe. The kind of Dunker I am referring to is a less familiar group of "Plain People" to many than the Amish or Mennonites, but they are no less interesting a group. The formal name for this church is the " Old Church of the Brethren" or "German Baptist." The term "Dunker", which is widely used, used to have negative connotations, but seems to have shed those through the years. The term "Dunker" refers to the church's practice of "triple full body baptismal immersion" often, originally, in creeks or rivers. Outwardly, the German Baptists resemble the Amish. They dress plainly: women wear white head coverings and men wear simple clothing and long, trimmed beards. The similarities, though, largely end at appearance. Unlike the Amish, the Dunkers have a formal church building (often called a meeting-house) and embrace modern technology. German Baptists drive cars (often black or gray colored), have telephones and radio. Many of them do not have television, preferring radio and print media (US News & World Report seems to be a favorite). The Dunkers live primarily in Ohio and Indiana. There are also churches, though, in Quinter, Kansas and near Modesto, California. I find the Dunkers to be a fascinating blend of old and new and would love to hear other peoples experiences with them. Below is a good website from which to learn more about the Dunkers.


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