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Faith is more than what happens on Sunday mornings. It's a part of who we are, inside and out. At Amana Church Society, we believe in sharing the joy of the gospels daily, and living a life that embodies the spirit of Christ.
The Amana religion has its roots in the movement of Pietism and Mysticism which flourished in Germany in the early 1700s. All over northern Europe, people dissatisfied with the rituals and intellectualism of the Lutheran Church began to rebel and separate from the Church. These sects placed great emphasis on the personal religious experience of the believer. One such sect, the Community of True Inspiration, held the belief that God still worked and spoke through His followers as He did with the prophets of the Old Testament.
By the 1920s, influence of improved communications and transportation and, finally, the Great Depression made the isolated communal life socially and economically impossible. In 1932 the members of the Amana Society voted to abandon the communal system and incorporate their holdings into a profit-sharing corporation. This separated the economic aspect of the community from the church. The Amana Church Society continued to be the religious foundation of the community.