Thursday, July 13, 2006

I've never thought of that!

Okay. Somebody is going to have to explain this to me. It's probably total cultural ignorance on my part--and I'm ready to be educated.

11 comments:

cheesehead said...

I've got nuthin'.

Sue said...

Ummmmm.........ya. I wonder what Peacebang would have to say about this.

Quotidian Grace said...

Must be the clergy's answer to the Southern Belle penchant for tiaras.

Looks like a nurse's cap to me.

peripateticpolarbear said...

ooh!ooh! pick me! pick me! I live in a predominantly African American neighborhood!

The few African American women who are pastors in the traditionally African American denominations wear white robes every sunday with white hats---cause you know you can preach the word but there'll be none of that vain hair showing thing going on. And most of the Deaconesses also wear all white--stockings, hat and all, every Sunday---usually beautiful suits.

I wanted a hat so's I didn't have to wash my hair.

revabi said...

uh what peripatheticpolarbear said. It is right and good to wear one of those especially if African American Female Clergy.

Sue said...

I'm with QG -- it has nurse's cap written all over it.

I would have a hard time covering up my hair for worship. I have a lot of hair, and it's thick, and frankly, I spend a king's ransom getting it to look good. And I should cover it up? I think not.

Teri said...

I'm with sue. I love my hair!

However, the "crown" idea might have some merit...something shiny and tasteful...ooh, or like Lucy's crown in the Narnia movie...or there's some really humongous "how could you ever wear that" crowns in the Coptic Museum here--from the middle-eastern-kingdoms-of-a-long-time-ago...maybe it would lend us some credibility with the "where's the pastor?" brigade.

SpookyRach said...

If you are gonna call your cap a crown, you totally have to put something sparkly on it. Them's the rules.

Purechristianithink said...

PPB and Abi--I figured it must be something like that, but didn't want to leap to conclusions without first-hand knowledge. And I'm with Teri and Rach: if a hat is required, make it a hat worth wearing: even if it has to be white, does it have to be a nurse cap/faux chess queen affair?

hipastorzwife2B said...

The woman in the photo reminds me of a book. "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats" by Cunningham (2000). It was exactly that but included a one page essay about the woman and what she felt about her special church hat. You could probably find it at your library.

nancy said...

I'm not hat wearing kind of gal- (my head is too big, or shaped wrong, or something) but I did go to this GREAT store in North Decatur mall that caters to African American Church women- I mean, these were some SEROIS suits! hats, shoes to match- you name it, you could get it there. I bought a suit for my interviews for my pastoral internship placement (my previous life left me nothing but bleach stained clothes form working with- and disinfecting- small children) I LOVED that suit- and then I got home, and read a report from the Open Door Community ( ashelter.advocacy/justice ministry in Atlanta) and was awake most of the night, feeling guilty because I had spent money on a suit (and it was a reasonably priced women's suit, mind you, much cheaper than the ones in Macy's) and theer were homeless people that night going without a bed or food....