The below letter was sent to the Monitor by the Presbytery of Utica, signed by 18 local reverends. It has been edited only for formatting and given a title for this article. Hamilton College did not respond to Monitor's request for comment on the letter, and has not issued any public statements on a supposed "new direction" for the Chaplaincy Office since dismissing College Chaplain Jeff McArn without accusation of wrongdoing in June. Two employees of the Chaplaincy resigned in protest in July.
We are shocked and dismayed to learn that the Rev. Jeff McArn was recently dismissed
from the position of chaplain of Hamilton College after twenty-seven years of dedicated
Rev. McArn was ordained by the Presbytery of Utica on October 26, 1996. He began
service as chaplain the very next day. This has been his only pastoral call, and he has
served in this capacity with the highest distinction.
Rev. McArn’s character is sterling, his credibility beyond reproach. His faithfulness to
the work and witness of the Presbytery of Utica has been exemplary. The social justice
causes he has supported in the course of his ministry are innumerable, his energy for
those causes boundless.
Jeff is a much beloved friend and colleague. As minister members of the Presbytery of Utica, we stand by and with him, offering our full-throated support.
Rev. Dennis Dewey
Rev. Dr. John Wilde
Rev. JeanAnne Swope
Rev. Betsy Jay
Rev. Dr. Sam Pendergrast
Rev. Susan Poole Solomon
Rev. Dr. Robert Umidi
Rev. Dr. Naomi Kelly
Rev. James Ulrich
Rev. Aemina Razzano
Rev. Dr. Janet Hoover
Rev. Chet Lippy
Rev. Martha Miller
Rev. Victor McKusick
Rev. Stuart Wattles
Rev. Ed Townsend
Rev. Dr. Sue Riggle
Rev. Judith Westerhoff