Head Coverings

“You have always wanted to wear a veil to cover your head — the word “to veil yourself” is the same word as to ‘be married’. If you only had the chance you would marry a citizen and be allowed to wear a beautiful woven head covering like the rich ladies…”


Edumacational tool: headscarves for everyone. but you’re not going to wear them on topof your head. I’ll tell you what you’re doing with them in just a minute.

I am also glad that someone wanted to know about headscarves, because I am really excited about headscarves right now. which is why I have a handful of them, but they’re not going on top of your head…

You know I’m a convert. When I first came to an Orthodox service I was like “Wow… really pretty, I feel God’s presence” and I then I noticed headscarves and I was like “That is so sexist.” And I spent years not wearing one, and kind of hating the idea of them. I liked how they looked, but I thought they meant something bad about women, and when I read what paul said “   “ I was even more skeptical.

But then I learned something, and it is something even the boys should learn. So, boys are going to use this edjumacational tool too, and you’re going to imagine what it’s like to be a woman for a few minutes, so that you can understand this important general concept that is true for both men and women. You’re going to imagine you’re a woman, ok?

Tie the scarf over your eyes, relax comfortably, and listen to this meditation… 



3 Deep breathes. Relax your toes, your legs, your middle… etc.


In order to understand how history affects our beliefs. I’m going to take you back in time in your mind. 3 slow, Deep breathes.


You are standing outside ona road on a warm sunny afternoon. You can hear people talking in a marketplace nearby, and smell meat being roasted. Looking down you see you are barefoot and standing in the dust. You are wearing a long robe, and your hands feel dry and dirty. A little ways away there are two men drawing geometric figures in the dirt and discussing it. A wooden cart pulled by a donkey passes you along the road, and the man guiding it has a scraggly beard and is wearing sandals. doesn’t even look at you, for which you are thankful. Every man who passes by you makes you a little nervous, Because that man, if he wanted to could rape you and no one would stop him, and the law would defend his right to rape you. Because you are a woman without a veil on her head, so it’s ok.


You have always wanted to wear a veil to cover your head — the word “to veil yourself” is the same word as to ‘be married’. If you only had the chance you would marry a citizen and be allowed to wear a beautiful woven head covering like the rich ladies, attend religious festivals, and share in many of the freedoms of being a respectable citizen woman. But, you don’t have a respectable family to look out for you, you were born a slave and you were forced to be a prostitute in the temple of the goddess Aphrodite since you were a very young girl, and so now you will never be allowed to have that symbol of status, honor, and security on your head. You will always be forced to expose your hair so that men can oggle your hair like you are a piece of meat. You can feel the heat of the sun on your hair, and on the back of your neck as you continue walking through the city.


As you continue walking through the city, you pass a political assembly where men are voting. You pass the stands for viewing Olympic games. You scurry away quickly because if a woman is caught even in the stands she would be executed. But even here on the street you are not allowed to have a conversation, or recite poetry, like the men can.


You wander into a different assembly of people. These people are known as Christians, and they worship only one God. The women are on one side, the men on another, and all of them are listening to a man speak.The man is reading a letter, and the letter says that all women should wear head coverings for modesty. no matter if they are slave or freeborn citizen, poor or rich, they should wear a headcovering, not flaunt their hair for everyone to see, and that wives must listen to their husbands and husbands must be gentle with their wives and not abuse them, that they both own one another (the men look surprised when he says this last part, because they have never been told they must be gentle with their wives before). He says that the angels also cover themselves when they are in God’s presence. He says men and women are different, but all must be submissive to God.


…How do you feel, hearing this?

Take your blindfold off and write for two minutes how you imagined you feel when you heard the Christians saying all women should wear head coverings? would you like that more or less than before? why?



Points I want to make:

1) uncovered women’s hair in that context was like a topless woman, a sex slave.

2) hair covering was a sign of honor, freedom.

3) It does mean submission, but submission like the Son submits to the Father, like men submit to God. It does not mean inferior. It is a submission that is brave, strong, loving. We are different (verse 8), but we are interdependant (11)



I Corinthians 11:2-16.

3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying with anything down over his head dishonors his head, 5 but every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6 For if a woman will not be covered, then let her be shorn! But since it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 7 For indeed a man ought not to cover his head, being the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.


8 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 For this reason the woman should have authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 In any case, woman is not independent of man, nor man of woman, in the Lord; 12 for as woman is [created] from man, so man is now [born] through woman. And all things are from God.




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