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Re: Simple Living, Simple Dress

I'm a bit unusual because I am a plain'dressed Anglican priest (in Canada). The Church of England has a long history of women in leadership and preaching offices even when they couldn't officially be ordained, so as a traditional woman, called to serve on the altar, I felt this is where I belonged.

BUT being plain creates some interesting situations. Do I cover while serving the altar (men don't)? Yes, I do, with a round velvet cap like a Jewish kippah. When I veil in church or on the street people call me "Sister" which is no insult - people still respect nuns but they wonder why I'm holding hands with a priest!! (My husband.)

The snide and critical comments from both men and women can be hurtful if I let them be...most are just curious and I am willing to explain that you don't have to be Anabaptist or Conservative Quaker to be Plain.

The prayer covering gets the most stares (with the possible exception of the black bonnet) but the boots - high plain and dark - get the most questions and comments! I think women love the boots. They are no-nonsense granny boots. They say "we're no frivolous footwear."

Again, sometimes the best thing to do is ignore the comments and stares. My husband will come to my defense when he feels called to do so, and most people just don't argue with him. he is a plaindressed Anglican priest but the black shirt and black pants don't get much notice unless he wears the Quaker hat at the same time.

Mother Magdalena


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