Originally Posted by GBR
Dressing up is regrettably a fact of some groups of all flavours of religion. There is no logical reason why the quality of the devotions are improved by the formality of the attire and so far as I understand the nature of the deities being worshipped, none require it. It seems to me that it is entirely a man made and irrelevant custom, why do some monks (and others) think wearing a hair shirt is of benefit, why is flagellation practised by others?
I think you are being iconoclastic for the sake of it, though there is some sense in what you say.
...attendees wearing shorts...
The correct word, if there is one, is "attender". The suffix "-ee" is a passive one, the suffix "-er" the active one. Compare employer-employee. As "attend" is an intransitive verb, it cannot have a passive.