LANSING, Mich. — In a move that has caused quite the stir among Midwestern Adventists, the Michigan Conference has enforced a new female dress code in churches across the state. Effective immediately, all females over the age of 16 will be required to wear head coverings.
“We just want to be consistent with New Testament teaching,” said Conference spokesperson, Brian Montgomery. “The Apostle Paul was fairly clear on the matter.”
“Michigan Conference has a long-standing reputation of being the most conservative conference around so it is our responsibility to stay on the cutting edge of ‘appropriate,'” said Women’s Ministries Director, Beau Manster.
Due to a sluggish Michigan economy, the conference will be patient with its female members, he said. “We want to be flexible with those who have tight budgets. If you do not have a head covering, you will be handed one with your bulletin upon entering the sanctuary.”
Manster urged female Adventist Michiganders to avoid inappropriate improvisation with their head coverings. “No form of sports gear is acceptable and neither are Sabbath picnic blankets,” he said. “Pathfinders scarves work just fine if fastened securely with a modest slide.”
In addition to the wardrobe guidance, the Conference is debating instituting a “silence in church” rule for all females over the age of 12. Study committees are still exploring the viability of trying to enforce the measure given the the challenge of large female majorities in most Michigan churches.
In the meantime, women are advised to whisper. If they have questions of a presenter, women are encouraged to pass notes to their husbands, or, if they are single, any responsible adult male who can convey their questions and concerns.