LI Council of Churches to meet on removal of executive director – New York News

The Long Island Council of Churches is set to meet Thursday morning to discuss the controversial removal of its executive director, the Rev. Dyanne Pina.

The council’s executive committee, the umbrella group for 800 Christian churches on Long Island, said it eliminated the position on Friday for financial reasons.

Pina and her supporters, however, said she was fired in part for exposing the dysfunction of the organization and poor management by longtime council leaders.

Two members of the council’s board of directors told Newsday they will call for Pina to be reinstated. The full board has 31 members.

The controversy has spread beyond the council, with Pina also drawing support from members of outside groups, including Muslim and Jewish organizations.

She assumed the post in June 2016 at an annual salary of $81,000. She was the first woman and the first African-American to lead the council since its founding in 1969.

The Rev. Marjorie Nunes, a board member who was outraged by the ouster, said she plans to call for Pina’s…

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