The pulpit is a sign of power for who gets to name truth for the community. Be humble.
Many times, preachers are expected to look and talk a certain way. And the pulpit is most often thought of as a space associated with a particular location, usually a church.
In this visual piece, I wanted to show how a “pulpit space” changes depending on our social location, gender, and our own identity. I decided to create a video that focuses on the diverse bodies and gestures instead of on the rhetoric. I wanted to show how diverse bodies in various locations create a pulpit space so that everywhere we go we are … preaching.
“APPROVED – Gender, Power, Pulpit” is a short video I created as a final project for a class at Union Theological Seminary with Dr. Lisa Thompson, titled Gender, Power, and the Pulpit.