The Conference budget discussion spread across three plenaries: Friday’s afternoon plenary, an added Friday evening plenary, and Saturday’s morning plenary. Following Friday’s shortened dinner break, there was discussion about how the Conference budget reflects our priorities. Two amendments were proposed that would shift funding to ministry areas that saw budget cuts with the proposed budget and spending plan. Both amendments were not supported.
Discussion of the budget continued on Saturday. A motion was made by Rev. Abigail Browka for CF&A to lead the production of a narrative budget that includes one paragraph describing the ministry and priorities of each line item in our 2018 ministry share budget for the 2017 Annual Conference to be posted on the UNYAC website at least two weeks prior to the 2017 resolutions and petitions deadline of February 1, 2017. Rev. Natalie Hanson of Jamestown UMC brought forth an amendment for this motion that through March and April of 2017, there be regional listening and interpretation gatherings for the entire conference. This would include any other significant actions like sale of properties. Both the motion and amendment were supported.
Saturday morning, the 2017 budget was approved.
Editor’s Note: A full story on the budget will be available next week.