Veiling in The Zion Mennonite Church Community

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Every day, many of the post-baptismal, Mennonite women practice something called veiling.

Morgan Miller, a member of the Mennonite Community describes her take on veiling.

“It’s a sign of submission. So, Paul was saying, be submissive to God first and foremost, but then man would have been submissive to God and we are submissive too. Like I would be submissive to my dad and if l I get married to my husband. But I am foremost submissive to God. And It’s just a sign of submission to that and that’s basically what it’s representing, and not all people wear it. We believe that you have to have conviction for it, so like, some people have different ideas of what that says, but for me it’s more of a submission thing. And it doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to have an opinion or anything like that.”

Between it being an act of submission and the belief that one has the conviction for it, every Mennonite woman may have a very different reason for why she wears the veil. One example of a veil is in the picture corresponding to this post. In Morgan’s case it is a black, circular piece of lace fabric pinned in with hair clips.

During the service, we noticed most of the women’s veils were black and similarly shaped. There were a few longer ones, but Morgan mentioned that they can be any color, size, or shape. It seems as if the idea of their covering, having this sense of submissiveness and perhaps even the conviction is more important than the stylistic elements of the actual “head covering” (what she called hers).

 

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