|Handmade stole from Bolivia
(Taken with my iPhone)
In 2006, I was given a really mean present by my former pastor: a beautiful handmade stole from Bolivia (pictured to the right). Why was that a mean gift? Clergy in the United Methodist Church are not allowed to wear stoles until they are fully ordained…and I will not be fully ordained until June 1st of this year. So for four years, the stole has hung on my wall as a reminder of what my future status could look like and I’m happy to say it will be the first stole I wear in my parish.
Stoles are important vestments that change color with the liturgical seasons and thus clergy usually have at least a half-dozen or so of them. Now that I’m reaching that point in ministry where I can wear stoles, I would like recommendations! I’m not a clergy fashionista by any stretch of the imagination but would like people’s recommendations of stoles they find powerful or evocative or great in their simplicity.
So, are there any stoles you would recommend? If you have links to Cokesbury, Alban, or wherever sites, that is most helpful. Otherwise, just the styles or elements on the stoles would be great too!
Thanks in advance!
P.S. Yes, I’ve already seen the FSM stole…awesome but probably inappropriate!
P.P.S. I would pay top dollar for a custom stole that sneaks in Star Wars elements in very subtle ways. Are you reading this, Jessica? I’m kidding!….kinda.