The Veil & Other Costumes/Customs

The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs is a sermon by Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy about the religious traditions of women wearing a veil or head scarf.  Much controversy is stirring about the Muslim tradition of women’s wearing of a head scarf or veil. What is this about? How do we balance religious tolerance and women’s rights? What do we make of this as westerners? Let’s explore this charged topic together. You’re invited to bring a scarf or hat to the service if you choose.

After the above worship service, a short (34-minute) film, Wearing Hijab: Uncovering the Myths of Islam in the United States, can also be shown. It explores the custom of some Muslim women wearing a head covering. The film shows a group discussion and individual interviews with six Muslim women, some who choose to wear hijab and some who don’t. It was produced in 2003 by FiIms for the Humanities and Sciences. Following the film Rev. M’ellen Kennedy facilitates a discussion of the film and the content of the earlier worship service.P1000650_2

Please contact us for further information if you are interested in having Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy offer this program.


“Dear M’ellen:
Thank you so much for visiting our church in Laconia and teaching us all so much about Islam.  Your sermon was highly engaging and memorable. None of us will have the same view of Islam again.  You took us on a the first steps of a journey towards better understanding of the major religion of our world.  You have inspired us with your grace and energy and wisdom.  We are truly grateful for your wonderful service and your work with PUB.  We will look forward to seeing you again.  We salute you for your meaningful work towards world peace.
Namaste, Karen Hurst”