After participating in Pants to Church last year, Alisa from New Zealand wrote:
I gave a big smile to the only other woman I saw wearing pants when I crossed her in the hall chasing my kids to Primary. She had spiky hair and a happy smile and was talking to a lot of people. I thought, maybe she was wearing pants for the same reason I was, although I knew that the “pants event” probably wasn’t as well known here in New Zealand as it would be in Utah. I wasn’t able to talk with her until just before we left to go home.
The woman was a recent convert to the church, having been baptized when her husband, who was less active, had begun attending church services again.
When I told her I liked her pants she said that it was all she had to wear. I told her that it was only cultural that women traditionally wear dresses to church and that she should feel confident that she looked great and was perfectly dressed for church. I was happy to be wearing pants if only to let her know that she wasn’t the only one wearing pants that Sunday.
It was a good experience to feel for the day what someone might feel like coming to church as a bit of an outsider. There is a real strength in gaining a persective on what others might feel.