Op-Ed

Forgiving is Woven into Life of Amish
Donald B. Kraybill  •  Philadelphia Inquirer •  October 8, 2006

“The blood was hardly dry on the bare, board floor of the West Nickel Mines School when Amish parents sent words of forgiveness to the family of the killer who had executed their children…” [read more]


In God They Trust
David Weaver-Zercher  •  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette •  October 8, 2006

“The Amish are not a quaint artifact of our supposedly innocent past, but a radical counterculture that embraces Jesus’ command to forgive others, even those who would kill their children…” [read more]


Amish Grace and the Rest of Us
David Weaver-Zercher  •  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette •  September 30, 2007

“One year ago Tuesday, the words Nickel Mines became part of the nation’s vocabulary…” [read more]


Amish Grief and the Rest of Us
Steven M. Nolt  •  Indianapolis Star •  October 4, 2007

“Despite what some outsiders may have thought, Amish parents grieved their children’s  deaths as deeply as non-Amish parents do. Yet their grief had a particularly Amish flavor…” [read more]


Amish Forgiveness on the Scales of Justice
Donald B. Kraybill  •  Philadelphia Inquirer •  September 30, 2007

“The remarkable story of Amish forgiveness that followed the schoolhouse shooting on October 2, 2006, evoked many responses. Some pundits lauded the Amish for having the courage to forgive the killer, Charles Carl Roberts IV, within hours of the massacre. Others raised questions…” [read more]


Forgiveness and Shunning
Donald B. Kraybill  •  Cleveland Plain Dealer •  October 2, 2007

“How can the forgiving Amish be so judgmental of their own people? I probed that question in dozens of interviews with Amish people since the schoolhouse shootings…” [read more]


Grace and Reconciliation
Donald B. Kraybill & David Weaver-Zercher  •  Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot •  September 30, 2007

“Last October’s execution-­style shooting of ten Amish girls in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania shocked a nation that has largely grown numb to violence. Almost as stunning was the Amish response to the horror: swift forgiveness before sunset on that crystal ­clear day. This quick extension of forgiveness brought significant attention—and high praise—to the Nickel Mines Amish community, but it also raised hard questions…” [read more]


Upside-Down Forgiveness
Donald B. Kraybill  •  Christian Science Monitor •  October 2, 2007

“Within days of the massacre, hundreds of news accounts reported that the Amish had forgiven the killer and his family. News of the instant forgiveness stunned the outside world. Many pundits lauded the Amish but others worried that hasty forgiveness was emotionally unhealthy. What the news stories did not explain was why the Amish forgave. In dozens of interviews with Amish people after the tragedy, I discovered that Amish forgiveness is upside-down in many ways…” [read more]


The Amish Remind Us All that Forgiveness is Possible
Steven M. Nolt  •  South Bend (Ind.) Tribune •  October 10, 2007

“The peaceful Amish world of Nickel Mines, Pa., was shattered one year ago today…. Within hours of the slaughter, the Amish expressed their forgiveness of the killer. Surprise soon gave way to skepticism. Was such forgiveness possible? Had the Amish really forgiven their children’s killer?” [read more]


Violence against Women Undergirds Amish Massacre
David Weaver-Zercher  •  Buffalo (N.Y.) News •  September 25, 2007

“A year has passed since the horrific shooting of 10 Amish girls in their Lancaster County, Pa., school. In the weeks that followed, people around the world expressed great sympathy for the Amish community in Nickel Mines, and many lauded their quick extension of forgiveness to the shooter…. The forgiveness story is astounding and deserving of our attention. But there’s another story that must precede it if we are to remember the Nickel Mines shooting in a way that truly honors the victims, their families and the act of forgiveness: the violence story…” [read more]


Why the Amish Forgave a Killer
David Weaver-Zercher  •  Washington Post •  October 2, 2007

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the West Nickel Mines Amish school shooting. People around the world were stunned by the execution-style slaying of five Amish girls, and perhaps even more stunned by the Amish response to it: forgiveness, extended to the gunman’s family within hours…” [read more]


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