[Ed. – What she gave up for Lent was her sanity.]
A blonde, blue-eyed Christian mum-of-two has decided to wear a Muslim hijab every time she goes out of the house during Lent to remind herself what it is like to be “other”.
Jessey Eagan, children’s director for Imago Dei Church in Peoria, Illinois, said that in the US she was part of the majority as a white, middle class woman.
“I want to remind myself what it feels like to be an outsider – ‘the other’… So, I’m practising hospitality this Lent by getting into the shoes (or hijab) of my Muslim friends and neighbours.
“I feel this is especially important now as there is increasing animosity once again from (white) Americans towards Muslims in our communities, which honestly makes me nervous about the idea.”
A Muslim friend offered her a choice of headscarves.
Writing on her blog, #40daysofhijab, Eagan says that she was inspired to undertake the challenge after living in Amman, Jordan. She moved there about seven years ago with her husband for 18 months.