It is Sunday in Zanesville, Ohio, and I am visiting a Mennonite community. "Do you want to join?" someone politely asks me.
As we sit together in church, I'm quietly informed that this time is between us and God. No photos allowed. Later, I’m invited for a Sunday meal. A large gathering of extended family. No photos allowed.
The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptists, often mistaken for the Amish. They practice non-violence, believe in strong community and simplicity of life. Ohio is home to one of the largest Mennonite populations in the country. My time was spent in the southeastern towns of Zanesville, Logan and Carbon Hill.
I photographed sparingly. Because I worked slowly, some gradually felt comfortable to let me into the rhythm of their lives-- at home, church, school, work, sofitball games and picnics. I was especially drawn to the children and how religion seemed to permeate all aspects of their lives.