published on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 by admin
In a commentary for the Martin Marty Center's Sightings, Courtney Wilder offers an excellent analysis of a resource we at the Clergy Health Initiative have been following for some time: Beauty Tips for Ministers.
Rev. Victoria Weinstein, the Harvard-educated pastor of First Parish Unitarian Church in Norwell, Mass., started this blog on the belief that “if clergypeople believe that religious life is vital, relevant and beautiful, they should look the part.”
We couldn’t agree more. While chock-full of salient advice on how to navigate trends and potential beauty pitfalls, the blog’s true value stems from its ability to elevate women within the context of their profession. As Wilder aptly notes:
...[W]hat separates Weinstein’s approach from secular guides to professional dress are first, her ability to exercise pastoral care in guiding her readers, and second, her clear conviction that having (and dressing) a female body does not interfere with a pastor’s vocation. Indeed, Weinstein argues that for female clergy dressing one’s body ought to reflect both affirmation of one’s gender and acknowledgement of the leadership role of clergy within the community. She identifies the tendency of some female clergy to efface their gender and/or sexuality in their professional attire and argues that this approach does no one any favors; instead, she advocates for a model of religious womanhood that is frankly feminine, and simultaneously highly professional and even sartorially conservative.
Check it out for a dose of pointed advice delivered with a hug.
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