Every Ward has their white shirt rebels. You know, the dodgy guy (like Rusty) who refuses to wear a white shirt. They are, however, outliers, freaks, rebels. But not in the Mormon colonies, it seems.
In my Euro ward today I counted only about three white shirts among the brethren and they were all worn by the American expats. Either the colonials have not received the memo that sacralizes the American corporate uniform, or they are quietly rebelling.
We had green (me), striped, blue, pink, check. Even the Bishop looked dapper in his blue shirt and cream jacket. He’s from Africa too, which made this particular attire look doubly cool.
There were also a lot of beards, goatees and “Abbruzzese’s.” Oh, and there were women in trousers. Blimey! Message to Coruscant: the Outer Rim is in meltdown. Send the Stormtroopers immediately.
Two serious points:
Seth R. has a good post on the white-shirt-and-tie as a “ministerial vestment.” I’m very almost persuaded, but there’s still a touch of “dress like white man” about it.
Walter Van Beek has an excellent recent Dialogue article on the Church-as-Empire meme. In an ironic historical shift, Europe is now the colony (at least in the Mormon world). According to Van Beek, there are signs that the colonies are occasionally resisting (American) cultural mandates from HQ.