It is Sunday in Zanesville, Ohio, and I am visiting a Mennonite community. I am welcomed politely, though cautiously. Do you want to join, they ask? We sit together in church. I'm quietly informed that this time is only between us and God. No photos allowed. Later, I’m invited for a Sunday meal. A gathering of generations, but again, no photos allowed.
The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptists, often mistaken for the Amish. They practice non-violence, believe in strong community and simplicity of life. Ohio is home to one of the largest Mennonite populations in the country. My time was spent in the southeastern towns of Zanesville, Logan and Carbon Hill. I was especially drawn to the young people and how religion seemed to permeate all aspects of their lives.