Most recently, Matthew Gatheringwater said:
Wouldnâ€™t your argument work better, however, if it related to a pre-existing uniform vesture among Unitarian Universalist ministers? By adopting a style of vesture that is uncommon if not singular among Unitarian Universalist ministers, arenâ€™t you in fact emphasizing your distinctness, rather than your uniformity?
Uh, what I wear for the most part is pretty common, apart from the collar and bands, and even these are still found in some of the eastern Christian churches in the UUA, and the kindred Non-Subscribing Presbyterians in Ireland. But since I tend to think of myself as a Christian first, and a Unitarian Universalist (institutionally; I'm not a unitarian at all) second it is I had a more Protestant "uniform" in mind.
I've only known one person to really dislike the bands, and a few others said they make me look Scottish. ("No, not Ish, just Scott, thank you.")
See these pictures from the 1998 Service of the Living Tradition. (I was going to make a bunch of links, starting from the earliest web coverage of GA, but you get the point. I just wish the godawful stole parade, seen in others years, would end.)
Irony alert: the largest group of hood-and-gown wearers in the UUA are the older humanists.
I've put up the old nameplate of this blog because it is the clearest good-hair-day image I have of me in my garb. (I'm still looking for the original to adapt to the current color scheme, so I can bring it back to the front page, and retire the image of me from 1977ish to my bio page.)
Were you (y'all?) thinking I meant something else?