My guest today is Lis Valle we met at Vanderbilt Divinity School because we both love the intersection of visual and performing arts and the ways they help us explore our faith. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University in the Homiletics and Liturgics Program. She has more than 30 years of experience in acting, and more than 20 years of experience directing and using theatre as a means for education and transformation. She also has a law degree from University of Puerto Rico. Lis is an ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the mom of Jotam (21) and Kemuel (13). Is there anything she hasn’t done …
A story about the first time Lis learned about cultural stereotypes. “I learned to bat the ball and run home to turn the rice.” When was the first time you knew the rules were different for your gender?
Dr. Ana Ines Braulio — mentor and leader
Lis explains how her mother’s story impacts her own story. How does your mom effect your story?
Lis navigates her call to preach and teach while also being a woman. What do you do “like a girl?”
How do you exist as sexy and _____? Lis is a young, pretty, sexy, woman pastor (I am too!).
“A patriarchal system locks people of every gender and sexual orientation within the social construct. Everyone within that system is being hurt and so when a particular man doesn’t treat me the way I expect to be treated… I remove myself from that situation knowing that he is as victimized by that situation, but I’m also not going to stay there.” It’s up to me to not let them hurt me