You may be wondering just what the heck I’m talking about when I call my blog the collar and the orange hat. Well, let me attempt to enlighten you.
As a Lutheran seminary student, I’d like to think that the collar would be pretty obvious. Traditional outfits for pastors tend to have the white collar. Although that being said, I’ve got to admit that I was surprised when I actually started exploring the collar.
I’m currently wrapping up my middler year at Luther seminary. In laymen’s terms, my second year of class. Next up is my internship year and once that’s done I’ll head on back to seminary for my final year of class. As an intern, it’s common to begin wearing the collar, although admittedly some will start wearing the collar sooner.
I bought my first three pastor shirts within about the last month. What surprised me was just what you find when you start poking around at the collar itself. Its just a little white plastic piece about an inch and a half wide and about 5 inches long. It slips under the collar of the shirt leaving the little white square visible. Just this past weekend I was providing pulpit supply at my old church back home. I wore the collar for the first time.
I have to admit it, I was fully decked out. Black shirt, black suit. I heard one joke that I was ready for a funeral, but that’s alright. The really exciting part was that my parents were there so they got to see me the first time I wore the collar in an official manner.
Now, all that being said, back to the orange hat.
That’s it. Honestly, it all began as a joke. I’ve had this stocking hat for years. Honestly, I don’t even know where I got it. Way back when in January of 2009, I was getting ready for my first time on campus of Luther Seminary. I began my education in a distance program called Distributed Learning.
Now, January in Minnesota is cold. In fact we averaged about 20 below zero for the two weeks I was on campus. I knew I needed a stocking hat and this was the one I grabbed. By the end of the two weeks, it became something of a gimmick. I became known as “the man in the orange hat.” Over the course of 3 years and several intensives, its been my thing.
So there you go. Just a brief introduction to explain the blog name. Keep your eyes peeled. I’ll be blogging here for awhile. Admittedly, its for a class. Media in Parish Education, which is my second Education class at Luther.
Side note…the first time on campus, when I first had the orange hat…I was taking Education 1.
Side note #2…I also write a blog from the student perspective for Luther…I’m one of 6 bloggers at the site, though admittedly it’s winding down for the summer. Feel free to check it out here.