What’s the deal with coverings?

My mom wore a covering when I was young but since we were always in liberal churches that practice soon stopped.   I don’t know if the Mennonite Church evolved over time in its understanding of scripture or if it just became so liberal that it didn’t matter anymore.  I never dated a girl with a covering – I was always afraid that they were hiding something like a bald spot or premature gray hair.

The basis for the practice of coverings comes from the scripture:   I Corinthians 11:12-13  For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.   Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

There are many styles of coverings. I am certainly no expert but lets take a look at a few.  Maybe you will find one that you like.

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The is the full head covering with strings.   Women who wear these have a secret desire to ride motorcycles.

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The solid cloth version which is appropriate for colder climates and greasy hair days.

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I’m not familiar with this style.  They are either expandable or for days when an iron is not available.

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The basic doilie.  It is practical since it can be also used on an end table.

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The ghetto cover/hoody model for the urban Mennonites.  I’m not sure if they are accepted by the Bishop but they are used in many cities.

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I’m sorry but I don’t approve of this line.  They are an attempt to wear a covering but be modern and fashionable at the same time.  It doesn’t really work as a head covering and it is not fashionable either.

Finally, This is the basic covering.  It was my mom’s model.  No strings, lace or anything frilly.   If it was a car, it would be a 4 door Chevy.  Very practical and appropriate.

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