Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christian Head Coverings in Scripture

Welcome to a Small Piece of "MY HEAVENLY HOME!!" blog writes: "Head Coverings...Again"

Very thorough study of 1 Corinthains 11 and the Christian woman's headcovering, using many other Scripture texts and reasonings in her reading of this passage. Her introduction:

To the modern Christian, as we study the issue of head coverings, might respond that it's "archaic" or "of the first century." However, it's in the Scriptures, and is taught to those true believers of the common faith of our Yahushua Ha Mashiach. As always we truly want to be sound, accurate, and comprehensive in our research of this neglected topic. Most of us when reading 1 Corinthians 11 have accustomed ourselves to pass over this section with no thought as to its relevance for us today. However, I would like to lay down some undeniable facts on this topic before we begin.

Fact #1

- It's in the Holy Scriptures, whether it was for the first century or not, it's there and must be addressed.

Fact #2

- If we single this topic out with the acceptation of it being only for the primitive Church does that give us the license to do that with other genre of Scriptures?

Fact #3

- Seeing it's the work of the adversary to rob (Matthew 13:19; John 10:10) and deceive (Matthew 24:24; Revelation 20:3,8) is it not logical that he attempts to deceive the gullible in this topic also?

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Hijab Controversy

"The hijab controversy" from the blog: Creating My Own Identity

Here, from the blog entry:

What I want to know is, why has “believing that hijab is a religious obligation” become offensive to so many people? Why are people offended by the hijab? Logically, people should view women wearing hijab as something inspirational because it represents modesty, which is preached by basically every religion. Ironically, these days it is offensive to even encourage modesty.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all have declared that head covering is a religious obligation. If you really want to find the truth in what I’m saying just look it up. Some people will say that this was in the past. Can someone please tell me, since when are people allowed to alter religious beliefs.

Some discussion follows, concerning modesty and choice.

Sikh Headcovering Discrimination

"Sikh Acts Against Alleged Discrimination"

When first-year medical student Sanjam Singh Samagh was questioned about his ID while trying to enter the Pierce Street Annex in Costa Mesa, it was not about his age, but rather because his profile picture showed him wearing a turban.
Samagh, a Sikh who wears a turban for religious reasons, is now working with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund to take action against the Pierce Street Annex and the UCI Medical Department is officially boycotting the club.
Samagh arrived at the Pierce Street Annex to attend a fellow medical student’s birthday celebration. With a group of about 20 already waiting for his arrival, Samagh stood in line with several friends to get into the bar, which has a strict ‘no-hat’ policy. Samagh gave the bouncer his ID which pictured him with a turban, and after looking at it closely, the bouncer asked if the turban had religious significance.
After explaining that it did, the bouncer said he would have to check with the owner, Douglas Adsit, before allowing him to enter the bar. Once Adsit came out, he explained to Samagh that the bar had a ‘no-headgear’ policy and could not let him in.
‘By this time, all my friends inside the bar were wondering where I was so they came out to speak to the owner on my behalf,’ Samagh said.
After about 15 minutes, Adsit, who did not return the New University’s request for comment on the incident, allegedly told Samagh that ‘people with headgear cause problems’ and he couldn’t make an exception. After hearing this, Samagh and his group of friends left the bar to celebrate elsewhere.
Samagh’s first reaction was shock: ‘I was insulted, and couldn’t believe it happened, especially in a place like California where people seem to be pretty well-educated.’
He said he finds it unfair that Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and others are targeted just because they choose to wear religious head coverings.

Full story continues at linked title above.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pink Hijab Day - October 28

About Pink Hijab Day, from the official website:

Pink Hijab Day is intended to shatter stereotypes of Muslim women, as well as raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. All over the world, Muslims participated by wearing pink hijabs, pink ribbons, and donating to breast cancer foundations.

I want to thank everyone who participated in previous years. We hope this project will grow stronger every year. The event takes place the last Wednesday of every October. This year's event is scheduled for October 28, 2009.

In the United States, donations are being collected at www.info-komen.org/goto/pinkhijabs . To see how you can donate in your area, click the link to the left "In Your Neighborhood."

Pink Hijab Day is an independent project.

Hey, I think all of us can probably find a pink headscarf...

See also the official facebook page for Pink Hijab Day

Another Decision to Cover, and a Blog

I recently came across the blog, "Hidden Glory", and I want to share her blog with my readers.

"How I came to believe we are to cover our heads in church" is a good article to begin with. Also click to see her other entries and links, which can provide you with more to help in your own research and encouragement.

Catholic Forum "Headcovering Clubhouse"

On October 19, a new forum thread appeared in the Catholic Answers Forums, "Headcovering Women's Clubhouse", by CaterinaTherese, with this opening:
I have seen a number of threads with some very wonderful women who share a common call for covering their heads either in Mass or full time. This is a place for us to share covering methods, discuss our calls to this devotion, discuss modesty, pray for each other, etc. I'd like this to be a relaxed environment where we can be ourselves and enjoy a little fellowship with other women.
There are 3 pages of responses, sharing personal experiences, modest dress styles, and other things. For those who are interested, check it out.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Snoods and Turbans

Here I am, copying and pasting an entire article:

"Snoods - new fashion drives clothes sales"

"The Daily Mail City team looks at how the snood - a cross between a scarf and a hood - is driving sales... " This article in "thisismoney.co.uk" is not about the hair covering snood that is worn as a kind of pocket for your hair attached to a headband of sorts.

A snood is a cross between a scarf and a hood. A tubular item, it looks rather like a balaclava without the face hole.

Traditionally favoured by women trying to protect long hair, a snood can be pulled over the head like a hood, or pushed down around the neck like a scarf that can't come undone.

A throwback to the '80s?

Snoods were rather popular among teenagers of 20 years ago. In garish pink or bright jade, they made sure the wearer was always visible after dark, even if they didn't flatter the skin tone.

But snoods are actually far older than this. The word was widely used in the Middle Ages for cloth or net head coverings.

Crocheted snoods were popular in the 1940s and '50s to keep women's hair in place while they went about their work.

Snoods are also popular with Orthodox Jewish women.

And now?

Snoods are making a comeback, albeit on a far grander scale. Luxury goods group Burberry says bumper turnover of snoods and leather handbags is driving sales. But its 'pull on scarves' are nothing like the £5 snoods found on market stalls in the 1980s.

The Burberry Snood

These luxury wool and cashmere items, complete with trademark Burberry check [link to Burberry], go for £175 a pop. If you are short of cash, just knit a short fat scarf and sew the two ends together.

Don't you just love the "how-to" there at the end?


And speaking of how to make a headcovering of sorts:

"Craft project: T-shirt turban for women"

"Milliner Mary Jane Baxter explains how to make a fantastic retro turban to give your outfit a vintage feel."

Thanks to Lucy for this link!

TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS "Headscarf borders"


Interesting article.

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For another article on "the hijab debate" see this editorial study with many links, written by InvestigativeProject.org, in the "Right Side News": "Hijab Debate Intensifies".

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christian Women Head Covering

Some miscellaneous information and discussion for Christian women and head coverings from the previous week or so....

~ Re: Headcovering Outside Mass - a continuing discussion in the Catholic Answers Forum, so there are many personal thoughts and experiences shared.

~ Head Covering Issue - Someone has posted an essay file online at Scribd, which appears to be a study from the Authentic Ministry Opportunity, on understanding 1 Corinthians 11.

~ Head Covering Trials! - personal experience and trial in learning to wear a head covering on campus, even including a new style she's trying out.

~ Headcovering Store: Halo-Works - Catholic Hijabi has posted a link to an online store which provides women's headcoverings like lace mantillas, and her first commenter has posted a link to a how-to on making your own similar headcoverings.

~ It's On My To-Do List: You say, "Mantilla..." I say, "Mantilla..." - a good personal sharing and study

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Announcement, Re "Men in Church Hats"

I have been contacted by the author whom I referenced in the article: "Men in Church Hats", from March 2009. His book is now available for sale. See "Kopfbedeckungen in Religion, Glaube und Spiritualit├Ąt", his Deutch/German website. The photos alone are worth a look.

Following is the information that I was provided by email:

. . . "I have build up a contact to

Angelus Media Distribution Group
200 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Phone: 888-222-AMDG (2634)
E-mail: info@angelusmedia.com

"This company intends to order some books from the publisher so that Americans and Canadians can order it from Angelus Media Distribution Group. They will will have it in stock. I suppose that pre-orders are possible as well.

"The book is a real treasure-chest and rich source for all hat-aficionados, hat-lovers, modists and of course all people related to ecclesiastical and clerical outfits. A lot of diocese libraries are ordering the book as well."

Best wishes, Dieter!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Another headcovering sect ~ Russian Orthodox Old Believers"

Click to this Lady's blog for the video, which is accompanied by a capella singers - beautiful.

On A Quest For Plain Living: Another headcovering sect ~ Russian Orthodox Old Believers

See this page for more about Old Believers

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Thanks to Lucy who sent this link to photo of an old fashioned head covering in Japan: "hijab-in-pre-war-japan"

The symbolic head covering view

Some folks really don't see the use of physical symbols for spiritual things. In that case, find online those who have studied the issue of headcovering and focus on just the figurative meaning of the outward sign. This forum thread is not at odds with physical veils and coverings for Christian women, and so is polite and sincerely written and a help for Christian marriages. The focus rather is on what could be meant if the "covering" that is talked about in 1 Corinthians 11 is only a symbolic or metaphoric one.

"Head Coverings" - at ChristianMom.com forums

Monday, October 5, 2009

Performance: Beneath the Veil Oct 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Performance: Beneath the Veil Oct 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM
At The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

"This powerful production gives a rare glimpse behind the traditional veil worn by millions of women in the Middle East and around the world. Critically acclaimed in New York and Los Angeles, the thought-provoking work by internationally award-winning actress/activist Mary Apick tells stunning stories that expose the systematic and often violent oppression of women and children in parts of the Middle East."
I haven't heard any reviews, though it is said to be "critically acclaimed". This is just a note to make aware.

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About ThoseHeadcoverings: The Blog

Dear Readers, I want to remind you to read the "disclaimer" notice posted just below the blog title above. This blog was created as part of my own personal study into the idea that headcovering by women is not a cultural or time-limited tradition, but that it somehow transcends culture, time, religion and tradition. Women who are very different, for different reasons, choose all by themselves to put something on their head. Sometimes it is due to their having studied Scriptures and coming to a prayerful understanding that wearing a head cover pleases their Creator. Sometimes they choose to cover to stand up for a particular way of understanding of who their Creator is. Sometimes they cover their hair out of a desire to be modest or less distracting. Sometimes they indicate by style or amount of material who they are, or at least the group to whom they belong. Sometimes it's fashion. Sometimes it is a substitute for natural hair. Even growing long hair seems somehow a part of the whole "women in head coverings" phenomenon.

And, alas, some people who write about head coverings are not religious and may write something that is hurtful to those who are living a spiritual lifestyle. Other writers are very devoted to faith as they understand spiritual things, and may write something that is hurtful to someone who does not believe as they do. I am sad that a person's faith gets attacked by others, but we should know that it will happen. Please, do not be surprised when you come across someone with different beliefs, or attitudes, or life styles, who ALSO chooses to cover . . . or that I choose to share their reasoning with you here or by link. This blog is not to condemn or to condone anyone, but merely to help us all to open our eyes to the fact that We Are Not Alone, and also that we should not assume anything about anyone. I do understand why some of the readers here have left off reading this blog, and I have received letters from people from time to time pointing out how someone has divisive or truly hurtful content at a source which I linked to when linking to a specific article that I found informative. But though I want us to keep our eyes open to other points of view, just as we want others to do for us, but I cannot recommend that someone subject themselves to a blog or news source which puts down a particular person or group of people.

A sample comment just came to me from a concerned reader about an older post:
"I'm surprised that you have posted from (X source). From what I've looked at . . . , he is not a very open religious person. I don't think those who are (Y belief) and thinking about covering would feel comfortable reading his entry . . . . Especially when they can look around . . . and note other entries about "crushing (Y belief)." . . . Your blog seems to be open to all religions and I don't want someone to ignore the great information you have to offer because they get offended by someone else's blog."
Oh, Dear Reader, I also don't want someone to ignore the information that is available anywhere because they feel hurt by something that is written. Unfortunately, it happens. I do have a disclaimer posted above the entries in the hopes that those who visit my blog will realize the point of this blog: to share information that can be found online about those headcoverings. Because head coverings are worn in so many ways for so many reasons, there are sure to be misunderstandings. A true searcher will continue to search and find.

Shall a Christian quit covering because Hindu, Jewish and Muslim women also cover? Shall a humble woman not cover because fashionable ladies wear eye-catching styles? Shall women be ashamed to wear a covering because some spiritually minded men also choose to cover their heads for religious reasons? (and so on.. ) If a non-religious person can find a cute way to tie up their headscarf in an article written by a devout believer -- if a modest woman in one faith can learn more about being a lady of faith in an article written about the style of covering in another faith (*) -- if a man or a woman can learn and share more about the reasons why others cover their heads which they had not considered before -- then they have been encouraged at least a little to grow in knowledge, and perhaps in their beliefs as well.

I hope that others will be encouraged even more to think on things like ... the differences between men and women, modesty in dress and behaviour, humbleness and humility, how physical things have spiritual and emotional meanings, what worship is, prayer, how to live faithfully in a way that draws others to things that are true, encouraging others to stand strong in their faith, and to be themselves, that there is no end of learning ... among other things. So much comes under the heading of "headcoverings".

Please, Dear Readers, be encouraged to keep learning, to keep growing, and to come to a better knowledge of truth.


(*) As a Christian who believes in the Written Word of the Bible, I believe that there is only "One Faith", and I know that others feel the same way about what they have faith in. When I wrote of various faiths in this article, I am referring to the variety of understandings of what the "One Faith" is. I hope that this is understood, and not hurtful to anyone. Rather, be encouraged to study and to learn more about what you believe is true - a challenge to what is true will not stand, and you will grow stronger; but if you are standing on sinking sand, wouldn't you rather be challenged to move to higher ground?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fedoras, on "Slaves to Fashion: glamour.com"

Slaves to Fashion Fashion: glamour.com

Do headcoverings have to be un-fashionable? Where is the Writing on this? At any rate, check out this fashion trend.

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EDIT: link sent to me in reply to this post - http://alicejeans.blogspot.com/2009/09/spring-scarf-style-perfect-for-windy.html Thank you, Lucy, for sharing this!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Meanings of Turbans

"The meaning of a turban"
Gurwinder Singh has helped organize a public forum about turbans at Surrey SFU this Saturday, Oct. 3.

Singh says his turban is more than a mere head covering.

“I consider it as a celebration of freedom, justice and equality. It’s like wearing a [Remembrance Day] poppy 24/7.”

Click on the title link above for why he feel this way, and more on the history and meaning of the Sikh turban, as well as more information on the even at Simon Fraser University in B.C.