For Immediate Release

Over the last month, at least a dozen bias-related incidents have occurred on the campus of Syracuse University.

As people of faith from Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties who make up the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, we rise to reaffirm our condemnation of racism and white supremacy.

As people of faith we draw upon scripture and the historic confessions of the church, which clearly asserts that all of us are made in the image of God, and that all are children of God.

As people of faith we acknowledge our own complicity in the systems that have created and sustained systemic racism, and pledge that we will continue to work to challenge our own failure as a church to react in meaningful ways.

As people of faith we stand with the students, faculty and employees of Syracuse University demanding that effective reform measures that support a more inclusive academic community be implemented.


Karen Chamis, resource presbyter
Ben Fitzgerald-Fye, stated clerk
Tom Oak, moderator
Monica Styron, vice-moderator

The Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse is comprised of thirty-eight congregations and one new worshiping community in Central New York State and is part of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.