Impressive Pulpits

November 7, 2008
It must be a struggle to remain humble when occupying a pulpit that draws the eyes of the congregation to them and confers the power of prominence.

Impressions of Egypt Number 10

In keeping with the blog’s theme of “Enrich Your Life, Enrich Your Relationships,” this is one of several posts about a trip we took in December 2007, to Egypt. It definitely enriched my life and expanded my understanding of that country, and of the many challenges they face as they evolve into a different kind of country than the one I visited. — Note added in 2011 after the spring revolution

This entry could also be filed as one of my “visual viewpoints” you may have seen in earlier posts.

School pulpit

In this mosque near the old Cairo bazaar, we met an Imam who kindly answered some of my questions and we could imagine centuries of traditions handed down in mosques like this all over the region.

I noted the difference here from the pulpit at the Citadel, which was more ornate and decorated with gold like the Vatican and cathedrals

I know that rabbis, preachers, imans, and priests are supposed to be humble servants. Yet I can’t help but wonder the effect that imposing pulpits play in building their egos. It must be a struggle and not everyone is able to remain humble when occupying a pulpit that draws the eyes of the congregation to them and confers a power of prominence. I imagine this is as true for the West as it is for the East.

Note the pattern on the rug. Makes it easier to know where you’re supposed to kneel.<!–

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