Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
These days it can be hard to tell the difference. (Between a clown & a chaplain that is.)
Maybe those aren't balloons... maybe they're some sort of symbol of life... ....Umm, yeah. Let's stick with balloons. That's bad enough.
I think this is the only vestment on this website that I've seen with an actual Christian symbol on it - the dove. Maybe this one is for the chaplain for Ringling Bros.
Actually, that is a great vestment for much of tody's theology.Pump up the church with helium so that we might ascend higher and higher.Ri-dic-u-lousThey had a 50/50 shot at getting the dove to point in the right direction..and they lucked out.
Indeed, the Spirit in the form of a dove descends upon the Church. And the stole is even the right color!OTOH, balloons of celebration rise to heaven. Quite appropriate for most modern Christian denominations. Oh, for the days when prayers and incense ascended on high.
This was my first stole. I had it given to me at my ordination. I love it. Loved it so much I used the symbol of the dove and balloons for my wedding.I also had a clown at my wedding. Remember clown ministry?Just not seeing this as bad vestments...
Who made you the vestment god? While I wouldn't defend many of the vestments on your blog, especially since I'm not a fan of chasubles, I would say that this blog reminds me of the Republicans Party: good at criticizing but not so good at offering good alternatives. Where are the vestments that you have designed and offered to others as alternatives to those you don't like?
Today your site was featured on Beauty Tips for Ministers...and I for one think your blog is hilarious! Keep up the good work! But all I have to say is...cue the humorless liberal feminist blogger response. Sincerely, A feminist blogger with a *sense of humor*
Joelle, your blog is really harsh. This site just happened to suggest your stole is funny. Your blog happens to suggest that the people who run this site are hateful. Now tell me, in whose "ass" does the stick seem to be stuck up?
Interesting that the people who make these enlightening comments choose to be "anonymous." very courageous of you.
The first thing I teach my students is "the liturgy is not about you." If you are wearing vestments that are a personal expression of your theology or your opinion or your theological position on anything, you've missed the point. If it has anything to say except that you are a servant of the people of God, you've missed the point. If it is designed to be a unique expression of your personal theological position, you've missed the point. If it reflects some portion of your past or life or history or whatever, you've missed the point. The whole point of vestments is that you, the individual, become invisible and secondary to the office which you are fulfilling; to be servorum servei dei ; servant of the servants of God. It is not art for artistic sake. If there is more than one person participating in the liturgy the vestments should all match. A reserved soberness is essential. Vestments that are a political statement (such as those abhorrent South American woven stoles) or a political statement are unacceptable. Protestant or Catholic does not matter; each tradition has appropriate and inappropriate vestments.
Under certain circumstancs, this stole might be appropriate. But only under those circumstances.This reminds me of some of the things I would see at a Cursillor Clausura Eucahrist. It would not (in my view) be appropriate for regular use in day-to-day services.
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