Presbytery of WNY

Statement from the Presbytery of Western New York on the events of Saturday, May 14:

The Presbytery of Western New York is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred at the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson on Saturday, May 14th in our City of Good Neighbors, Buffalo, New York.

We stand together with our faith community around Western New York in praying for the individuals who lost family and friends to this horrific event. We condemn hatred in all forms and, in this case, the hatred toward the black community through white supremacy.

Isaiah 1:17 says;

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed.

Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows”

We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and during this time we must stand united against racism.

May God fill us with comfort, strength and hope during this difficult time.

Statement from the Anti -Racism Task Group of the Presbytery of WNY

The Anti-Racism Task Group joins with the whole Presbytery in its condemnation of the horrific hate crime that occurred at Jefferson Avenue Tops Market on Saturday, May 14. We pray for the families of the victims, and for the whole neighborhood that has endured yet another act of racial hatred and violence. And we will keep praying for them.

But we commit to do more. As a group, we re-commit to our work of anti-racism. And we challenge the whole Presbytery to commit as a body to the work of anti-racism so that we may root it out in our communities, churches, state, and country. Events such as this remind us too well of the truth of Edmund Burke’s words (based on Psalm 94.1-3): The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (sic) to do nothing. We are not powerless in the face of tragedy. We can make a difference.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Presbytery office is closed. Our staff can still be reached by calling the main office number 716-668-1995.

Welcome to the Presbytery of Western New York!

Our Mission Statement: We are Christ's body, called together for discipleship, hospitality, and wholeness.

We are the regional governing body of a diverse group of 47 Presbyterian congregations, stretching across Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties. Our churches span from vibrant urban congregations in the heart of the city of Buffalo, to lively suburban congregations in areas surrounding the city, to joyful rural congregations in the farmlands that stretch out beyond Buffalo to the north, east, and south. From stately urban avenues and parkways, to the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River, to fields of grain and vineyards, our Presbyterian churches and their members can be found, worshiping and praising the Lord together, and working to carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ in our world. We are a member presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Synod of the Northeast.