Summarized by Eric Bunker
Sunday casual? Folks are dressing down to go to church
Twin Falls ID Times-News 15Aug99 C9
By B.J. Bryant: Times-News correspondent
BURLEY, IDAHO -- Even 50 years ago, the standard for dress for all churches in
America was traditional formal business/social attire. But in this era of
everyday casual, does anybody dress up for church anymore?
According to a survey by the Precept Group, Inc., a California firm that
studies church demographics, about 30 percent of Americans prefer church
services that are informal and contemporary, which "means wear anything that
you want, we don't care." That is compared to 28.2 percent favoring
informal business-traditional, which is nice clothes, but no need for a suit
and tie for the men and women can wear pants. And lastly 21.5 percent who
preferred the old-time standard formal-traditional.
In south central Idaho, congregations hold a wide variety of different views
on what is appropriate attire.
The Catholic Church in that area prefers that its members wear the standard
traditional business/or social informal attire with muted colors. It means
conservative dresses with sleeves for women and both sexes are discouraged
from wearing clothes that are bright, flashy and attract attention.
The Nazarenes in Rupert have a slightly more relaxed attitude. In their
congregation, the minister is usually the only one that wears a tie. He
noted that there is a difference between metropolitan churches and rural
ones, that in metropolitan areas, more people dress up for work and Sunday
is a day to be casual; in farm communities, Sunday becomes an opportunity to
get out and dress up.
Mormons, too, are expected to wear our Sunday best. "People are
encouraged to wear the best that they have," said Stake President M. Gene
Hansen. "It's not casual or formal."