Following her sermon on “The Death of Sunday School” the congregation was revved up with members coming up to me to talk about how to implement new ideas. Denise does it in such a way, we don’t feel shamed but instead feel excited. Things happen when Denise is around.
Denise has filled in beautifully with unexpected absences of guest speaker and the RE Director, doing a wonderful job in both roles. Her confidence is very reassuring to others. I see Denise as a thought leader in a larger congregation. She holds the big picture, has a great handle on the mission and can raise positive energy.
Denise goes out of her way to include material sources from marginalized people (disabled, people of color, LGBTQ+, poor, immigrants and more) to remind us of our opportunities to welcome all.
Denise embraces fundraising and her messages around that have been the most effective I've seen in 13 years in this congregation.
In the 18 months that you have shared yourself with us I have found your worship services to be well-organized and thoroughly prepared. You speak your prayers and sermons from prepared texts, but do so with strong evidence of hours of practice instead of appearing to be out-right reading them.
I am grateful for your work in leading us toward becoming a congregation that is informed about and welcoming of all gender expressions. This is completely new learning for me. I have known trans people, but did not understand anything about non-binary identities. It is thanks to you and your teaching that I at least know the last word in the previous sentence should be plural. Ain't I evolved, huh?
You have been warm and friendly to all of us. You will be missed.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with Denise Cawley on our Pastoral Care Committee. She brings new light, compassion and ideas which made our team stronger. She spent time with some of our church families that needed it the most. Always speaks with love, openness to all.
Denise also took charge of our Transgender program and help workshops which drew many people from not only our congregation, but from the community at large. These workshops were so deeply beneficial and taught us more than we thought we knew.
I very much enjoy her preaching on the pulpit. She expresses with her whole being and her meditations bring a sense of calmness and humanness. She’s a great listener and truly cares about people. Denise is a gifted artist which she shares in her ministry. Our congregation has benefited from her asking us to draw, fill in her handouts and writing our thoughts on paper. When we have completed our papers or assignments, we then can bring them home to guide us with continuing our spiritual practices in the comfort of our home. I find this extremely beneficial to grow along spiritual lines.