From time to time, PeaceBang gets an e-mail or message from one of you with a link to an article about worshipers dressing too casually for church with a, “Have you seen THIS” tag on it.
And I respond, “Yes I have, and I’m just glad people are still ATTENDING worship and I personally don’t give a hooey WHAT they’re wearing!”
And it’s true. I do not.
Unless they’re ushering or taking part in a service, or in some way representing the church, they can come as they are and I am happy that they came at all. Bring me the little kids in mismatched Underoos with crazy stickin’ up bedhead. Bring me the joggers fresh from their morning run (it’s considerate if they’ve showered first) in Spandex. Bring me the gals in skimpy sundresses with all manner of bosom and thigh revealed. Bring me the surfer dudes fresh from the beach in floppy shorts, Tevas and fungus toes. I don’t care! They’re there and hooray for us and for them, and for God who keeps speaking in the soul as a desire to gather together to praise life and to strengthen ourselves for the work of being for more fully human!
THAT said, and I don’t care if I said it in a run-on sentence because after all this is Saturday and tomorrow is Sunday and you all know what that means: I’m just taking a break from church prep here and who has time to proofread? — THAT said, there was an article that made the rounds this week about casual church in general, and I was wondering if you saw that. Does anyone have the link?
It got me thinking about robing, which I still feel strongly is a good idea for me because I can’t think of any street clothes that work for my body and for leading worship. A suit: no. Separates with a stole over the whole works? No. Very bad. Dresses? I don’t wear them often because of my body type.
Simply put, there is no appropriate way to dress my curvy-swervy body that is streamlined, chic and neat enough to stand the PeaceBang Test of polished and professional. So while I think it is possible to lean into this “more casual church” trend cautiously, one must consider what really works on one’s own personal self.
Not a very exciting insight, but I wanted to open the conversation. If you’re not robing, what are you wearing? And how does it suit (pun intended) your context and your worship space? Also, would you be willing to share photos?
Goodnight, preacher darlings.