Written by Christine C. Quinn Thursday, 04 June 2009 08:04(The following is an open letter from former Glen Cove Resident and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove and Chair of the Annual Pride Committee.)
Greetings to each of you gathered here at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove’s “Week of Pride.” Each day, millions of New Yorkers turn to religion for guidance, comfort and wisdom. And while this gesture takes many different forms – a testament to the wonderful diversity of religious observance that takes place peacefully here in New York – a common thread is an unwavering commitment to helping those in need.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of the First Presbyterian Church. For 140 years, this church has been a cornerstone of the Glen Cove community, offering spiritual uplift, moral guidance and essential services to those who need them most, regardless of their background. By creating an open and inclusive environment the church has helped to strengthen the bonds that unite this community. Whether providing the homeless with
shelter and access to a nurse, donating food and money to a local soup kitchen, or sponsoring programs that meet the needs of the LGBT community, the First Presbyterian Church has worked tirelessly to give back to its community and embrace all New Yorkers.
As speaker of the council and a proud former resident of Glen Cove, it is my distinct pleasure to commend Pastor Elisabeth K. Simpson, Gaitley Stevenson-Matthews and the members of the First Presbyterian Church for all that they are doing to serve their fellow residents and make New York a more inclusive place. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the many sponsors whose hard work and dedication made this week’s events possible.
Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful event. Happy Pride!
New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn