Ugly Email from Montvale Hater Cynthia Planker

By | May 11, 2022
Montvale NJ town of hate

One of the claims made by the dissidents in the Montvale haters is that they don’t espouse anti-LGBTQ hatred. This is part of their gaslighting efforts, which are yet another form of abusive conduct.

The following letter was sent by church neighbor Cynthia Planker to the church and to the Episcopal bishop of Newark. In it, we see a dog whistle about “flags representing one portion of the population,” which doubtless is a reference to the Pride flag on church property. She goes on to say that the “source” of the flag is the devil.

And while Planker decries divisiveness, she does not see any issues with her comments equating a symbol of the LGBTQ community with the devil. Clearly, cogent reasoning is not her strong suit. And while she is dispensing advice to others on how to live into their faith, Planker appears blind to the words in Proverbs: “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” In other words, who asked her to get involved? And she comes right out and says she’s a gossip:

Being in the geographical community, friends have communicated to me that members of this church have been shunned, and the pastor has rejected pastoral visit requests to the elderly and widowed. I share this so you know what is being said around town.

But what is most telling is that none other than Jeff Piatt circulated this message in an email he sent to clergy in the Diocese of Newark. Yet nowhere did he denounce Planker’s rhetoric, say that he disagreed, or in any way distance himself from the content.

Res ipsa loquitor — the thing speaks for itself.

Note: Planker’s husband appears to be the owner of  BP Electrical Contracting Co., located in Montvale. He also appears to work as an electric subcode official for New Milford.

From: Cynthia Planker <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, Feb 26, 2022 at 6:37 PM
Subject: St. Pauls Montvale NJ
To: <[email protected]>

An important element of my ministry… is to nurture and guide our capacity to build relationships with neighbors locally or on the other side of the globe.”

 As our nation and world struggle with divisiveness and fragmented communities, the Diocese of Newark is an active and united community of diverse people in relationship with each other, with neighbors, and with all of creation. A community where God’s love, justice, and equality are lived and shared in tangible ways that go far beyond toleration or mere acceptance. God has created and called us to be loving, compassionate, and deeply spiritual beings who thrive in Beloved Community.

Without a doubt the most important work of the Diocese is nurturing the community of God’s love, compassion, and justice with our neighbors and the wider world. In the end it seems the only way to healing, reconciliation, wholeness, and vital communities is a restoring God’s love, compassion and justice in the life we share together. When this happens we are the Beloved Community.”

 Ms. Hughes,

Above are quotes taken from your bio, C.J. Hughes, on the Episcopal Diocese of Newark website.

I am not a member of your church in Montvale. I am not an Episcopalian. I live on Woodland Rd in Montvale, NJ, close to the St Paul’s Episcopal church.

I am a seeker and I regularly study the Bible.

Whatever is going on in this church is troubling me, and some others I know in the community.

I have attached photos that are indicative of the divisiveness and provocative nature stirring in this church. This is not the way to invite and encourage “God’s love, justice and equality” being  lived. If I had to guess at the source of the sentiments behind signs to the community saying “stay out”, “no sledding”, “private property” and flags representing one segment of the population, I call that source the devil himself.

What fruit of the spirit do these actions represent?

This church has been an integral part of our community with families sledding, children playing on the “church hill” as we called it and people walking the long and beautiful driveway with a friend or their dog/s. Now we are to keep out.

The beautiful bells that play old hymns regularly, sounding a strong  and peaceful message of God’s love to the surrounding area now sounds slightly out of tune

I believe the Bible, and my heart, are quite clear that we are to live as Jesus taught us to live. Developing the fruits of the spirit over time, until our spontaneous behavior is in alignment with God’s will.

God is merciful, forgiving, loving.

Someone ought to get it together at your church; humble themselves, confess their sin and ask God and their community for forgiveness.

Being in the geographical community, friends have communicated to me that members of this church have been shunned, and the pastor has rejected pastoral visit requests to the elderly and widowed. I share this so you know what is being said around town.

I checked out the facebook page to try to get a sense of what the situation is and found that newcomers are asked to “register” in order to attend services, what would Jesus say?

I also found politically charged posts from the pastor, judging the town leaders. Who does that from the pulpit? Clearly episcopalians are using different guidelines for their behavior than what I have been exposed to in my search for Christian fellowship.

Cynthia Planker

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Real talk: Seeing how ugly it this whole thing has gotten on both ends, as well as the number of other scandals recorded in relatively recent times, has made me come to the conclusion that maybe it is time for the The Episcopal Church to just die.

It seems plagued with petty drama, sexual and financial scandals, and all around gaslighting. It seems more like a social club with an occasional sermon, concerned with adopting trendy political positions (I sincerely doubt the leadership believes in them), reminding people passive aggressively that it is historically the church of the rich, and making sure their kids get into named brands schools. This church seems fine with helping the poor as long as they are out of sight and not seen in their communion or cathedral during work hours; fine with being nice to someone’s face but talking behind their back and then throwing their grievances to their face only as ammo.

No. I know it may to say this, but maybe it is time for The Episcopal Church to end up in the dustbin of history. It is a shell of its former self. Point blank, that may have been good marketing in the first place.

Apologies to the editor. I don’t mean for this to come as cruel, I just needed to get it off my chest…


Holy Toledo. Planker’s comments reflect everything I hate about organized religion. Yet when a church closes, it’s the Plankers of the world who shake their heads and say, “I don’t understand. It was such a loving place.”

Would also love to know how Piatt got a copy. Sounds like the answer is in the line, “friends have communicated to me.”

Birds of a feather.