Sunday, December 22, 2013

Vicars defrocked. Fears of jeans and hoodies in pulpit as Synod votes to decide if clergy's robes are surplice to requirements

Traditional robes could be voted out in bid to make services more modern
Vicars could wear whatever they deem appropriate under new rules
Conservatives warn changes would dilute the identity of the Church
Others welcome news describing 'power dressing' as a barrier

By Jonathan Petre
December 21, 2013

Peter Owen-Jones said he would wear this outfit for some services if his parishioners in East Sussex were happy with the rules

Never mind the cassocks - vicars could soon be conducting services in shell-suits, shorts or even football shirts under radical plans to overturn centuries of Church tradition.

Rules requiring the clergy to don traditional vestments are set to be swept aside as part of a 'makeover' designed to make services more relevant to modern congregations.

If the Church of England Synod approves the reforms, vicars could wear whatever they deem appropriate for all their services - including weddings, baptisms and funerals.

Although most are likely to favour smart jackets, some have indicated they would adopt a 'dress-down Sunday' approach.

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