Responses to yesterday’s post on robed choirs suggested that robes cut the choir off from the congregation, turning them into a show or making them somehow not part of the congregation. The natural follow-up would seem to be ministers, the other group that (besides choirs) often wear robes. Are ministers who wear robes somehow improperly cutting themselves off from the congregation? Do they somehow not seem like they are “one of us?” Is this a problem, or should they indeed somehow be differentiated? What if they just wear a stole? Or wear robes and a stole? Is it more acceptable for the minister to be robed than the choir, and if so, why precisely? Do you think you might you feel more comforable if your robed minister wore more normal clothes, or, for that matter, if your casual minister took to wearing robes? Why? What is the reason that some ministers wear robes, anyway?