Here’s an interesting question from a sweetie headed guy of the cloth!
Hello, PeaceBang! I appreciate your blog so much; when I made the transition from youth pastor to senior minister, I was convicted by your comments, and purchased an entirely new wardrobe for ministry. I appreciate your help in presenting a more professional presence, thus freeing me up to do the work of the ministry. [You are so welcome, E! How nice of you to tell me this! - PB]
My question is this: I’m a bald man, and often wear a fedora to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But the fedoras I own don\’t look ”right” with liturgical garb (for when I’m doing a graveside service, for example).
Are there any suggestions for a Protestant minister’s headwear that will look in keeping with ministry, but not let my head freeze?
Thanks again for all your insights!
What a great question, E! And I have absolutely no idea! I’m actually sitting here trying to remember if I’ve ever seen a Protestant minister in a hat at a graveside service and I can’t remember any time. It may be that the instinct is to uncover the head as though one is in church, which feels right to me, but must the clergy risk pneumonia in order to cut a respectful figure? I always wear a hat in cold weather and it really is tricky choosing one that is generic and formal enough not to distract.
So what are your options?
Seriously, I do think a kind of modified Galero might be appropriate in some ministry settings but probably not yours, although I don’t know where you live.
How about the Full Zwingli? Now there’s a shout-out to your Protestant origins!
This little cap is worn by married Coptic priests. See what Google can do for you?
But really, I’d love to open the conversation to our other male readers who have heads and who live in cold climates. What do you fellas wear, and is a formal fedora totally out of the question? It reads as far too businessy to me, while this English cap feels like it could be fine for a country pastor in a woold overcoat, worn with clericals.
What do you say, cookies? I don’t think I’m helping our querent very much, as he specified that he is dressed in liturgical garb, and I am thinking of the many ministers I know in low church traditions who wear a suit and clericals to a graveside service.