I have a random observation from watching the streaming video of the UMC’s General Conference. As a British Methodist, I am quite used to seeing ministers in clerical collars, but we do not have bishops here (the closest may be the chairs of district, but the church has said no to bishops last year or the year before). Clerical collars are not widely used in American Methodism. So are the bishops in the UMC wearing purple clerical shirts and collars more this year or is this just the first I’ve noticed it? My bishop in SC (who is now in Western NC) wore one for the worship services at Annual Conference, but the bishops are wearing them for presiding over the business meetings at General Conference. Do bishops wear them more often in their own Annual Conferences during the year?
Anyone else noticed this?