The parson wore bands

Hubby and I put aside our plans to attend services today at Washington Ethical Society — we’ve attended off-beat services for Easter the last two years, but it’s really not convenient to get there from where we live — for solid, well-put-together Presbyterianism. We had gone to Georgetown Presbyterian Church last year (the Spiritualists were in the afternoon) and liked it. They have a new minister, Camile Cook, this year, whose 2010 Easter service in London is reviewed here.

Yes: she wore gown, bands and hood — thus the relevance for this blog — plus white stole.  A good service.

And Happy Easter to you.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. [This was inadvertently posted on the wrong blog entry — apologies, and feel free to delete the errant comment.]

    I trust you’ve been to 4th Pres in Chicago — they use those [Bands] there, too… If you haven’t been, try to visit when you’re in the Midwest. Beautiful, high-church experience combined with progressive in theology and social witness.

  2. There appears to be some renewed interest among Reformed types in the wearing of collar and bands. I’ve made it a custom for years to wear them on special occasions — church anniversaries, ordinations, installations, Baccalaureate.

    Wallace Robbins, famously of First Unitarian in Worcester, always wore collar and bands on Sunday.

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