Maggie and I have been exploring nakedness and Quakerism for two years (officially at least) and have been out in public discussing it for about 6 months now… and it feels like we’re only getting started! There is so much to explore on this topic.
No, seriously… I laughed when I got the leading to write an entire album about Quakers getting naked, but the real challenge turned out to be keeping it to a single album.
One of the topics that felt so vast as to be overwhelming is clothing itself. If we are called to be authentic and shed the coverings of the world, what then is our relationship with actual clothes?
- Should we just not wear clothes? (but we’ll get cold!)
- Should we be wearing uniforms? (haha, we individualists laugh, God would never want that… but its exactly what the Quietist Quakers felt God was calling them to. And the Amish.)
- Should we just wear whatever we feel like wearing? (but what about John Woolman and questioning whether the seeds of war are in our possessions?)
Perhaps you’re beginning to see how much could be said about this topic.
Here’s where the internet gets really cool.
If you take a moment to tell us about your personal philosophy, submit a picture and tell us where you’re from, we’ll compile it into a page called “Modern Quakers and Clothing”, and… viola! We’re in a real conversation.
Needless to say, we’re excited to see what you’ll write.