LGBT FLoAD has recorded brief conversations with LGBT faith leaders who serve those of African Descent. The videos were recorded at St. Philip’s Church and produced by Robert Penn productions. St. Philip’s Church is an historic location in its own right.
(From their website) “Since 1809, St. Philip’s Church-through its clergy and congregation, its tradition and service, its goals and dreams has been an institution of major spiritual and civic importance in the Harlem community. Our history is a rich and memorable one, reaching back to 1704 when Elias Neau, a former galley slave turned prosperous businessman, opened a School for Negroes under the auspices of the London-based Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. The Christian family now known as “St. Philip’s” traces its origins to this beginning.
After worshiping for almost a century under the supervision of Trinity Church on Wall Street on Sunday afternoons, in 1809, these African American parishioners formed their own community of worship-the Free African Church of St. Philip. They laid the foundation of what became, in 1818, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the first African-American Episcopal parish in the City of New York. Over the years, the congregation flourished, and by the 1950s, St. Philip’s was the largest Christian congregation in the United States. As the neighborhood began to change, the parish ministry increasingly reached out to the wider community.”
The clips were produced by Robert Penn productions (www.robertpenn.net). Robert Penn productions provides a full range of video related services, including: concept development; scripting, script critique and doctoring; one- and multi- camera productions; editing and other post-production; and training. We are very pleased to have worked with him, and we’re pleased with the results!
We’re grateful to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and Robert Penn productions for working with us on these video clips. Stay tuned for the videographed words of inspiration from some prominent clergy in our community. LGBT FLoAD will plan an event that will be open to the public to announce their release.