A thought-provoking look at Hutterite community life from the early 60s. I wondered about the gender segregation at meals, then noticed the prayers before and after. Could it be that, as the literal fruit of their labour, mealtimes are acts of worship?

Comparing the first clip to this documentary made 50 years later, I was struck by the different tone. Some hard-nosed questions from Lynn Alleway, to be sure, and I question her ethics iro the runaway.

Perhaps the observation most troubling to me was their rationale for this way of life – at least one person implied it was the ‘way’ to the Kingdom. Is that really the raison d être? The challenge about journey versus destination is explored in the interesting case below…