State of the Pulpit: Presentation of the Design and Model

Steve Kadar, Sunday Services Committee chair

Steve Kadar, Sunday Services Committee chair

By Steve Kadar
 
Back in October I wrote that a Pulpit Design Committee (PDC) was formed to come up with choices for a new pulpit. In early November the PDC members Brandy Bergenstock, Sandy Burkes-Campbell, Barry Campbell, Patricia Moseley and Judy Remsberg presented their work to the Sunday Services Committee, and after discussion we gave direction for the design to be finalized. The PDC kindly offered to build a model of the proposed pulpit. At this time we are pleased to show photographs of the model, and in early January you will be able to see it yourself an then submit comments (see accompanying photos taken by Dean Ceran).
The actual pulpit will be built by one of our members out of wood with rosewood accents. It is multi-sided which not only mirrors the architectural elements of the actual Sanctuary space but avoid the look of a “rectangle on end”. It also has a step-down sides and matching trim to give better definition, again to avoid the look of a “rectangle”. The new pulpit will have an adjustable back shelf for temporary storage and an adjustable angle lecture to accommodate speakers of various heights. The new pulpit will also have wire management so the cord for the microphone can be contained within the pulpit. Finally, it will be considerably lighter and easier to move than the old pulpit. We feel this design and its elements will act as a central focus of the Sanctuary space and will serve our needs well.
The model will be on view on Sunday, January 5 and 12 in the Sanctuary Space. The Sunday Services Committee will entertain “written comments” on this choice by sending a e mail to sundayservices@uufp.org or posting a comment on our Facebook Page UUFP where our community can share freely. The Sunday Services Committee will review all written comments. Pending favorable feedback, our plan is to go to the Policy Board for funding (which so far the costs are lower than anticipated), construction and eventual use with a formal dedication to be held sometime in spring along with a ceremony to retire the old pulpit.
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