ECW

ECW is “Episcopal Church Women” and it is simply that. Women in the Episcopal Church. Every Episcopal Church (that I know of) has this organization. Some might be more active than others. But, when speaking of our diocesan convention, I believe there was something my ECW failed to tell me before coming. ECW (the ladies, not the organization) have a specific dress code that I was not informed of. A dress code that I cannot endorse and want very little part of. The ECW dress code is SPORT COAT. Yes, that’s right. WAY over half of the ladies on Friday morning/afternoon sported the “Lady Blazer” look. It was uncanny. Female priests and lay women alike were snuggled up in their sport coats (and honestly, the building temperature warranted them) I was overwhelmed. I believe confirmation must include a secret confirming of a sport coat.

Our priest told us that in ancient times, in the beginning of the church new initiates were not allowed to know everything about Christianity. Some things were kept secret until baptism because it was too sensitive of information for just anyone to know. She was publically using this as a statement that people were drawn to the early church because of the ways in which the early Christians acted to each other and the world. Now, I see it was also a secret message to those ‘initiated’ (aka ‘confirmed’) in the Episcopal Church, prospective members of The Episcopal Church might be allowed at the Lord’s Table, but they are not allowed to know everything about the Church. The Lady’s Sport Coat is most definitely esoteric information.

And Now I’m in the Know. What’s the logical next step?

Posting my sneak ninja’d photographs for you?

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4 Responses to “ECW”

  1. Isaac Says:

    The obvious thing is to wear a thobe with a sportscoat… and then wear a jambyia AND cover the head. It would be the total Yemeni gender-bender.

    Were they wearing pants or skirts? It sounds a little odd to me, I almost expect them to wear ties too…

    Isaac

  2. dana Says:

    Well, the priests wear collars, obviously. The laity wore no ties. there was a mixture of pants and skirts.

    Women wearing belts? Haram! How the hell is the thobe/sport coat/jambia/headcover a yemeni gender-bender? that just sounds like a yemeni man!

  3. Isaac Says:

    I meant all that with hijab…

    Isaac

  4. dana Says:

    right, but it doesn’t negate the fact that yemeni men often wear keffiyas on their heads in their own form of headcovering. and anyway, i kinda wanted one of Scarlett’s “girl man dress”

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