Friday, January 27, 2012


The Methodist Church has a tradition of “collaring” student ministers, which is the moment when the student is allowed to wear a clerical collar. Within our tradition a clerical shirt is worn as a sign of being under the discipline of an order of preachers. Over time we have allowed those who are studying for ordination to wear a clerical collar as part of the process of a personal commitment to this discipline. Not only does it remind the student of the calling that they are exploring, but it allows them time to physically experience the depth of this commitment every time they put on their clerical shirt.

Today we concluded our Seminary Covenant Service with the collaring of Philippa Cole, who describes herself as “fully human, perfectly flawed” and writes a blog at It was an occasion of joyful celebration of one who is growing into her calling to be a Methodist Minister. There was singing, dancing, tears, and a special moment when her clerical collar was inserted into her shirt. She commented: “I am excited because this for me is a validation of my journey so far. It’s a reminder that I have committed my life to being a servant for God and for Her people.”
Please pray for her – and for all those who are newly “collared” as they train for their final ordination vows.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

"Fully human, perfectly flawed." Love it. Congratulations to her!