Welcome to the Movement!

Hello everyone and welcome to the Head Covering Movement.

My name is Jeremy and I’m the founder. I’m hoping you’ll stick around to both learn and discuss the topic of head coverings with us. Our first post is called “An Introduction to a Neglected Doctrine” which will introduce the topic of the movement. This post will be more of an introduction to the site itself.

Our features

The Head Covering Movement has three main sections 1) Articles 2) Testimonies and 3) Shareable Media. Our hope is to post one new item per week from each of these categories. Three posts per week.

  1. Articles will be both be written by myself and guest bloggers. Content wise they will all be centered around the topic of this movement.
  2. Testimonies will be women sharing their covering story. They are meant to be an encouragement to those who have struggled and are still struggling with this doctrine. We hope you feel built up and less ‘alone’ as you relate to their stories.
  3. Shareable media will feature head covering quotes, images and video. The purpose of the media is to serve as conversation starters and to get people thinking about this topic.

Let’s talk

There are four main groups of  people who will visit this site 1) People who agree with us 2) People who have not given this topic much thought 3) people who are complementarian (the principle behind the symbol) but disagree with head covering  4) people who disagree with head covering and complementarianism. I’d like to have a brief word with each of you and then we’ll start introducing ourselves.

1) People who agree with us.
If you are complementarian and you practice head covering (or not head covering if you’re a guy) we’d love to hear from you and get you involved in this site. We’re not a one-man army but a movement so we’d love to stay connected and partner with you. We will unite around the substance of the movement as opposed to the fine details (meaning if you cover all the time, as opposed to just in church, that’s okay). In those things, we will be charitable and expect the same from you towards others.

2) People who have not given this topic much thought.

We hope you will feel welcome here. We encourage you to ask questions and we hope that the articles and media we post will be of assistance to you as you work through this issue.

3)  People who are complementarian but disagree with head covering.

We hope that even if you are not persuaded that you will come out with a clearer understanding of why we believe the way we do. You are free to disagree with us and others in the comments section. I’m hoping that your critiques and questions will serve us all by helping all sides to understand one another better. You are welcome here.

4) People who disagree with head covering and complementarianism.

If you have studied this topic and have come to this conclusion you’re probably aware that there’s not much common ground between us on this particular issue. However our unity in Christ is not tied to our views on the roles of men and women. See, if you believe the Gospel and hold to the essentials of the faith, we are family. I love you and I hope you will feel welcome here. Because we have the least in common, there will be a greater temptation between us to verbally stone-throw. My hope is that we can buck against the internet trend and have civil discussions with one another. Let’s bear in mind that we’re interacting with real people who are loved by God.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (Eph 4:29 NASB)

Discussion

Alright, that’s enough from me for one day. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all. Would you briefly introduce yourself? Tell us how you heard about the site and why you are here.

  • http://dpradke.wordpress.com/ Dan Radke

    Hi Jeremy, my name is Dan Radke and I happened to stumble across your site yesterday from a banner ad on Justin Taylor’s Blog at the Gospel Coalition. To be honest, I am not sure exactly how to understand 1 Cor. 11:2-16. I guess I always have just assumed that Paul is addressing a cultural practice that no longer applies today because culture has changed. As I was reading the passage now and then looking at a couple commentaries, I was brought to 1 Cor. 14:34 which says that “the women should keep silent in the churches” (ESV). Here Paul seems to advocate for women not to speak at all in churches, whereas in 1 Cor. 11:2-16, there obviously is implied that women do speak in church (v. 5). I am wondering how to understand these two passages together. How does your understanding of 1 Cor. 11:2-16 relate to 1 Cor. 14:34 (and its context)? Thank you for your thoughts.

    • Kelly

      I’m going to answer a question with more questions, just to spark some more thoughts. :) How do we know it was a cultural practice that no longer applies? How can we be certain that anything else in Paul’s letter wasn’t tied to a cultural practice? It’s difficult to pick and choose what is and isn’t tied to a cultural practice. As far as chapters 11 and 14 being in harmony with one another, maybe singing is considered to be a form of prophesying? Or maybe prophesying can also mean teaching, in which case the head covering would be relevant outside the worship assembly as well, when women teach other women and children. There are many who cover for worship only, and there are many who cover every single time they speak of God, which usually results in them covering for all their waking hours. I have studied the head covering on and off for years and I’m still searching for answers to questions I have. One thing I realized is that I must stop looking at the commentaries. All they did was confuse me. Commentaries in and of themselves are not bad, but sometimes we (myself included) have relied more on commentaries (man) and less on prayer (God). There are about a dozen different ways to interpret these passages in the commentaries, all with supposed supporting evidence from the scriptures. The MOST important thing we can do is pray to God with an open heart…put aside all bias…disregard what society says/thinks/does…and let Him reveal the truths to us. It will come, in His time! =) ~Much love, Kelly

    • Diane

      I have been trying to reconcile that as well but when you honestly read the passage you will notice that nowhere in the passage does Paul say head covering is for corporate worship only. We have to be careful when we read to remember that the headings over parts of Scripture are not inspired text. In this case a lot of versions may say “Order in Worship” or “Headcovering in Worship”but when we do compare 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 with 14:34 it becomes pretty clear to me that the head covering isn’t just for worship.

      I am struggling with this because I do believe God wants His children to be a constant testament to Christ. We may get funny looks in the assembly but I have heard so many positive stories and incredible testimonies from women who wear it all the time, or at least out in public in places that aren’t church.

      I don’t know exactly what the “Because of the angels” part means, I do feel like that may be referencing assembly worship but nothing states that. Creation order and headship principles, however, don’t change when we walk out of the assembly. We are meant to live out our faith every day, not just when we are among other believers.

      That brings another question up: Should men always be uncovered? What about baseball caps, cowboy hats, or if their line of work requires some type of hat?
      That’s what I’m struggling with right now and the best I can come up with is that it is just like God to take the last one in line, the “low man on the totem pole” so to speak in the headship order and give her the sweetest reminder of who she is in Christ. Women represent the church and the church is so wonderfully covered by the precious blood of the Lamb, how awesome that women are given the special privilege and responsibility of showing that symbol not only to their congregation but to the world!

      • Pam B

        My soon to be 13 yr. old granddaughter and I have been covering full time for about 8 months now. My granddaughter had just turned 12 when she was studying scripture herself and came across the verses in Corinthians that speaks of head covering. We prayed on it and she said she felt strongly about wearing one so I assumed God was convicting her of this. To make a long story short, we continue to cover and use a mop type cap at night to sleep in.
        We do however get many stares and some comments when out in public but it does not bother us and actually there have been many who smile as if to say they agree and appreciate it. I feel personally that this is a forgotten and or looked over part of the bible.

        • Sherri Andrul Nicholas

          what is a mop type cap?

          • Pam B

            It is just a cap that fits over your head similar to the way a shower cap fits with elastic around the edge (border) and similar to what they wore like back in colonial days. If you have ever watched or saw certain episodes of ‘Little House on the Prairie’, the little girls wore these type of caps to bed.

    • http://www.gospelebooks.net/ Jeremy Gardiner

      Hi Dan, great to have you over here. Thanks so much for the question and I’m glad to hear you’re looking into the topic.

      The most common reconciliation of those passages are 1) In chapter 14 Paul is forbidding women judging prophecies, not prophesying. 2) In chapter 11 Paul is showing what head coverings mean and why it’s inconsistent with women teaching/speaking. So in this chapter he’s not actually allowing women to pray/prophesy publicly in church.

      While I side with view #1 in practice, I don’t find either explanation to be particularly compelling.

      • Lauren

        Dan and Jeremy,

        I take women’s silence to mean that she doesn’t speak out in the
        meeting. She may join in corporate readings or singing, but she doesn’t
        lead out in prayer or song, nor does she teach or comment on teaching. 1 Cor 11
        applies still in the meeting because women are still praying
        corporately with the men, and they are also singing corporately, which can be viewed
        as prophecy. I also cover whenever these activities take place outside
        of a meeting (praying with my family, teaching or reading from the Bible to my children, in women’s bible studies, and especially any time I pray aloud), though I do not think Paul is referring to silent prayers
        as I go throughout the day–so I am one of those rarities that cover in
        the meeting and out of it, but not all the time. :-) So I would say
        that my view is a third way to reconcile those passages: head coverings are necessary when praying or prophesying, especially in a corporate setting (1 Cor 11), but women do not speak out in the meeting in any leadership-kind-of-way (1 Cor 14 and 1 Tim 2).

        Hope that was helpful!!!

  • Sonja

    Hi Jeremy, I thought that because women were the source of evil (ate the fruit and got Adam to eat it too) that we had to have our heads covered to protect man from our evil ways especially during worship. And that man was to remain uncovered to have an unobstructed relationship with God. I thought it was no longer necessary to wear head coverings woman are thelogically speaking no longer viewed as source of evil, and that we all can be made anew in Christ Jesus. Where I learned this I don’t know, but some thoughts on this would be appreciated :)

    • http://www.gospelebooks.net/ Jeremy Gardiner

      Hi Sonja, thanks for asking. I think the best answer to your question comes from within the Scriptures themselves. For example, while you’ve heard “it is because of this reason…” Paul in verse 10 says “for this reason” and gives it. It’s always important to allow the author to give their own reasons rather than assigning our own to them. I’ll be writing on this much more in the coming weeks. I hope you’ll stick around. :)

  • Christina C

    It is my understanding that men and women were seated separately, men on one side and women on the other. I think many synagogues still do and the Muslims picked up that custom from the Jews and Christians, to separate the men from the women. And that women previously weren’t allowed in during times of teaching, so this was a new thing for the women. But they weren’t understanding so they were talking across people to ask their husbands the meanings. They were being disruptive. Men being the head, are to teach their family but not during service! lol. I too believe covering is pretty much all the time. I heard it explained in the book “The Headcovering” by Michael Bunker this way, you wouldn’t go around with no clothes on and then put on a swimming suit to go swimming. lol. In that book he says that history shows us all women covered whenever they left the house, and to uncover was shameful or being done to shame a woman. But that pagan women were converting to Christianity and coming to services and during pagan services, they would uncover, so they were uncovering during the Christian services. So it isn’t so much we are to cover for services but we aren’t to uncover for services, like the pagans do. He goes on to say that all Christian women covered all the time until fairly recently. I think it was WWI or WWII but it was around then that women began only to cover for church. That’s a LONG time for the church to have gotten it wrong (from the time of Christ until then) and then suddenly got it right with ‘only cover for church’. But personally, it doesn’t bother me if someone doesn’t see it that way. That’s okay with me.

    • Sara June Thompson

      That’s possible. Even as late as the 50′s or 60′s you put a hat on when you left the house. You removed your hats most of the time when you went indoors, but not in church (well not the women, the men of course were privileged to be able to do so as a mark or respect, the women to remain covered as a mark of respect.). But these verses do not talk about wearing a covering every time you leave your home, they talk about church, or possibly every time you pray or prophesy. Not that it’s a bad thing, since I started covering I have taken to wearing a hat every time I leave the house (or at least a scarf) so I always have something with me if I feel I should cover for prayer.

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  • BeginnerGirl

    Hi! I do cover (part time) and i heard about you from a few friends on FB. :)

  • Kevin Moore

    Jeremy, I’m following up on the comment you posted on my Blog. I’ve posted five articles on Female Head-coverings. Here is the first one, with links to the other four: http://kmooreperspective.blogspot.com/2013/06/female-head-coverings-in-1-corinthians.html

  • Blythe

    My first thought was why is a man again trying to tell women how to dress. This is another site designed to subjugate women.

    • http://www.gospelebooks.net/ Jeremy Gardiner

      Hi @disqus_5PR6ive80N:disqus, our site is based around a passage of Scripture (1 Cor 11:2-16) penned by a man (Paul) who’s true author is God (2 Tim 3:16). Since our aim is to expound what is said in this Scripture the question is, is it an accurate interpretation? For if it is, the gender of the blog writer is irrelevant as it would be God who is telling “women how to dress”. A final note is that in this passage it deals with both women AND men.

      • Blythe

        Hi, first good for you not deleting people who disagree with you. The passage may deal with both men and women, but you have set up a site which is dealing with how you think women ought to dress, and you are basing this on the way you read the verses.
        That a man wrote this and many other anti women things is no recommendation for it being worthwhile adhering to.

  • Sara June Thompson

    I felt so supported when I found this site. I had only been covering a few weeks and the only one in my church as far as I knew deliberately covering (it was winter so a few men and women were wearing hats I presumed by coincidence, not as a “covering”. God had been speaking to me ever since I attended a wedding in a covering church last summer and it was hard to have the courage to actually start covering. Some online friends (mostly Catholic) encouraged me that they were also recently returning to covering and then I found this site. What a breath of fresh air. Rather than men telling women how to dress, it’s more like men supporting women in obeying what God says to do when it’s hard to go against the grain.

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