Wednesday, September 05, 2007

For Montana Sect, Cellphones Send Mixed Message

Interesting contrast showing the problems modern technology can bring to a closed cultural group:

Elsie Wipf lives a simple life, picking vegetables, sewing clothes for her brothers and sisters and butchering chickens. She also goes to church every day and knits slippers in her spare time.

That is, when she isn't sending her friends text messages, like "btw how r u 2 day."

The 35-year-old Ms. Wipf, who got her first cellphone three months ago, is a Hutterite. The roughly 49,000 members of the Anabaptist Christian group, living in colonies in the northern U.S. plains and in Canada, are related to the Amish. They strive to live lives built on faith and family. They grow their own food, make their own clothes and shun many practices of the outside world. Read More.

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