Have you noticed any local clergy dressing more informally in recent months? Unlikely here in Scotland (at the moment). But in England there is a good reason for it: C of E clergy were given the go-ahead last year to choose whether or not to disregard their robes, and dress down for services, after a vote by their General Synod.
That means that if the vicar wants to wear jeans when leading a service, the Church of England will no longer object. It is believed by some that such a change can help the Church by ‘reflecting the way society has gone in the way of informality’, according to one vicar.
So, is the C of E ahead of the SEC – what do you think of this? Should we follow the lead from down South?