Lifestyles of Faith – Past and Present in Lancaster County
Learn the story of the religious communities of Lancaster County, where you’ll visit historic homes, hear engaging lectures and speak with members of an Old Order Amish family.
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Program No. 20538RJ
6 days
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Unique, religious communities make up the heritage of Lancaster County, Pa. — experience their ways of life as local experts lead you on an exploration of Amish, Mennonite, Moravian and Quaker traditions. Learn about Mennonite history as you pay a visit to the 1719 Hans Herr House, and delve into the stories of the Ephrata Cloisters during an expert-led exploration of their community. Visit a business run by an Old Order Amish family, and take in lectures on Quaker and Native American faiths.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to a half-mile on uneven terrain, some stairs; frequent on and off bus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about one of America’s oldest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister, which was founded in 1732 by German settlers.
  • Explore the charming city of Lancaster as you walk through its Central Market.
  • Visit the 1719 Hans Herr House, the oldest still-standing Mennonite home in the U.S.
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Brinton Rutherford
Brinton Rutherford grew up in northern Lancaster County. He currently works as a resource staff person for Lancaster Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. His prior work includes five years as the director the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. With an earned doctorate in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, he also teaches theology and church history at the Lancaster campus of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University, and at Messiah College.
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