I had a conversation with a saint a few nights ago and we were talking about "the church hat" and how its use seems to be waning.


I love wearing hats to church and I love what they represent for me; the sense of traditionalism, I'm supporting  black owned busisnesses in my community and I don't feel completely dressed without one.


I would love to hear your thoughts about the matter if you'd like to share them. May God continue to bless and keep each and every one of you!



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Sorry, I misspelled "businesses."

Wearing hats to church for women come from a deeper meaning than supporting businesses or some community tradition...

Its biblical.  I Corinthians TELL women that  if they pray  or prophesy they are to COVER their head.


Its sad that modern tradtion just kills the word of God for so many Christians.

The bible tells us to seek the old paths and walk therein.


If preachers would teach what is biblical maybe black folk who make hats can get back to making money as well because then the saints would adhere to the word of God and cover their heads as they did since the bible days.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

I believe Church Hats are a man's tradition. There is nowhere in the Word of God which tells us to wear them. In 1 Corinthians 11:15, it tells us “but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering”.


If you are in a Black Church, the church hats still is a tradition hands down. I remember seeing my grandmothers wearing those big and beautiful hats and they will never go out of style not by a long shot.


My great aunt still wears those big beautiful hats still to this day at our church when we do see her come to church on any giving Sunday.


Dying? No and it will always a tradition in the Black churches.

Agreed. I always wear my hat.



Not all black churches have the tradition of the hat. The church I started in didn't have that tradition and only wore hats every once in a while just like where I am now. I think for the most part it depends on the people who are there. I've visited places where even some of the older women saints didn't wear hats, while some did. But yes, it'll always be a tradition, just many places no longer hold them as a main tradition.

Sister Toni, I too am very fond of wearing hats.  I found, through study, that the covering of the head in 1 Corinthians 11 refers to women who are married.  Those women who did not cover their heads (with hats, lace circles, doilies, etc.) were women who did not respect or honor their head - as Christ is the head of man.  Therefore, the hat represents the honor we give to our husbands, as our husbands give honor to Christ who is their head.

I also have long locs - which I have referred to the OT Nazarite.  So, I guess, according to many beliefs, I have a double covering.  The hair signifies, from my study, that it is a mantle or veil (covering)  for my individual covering. As a wife, I cover my head to honor my husband.

Also, remember that 1 Corinthians 11 is reprehension from Paul to the Church in Corinth.  History also plays a part of defining who we are in this day and time.  In our sometimes painful growth, we must build on our examples given to new circumstances.

Stand and wear your hats....


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