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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


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    New Leaders Approved for 2024

    June 2, 2023 / By Tara Barnes, Director of Denominational Relations, United Women in Faith

    The Upper New York Conference Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development report to the 2023 Annual Conference was presented by Ian Urriola, chair of the committee, who opened his report by singing the hymn “Are We Yet Alive.”

    He reminded attendees of the Conference’s mission to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places.

    “These leaders go above and beyond to make sure the work of our annual conference actually happens. From ensuring that our clergy retirees’ livelihoods are secure to enfleshing our goal to eradicate racism and white supremacy. From caring for our property to caring for our people. From advocating for the least of these at the societal level to aligning our budget with our values. From sharing the Gospel to sharing our story. All of that and more happens because of the people serving on our Conference teams, boards, and agencies.”

    Ian presented names of those nominated to serve on Conference and District boards and committees, referring members to the addendum report found on the conference website.

    Nominations were taken from the floor to fill vacant positions and accepted. The nomination report with additions were supported.

    Because New York State law requires trustee nominations to be elected by paper ballot, Bishop Héctor Burgos Núñez oversaw the distribution and collection of ballots, the results of which be announced at a later plenary.

    “One of the core lessons the past few years we need to take away from the past few years is how important it is for us to take care of one another,” Ian said. “That’s what it means to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places.”

    The Nominations and Leadership Development report and recommendations can be found in the Journal updates. Are you feeling called to serve? Send an e-mail to unynominations@unyumc.org.

    TAGGED / 2023 Annual Conference


    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."