Considering the recent negativity affecting our pastor, our church, and the members of the LGBTQ+ community, the Session members of the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia confirm our Core Value that states we are ”A beloved community that celebrates our lives together, while fostering an environment in which to grow in faith through a spirit of openness, inclusiveness, mutual acceptance, and respect.” https://cazpres.org/mission
We appreciate the following words of support from a current member that draws attention to our fulfilling this stated Core Value:
“My wife and I would like to express our whole-hearted support for Pastor Anna and her work in the Cazenovia community. As some of the younger members of the congregation, we know that there’s a possibility our voices are not as loud as others. As a growing family, we know that we’re limited in our capacity to be as involved in the church as others. But Cazenovia First Presbyterian is the only church in town that we feel comfortable attending, and that is solely, 100% due to Pastor Anna’s welcoming attitude and community involvement – especially in the summer Pride events and in supporting H Grey and other local businesses.
We have seen Pastor Anna’s efforts to reach out to those in the community who are often overlooked. Her Lent Minecraft series and involvement with younger members, the support of local charity, her tireless availability for anyone in the congregation who is in need. The way she carries the burdens and joys of all of us and the way she presents the church to the community is rare in a church leader. My wife and I have both had our fill of church leaders who don’t act as they preach. Pastor Anna shows a different way.”