Hutterite Life by John Andrew Hostetler

By John Andrew Hostetler

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Jacob Hutter of Tyrol joined the group and became its strongest leader. Three years later he was interrogated and burned at the stake. The group, named after him, has survived over four centuries of migrations and hostility, interspersed by brief periods of prosperity. Miraculously, the group has survivedby leaving strongly centralized states and seeking frontiers where rulers were willing to accept them as industrious farmers and tolerate their pacifism and separatism. Their search for religious freedom has taken them from Moravia (today Czechoslovakia) to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, the United States, and Canada.

Color documentary produced by RHB Productions. 1983. , Henderson, Neb. 68371. The Hutterites. Black and white educational film. National Film Board of Canada. Montreal, Quebec. 1962. 28 minutes.

A groom always brings his bride to his colony for the wedding, and for life. The marriage ceremony is typically performed at the close of a worship service. The couple sits in their usual places. After the sermon, the couple is asked to come forward to the preacher. There are no attendants. Following the marriage vows, the bride and groom take their former seats in the audience and file out with their peers. The bride and groom meet outside the building and proceed to the dining hall where a wedding meal awaits them.

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