GAMBIER — Rural sustainability is woven into the Amish lifestyle, and David Kline, an Old Order Amish bishop, will share his perspective on the land and the community in a talk at Kenyon College on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Kline, a Holmes County farmer, author and the editor of Farming magazine, will discuss “An Amish Perspective on Rural Sustainability” at Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. Kline’s talk is part of Rural by Design, a weeklong series of public events at Kenyon exploring rural sustainability through dialogue, dance and music.
“The Amish in many ways chose a different path,” said Howard L. Sacks, professor of sociology and director of the Rural Life Center at Kenyon College. “They chose not to be modern. They chose to stay close to the land. They chose not to engage in endless consumption. And they chose very self-consciously to make decisions in such a way as to sustain their community spiritually, culturally, socially, economically and environmentally. They’re all about community sustainability.”
Kline “has an extraordinary way about him,” Sacks said. “He has an intimate sense of place. He will, in his books, talk about something extremely small and intimate, like the nesting pattern of a bird in a hayfield and his relationship to that bird at haying time. He will go from that to a grand, philosophical notion grounded in his sense of his relationship to the world. “
To learn more about the events, visit rurallife.kenyon.edu and call 740-427-5158. Rural by Design is made possible by the McGregor Fund of Detroit and is presented by the Kenyon College Rural Life Center with support from the Kenyon Center for Global Engagement, the Kenyon Center for the Study of American Democracy, and People Endorsing Agrarian Sustainability.
Published on April 1, 2013