A small Christian sect, also known as the Community of True Inspiration. It originated in Germany in 1714. A large part of the body sailed to America in 1842 and in 1855 settled at Amana, Iowa. Their settlements were organized on a communal basis until the Amana Society was converted into a modified joint stock company in 1932. The Amana Church Society, which then became a separate legal entity, in 2002 had 418 adult members.