So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
Shower of Stoles Project
Donate a Stole
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE A STOLE TO THE COLLECTION?
The Shower of Stoles is NOT limited to those who have been ordained, or those who have lost their ordinations! ANY gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community - in ANY capacity - is eligible to have a stole in this collection.
There are three different ways that you can offer a stole to the Shower of Stoles:
HOW DO I MAKE A STOLE?
If you wish to make a stole, we have very few "rules." Generally, it should be about 6 to 8 feet long, and about 4 to 6 inches wide. One simple way to do this is to make a single-seam "tube," turn it right side out, and slip-stitch the ends.
Be sure that the stole is made and/or decorated securely enough to withstand constant shipping and handling! Use only permanent markers, such as laundry markers, and PLEASE avoid glitter, puff-paint, or iron-on appliqués that are likely to soften or peel off in extreme heat (such as the back of FedEx trucks!) or with repeated handling. If you are adding anything to the stole, such as an AIDS or rainbow ribbon, sew it on securely rather than pinning or gluing it to the stole.
MOST IMPORTANT: Include your story with the stole. A brief, clear statement from you on a simple stole is far more important to this project than the finest quilting or artwork! Limit your story to about 200 words; longer messages will be edited to fit. Be sure to include your name (unless you wish to remain anonymous), your denomination, where you are from, and your service to the church. Send us this information on a separate piece of paper (not attached to the stole). Do not laminate it! We will transfer it to a stole-sized computer template and sew it on with commercial vinyl. Your message can also be sent to us on a CD using any Microsoft-compatible format. If you send it this way, please include a printed copy of your message as well.
You are solely responsible for the written information that is included on your stole. If you wish to remain anonymous, be careful not to include any information that may indirectly reveal your identity.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT AN ANONYMOUS STOLE?
We go to great lengths to protect the anonymity of those who have stoles in this collection.
You can submit a stole for yourself or someone else anonymously. However, if at all possible, we do ask that you identify the stole in some way, and note where you are from (e.g. "Lesbian deacon, Kentucky").
In some cases, a congregation has sent an individual stole with only the church's name on it, to protect the anonymity of one or more of its gay members. A couple of congregations have submitted stoles that have been signed with anonymous "codes," such as four-digit numbers, rather than names.
WHERE DO I SEND THE FINISHED STOLE?
Send stoles to the address at the bottom of this page. We strongly recommend that you ship your stole via FedEx or UPS, rather than the Postal Service. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to be informed that your stole has arrived. Stoles submitted to the collection become the permanent property of the Shower of Stoles Project and cannot be returned.
WHERE CAN I GET A STOLE TO DONATE?
You can buy an inexpensive stole or make one yourself. If you would prefer to buy a stole, we recommend purchasing one from:
Contact The Shower of Stoles Project at the address or number listed below.
THE SHOWER OF STOLES PROJECT