Amish

Rumspringa Amish running around

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Rumspringa ("running around") is the Amish term for adolescence and the period leading up to serious courtship during which rules may be relaxed a little. As in non-Amish families, it is understood as a practical matter that there will likely be a certain amount of misbehavior during this period, but it is neither encouraged nor overlooked.

At the end of this period, Amish young adults are expected to find a spouse and be baptized. But in accordance with Anabaptist doctrine, this must be a free and personal decision. At this point, some young people choose not to join the church and instead live the rest of their lives in a different community or wider society.

If a young man joins a Mennonite church or other less exacting religion, the Amish will often say “he got his hair cut.” If a young person abandons the faith altogether, they say that person “went English.”

Some communities will actively shun those who decide to leave the community, even those going to a different Amish congregation. Still other communities practice hardly any shunning, keeping close family and social contact with those who leave.

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Title Rumspringa
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Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
URL religionfacts.com/rumspringa
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MLA Citation “Rumspringa.” ReligionFacts.com. 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021. <religionfacts.com/rumspringa>