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Advisory Committee on Litigation

This committee advises the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly regarding participation as an amicus party (friend of the court) in secular litigation related to matters of civil and religious liberty, relations between church and state, and any other matters arising out of the mission and interest of the church.     

Skills & Expertise Needed: The members of the committee, ordinarily, shall be lawyers, and the members shall be experienced in fields related to issues that may be the subject of legal proceedings in which the church is or may become involved. Experience and practice in federal constitutional law helpful, especially first amendment law.

Time Requirement: Meets at call of committee moderator. The committee ordinarily carries out its work by tele-conference calls, with one face to face meeting every two years.

Nominated by GANC: 6 At-Large – For a six year term.
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Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP)

ACSWP develops and recommends social witness policy to the General Assembly, which apply the Gospel to ethical concerns in the social order and in the church’s own life.

Our task:

  • Maintain and strengthen the prophetic voice of the church in conjunction with the General Assembly (GA) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA);

  • Provides the GA and PMA with a regular capacity to study the theological and ethical dimensions of emerging issues;

  • Gives the GA and PMA advice and counsel on overtures, reports and actions recommending policy direction or action on social witness;

  • Assists the GA and PMA to guide the whole church toward a better understanding of Christian social responsibility, both personal and corporate.

Our committee’s functions:

  • Prepare policy statements, resolutions, study papers and social involvement monitoring reports for consideration by the General Assembly and its Council;

  • Provide advice and counsel to all governing bodies - especially to the General Assembly and its Council - on possible positions to take on social policy questions and to interpret the General Assembly record on these matters;

  • Help the PMA and middle governing bodies evaluate and explore new forms of social witness, including the use of an interactive cyber journal

Skills & Expertise Needed: Persons should be able to write with skill and insight on theological/public policy matters. Intersectionality understanding as it applies to their own lives and the life of the church, nation, and world including race, women, and LGBTQ issues. Experience writing curriculum for adults or youth appreciated.

Time Requirement: Meets three times annually for a three-day meeting (9 days plus travel days as needed). In addition to these in person meetings, members may also serve on committee assignments. In the years that the General Assembly meets, there is an additional 3 day meeting for those attending General Assembly.

Nominated by GANC: 12 At-Large - for a four year term

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Advisory Committee on the Constitution

The Book of Order at G-6.02 provides for the establishment of an Advisory Committee on the Constitution. The Committee is composed of nine (9) voting members, teaching elders and ruling elders in numbers as nearly equal as possible.  The General Assembly provides by its own rule for the qualifications of members of the Advisory Committee on the Constitution.
 

The Organization for Mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), IV.C.3.a states the qualifications of members:
"The committee is composed of nine (9) voting members who shall be stated clerks or former stated clerks of synods or presbyteries, former members of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly, polity professors, or other qualified persons with knowledge of and experience with the Constitution and polity of the church."


All questions requiring an interpretation by the General Assembly of the Book of Order, including items of new business related to the Book of Order, but with the exception of those pertaining to matters pending before a judicial commission, are referred to the Advisory Committee on the Constitution. The Advisory Committee reports its findings to the General Assembly along with its recommendations and proposals for constitutional change.


The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly refers all timely filed proposals to amend the Book of Order to the Advisory Committee on the Constitution, which examines the proposed amendments for clarity and consistency of language and for compatibility with other provisions of the Constitution.

At least sixty days prior to the meeting of the General Assembly, the Advisory Committee reports its findings to the General Assembly along with its recommendations, which may include an amended version of any proposed constitutional changes as well as advice to accept or decline the proposals referred to the Committee.


Skills & Expertise Needed:

  • Experience and knowledge of polity and history of the church, including experience interpreting the Constitution within the councils of the church
 
  • Good writing and computer skills
 
  • Interest and ability to conduct extensive research
 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and make oral presentations
 
  • Ability to put in long work days
 
  • Ability to use electronic communications and access the Internet
 
  • Demonstrated willingness to work collegially and work through disagreements


Time Requirements:

The workload varies over a two-year cycle.  During the year following a meeting of the General Assembly, the time requirements are light, and the work can be accomplished in a couple of conference calls, which may take from 2 to 5 hours each.

During the year that concludes with the adjournment of a General Assembly the time commitments are moderate and some work will be done in conference calls.  During this year committee meetings require about sixteen long days of work. 

The fall meeting during the year before a General Assembly is typically accomplished over a weekend.  The spring meeting before a General Assembly lasts six days to consider proposed constitutional amendments and requests for interpretation of the Constitution.

All members are ordinarily expected to be present through the session of the General Assembly to advise the Assembly and its Moderator on constitutional questions. General Assembly attendance requires an eight-day time commitment. 

In addition to attendance at meetings, the work of the committee includes extensive preparation in the form of research and writing of draft responses to proposed constitutional amendments and requests for interpretation by the General Assembly. Assignments need to be completed and submitted before each meeting.

Nominated by the GANC: Nine (9) At-Large – One six-year term. 

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Advocacy Committee for Women's Concerns (ACWC)

The Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC) is called by the General Assembly to its work in a world where women experience injustice and oppression because of their gender. Affirming our Reformed tradition, Presbyterians recognize “the human tendency to idolatry and tyranny, which calls the people of God to work for the transformation of society by seeking justice and living in obedience to the Word of God” (Book of Order, F-2.05). The church is motivated by the painful recognition of sexism and has explicitly articulated in the Articles of Agreement (Section 5.6) its commitment to work against gender-based discrimination. The ACWC is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s contemporary fulfillment of this historic commitment.

ACWC has direct access to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and the General Assembly. The committee’s three primary responsibilities include:

  1. serving as a voice of advocacy on existing and emerging issues of justice both within the church and society;
  2. evaluating and monitoring policies, procedures, programs and resources regarding the way in which they impact the status and position of women; and
  3. giving the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency advice and counsel via overtures, resolutions, and reports recommending policy direction or action on justice issues.

The committee carries out these advocacy and monitoring functions in collaboration with the Racial Equity Advocacy Committee and the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.

Committee Composition:  ACWC is made up of twelve (12) members, including: two clergy women; one female church lay employee; the Presbyterian Women Churchwide Coordinating Team Vice Moderator for Justice and Peace; eight at-large members chosen to balance the committee with regards to geography, race, ethnicity, age, and expertise; at least four members are people of color; and at least two, but not more than three, are men.  Members may serve up to two four-year terms.

Skills & Expertise Needed:

  • Theological grounding around the importance of gender justice work
  • Systemic approach to interrupting patriarchy, misogyny, and sexism
  • Advocacy experience
  • Particular knowledge/experience sought currently: Reproductive Justice, Womanist or Feminist Theology, Gender Equity Analysis
  • Intersectional approach to gender justice advocacy work
  • Commitment to remaining informed on current events relevant to gender justice
  • Familiarity with or willingness to become familiar with Presbyterian policy
  • Writing ability
  • Access and commitment to regularly checking email is also necessary as this is the primary means of communication for the committee.

Time Requirement: ACWC meets three times annually for three days each meeting. A few members will also attend Advice and Counsel meetings in April of General Assembly years and the General Assembly.

Additional committee and working group assignments plus travel time can bring the total to 12-20 days per year. Much of the work of the committee occurs between meetings, so committee members should expect to devote some individual time to the work of ACWC. Members should also be prepared to participate in occasional conference calls and regular email correspondence between meetings.

Nominated by GANC: 10 At-Large (7 At-Large; 3 At-Large from designated categories) – For a four-year term.
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Board of Pensions (BOP)

Four basic functions have been assigned, by the General Assembly, to this board:

  1. design and administer a comprehensive program of pension, medical, and other benefits for ministers, missionaries, and certain other church workers;
  2. design and administer a program of financial assistance to help meet needs that are beyond the scope of the pension and benefits;
  3. establish and operate retirement housing for eligible retirees and their spouses; and
  4. receive, invest, and disburse the funds required to support these plans and programs for the sole and exclusive benefit of members and beneficiaries of the assistance and home programs.

Currently twenty-nine (29) At-Large Members, no more than 40% may be teaching elders. One Board member may be nominated upon recommendation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. Election is for a term of four years, with eligibility for a second term, but in no event may a director serve more than eight consecutive years.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Needed: Benefit plan design; managing a large charitable trust or foundation; employee benefits administration; health, death, and disability plans; insurance; investment; the actuarial sciences; law; or government relations. A broad understanding of and commitment to the church and team skills.

Time Requirement: Regular meetings, 2-3 days in duration, are held three times a year in February or March, in June or July, and in October. There may be special meetings at the call of the chairperson.

Nominated by GANC: 29 At-Large – For a four year term.
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Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA)

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Office of the General Assembly will encourage the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be a people of hope; seeking together the mind of Christ, working for justice and mercy in the world, and participating in God’s continual reformation of the church. 

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) carries out the assembly’s oversight of the Stated Clerk and the Office of the General Assembly between sessions of the assembly and provides a linkage with the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.   The committee includes fourteen elected members, the Moderator of the General Assembly, and a member of the PMA Board.  The Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency sits as a corresponding member.

The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly understands ecclesiology as mission, calling us to engage in making the current and future church a more faithful reflection of the body of Christ.  Among the specific responsibilities of COGA are:  to oversee the annual review of the Stated Clerk and the Clerk’s constitutional responsibilities; to review and coordinate the Stated Clerk’s plans for the General Assembly docket, business referrals and programs; to consult with the Moderator concerning worship and committee leadership at the assembly;  to propose to each assembly a location and date for subsequent meetings of the assembly; to consider and approve any staffing rationale changes to the Office of the General Assembly; oversee OGA’s work with mid councils; provide advice as the Stated Clerk serves as chief ecumenical officer of the denomination; work with the Presbyterian Historical Society Board to ensure the maintenance of assembly and national records; and working jointly with the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, to recommend a per capita budget to each assembly.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Persons elected to serve on the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly should be: grounded in the Constitution of the PC(USA) and its polity including the relationships of the church’s councils, ecumenical and justice ministries;  able to work well as part of a team that celebrates diversity and engagement;  creative and energetic in leadership; competent in financial administration, communications and technology; and able to think strategically about the program and format of General Assemblies.

Time Requirement: Approximately 13 days each year which includes three meetings (Fall, Winter, Spring), attendance at General Assembly, monthly video conferences and occasional participation in sub committees.

Nominated by GANC: 14 At-Large – For a four-year term.

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Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI)

The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) is responsible for implementing General Assembly policy related to the long-term investments of Presbyterian-related entities. MRTI assists the church at all levels to utilize its investments as key instruments to promote its mission goals in society. MRTI provides leadership for effective engagement of the private sector in partnership with faith-based and values-based investors in the United States, and in collaboration with indigenous churches, ecumenical bodies and local groups in other nations. Current priority issues include climate change, human rights, environmental racism, advancing the rights of women, and child sex trafficking.

Committee Composition: Two (2) from membership of Presbyterian Mission Agency Board; two (2) from the board of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation Inc.; two (2) from the board of the Board of Pensions; one (1) each named by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, Advocacy Committee Women's Concerns, and Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (usually from the membership of these advisory committees); three (3) At-Large members.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Knowledge of the PC(USA), its policies, structures and reality is desired. Knowledge and experience with social issues, particularly as they relate to corporations is important. Persons with backgrounds in ethics, business, law, investments and advocacy as well as persons who bring experience from congregations with investment policies for their endowments and related-institutions (i.e. campus ministry, higher education). MRTI also benefits from members with theological training.

Time Requirements: Meets three times annually -- two face-to-face meetings (usually one in the spring and one in the fall) and one committee-wide conference call.

Nominated by GANC: 3 At-Large – For a four year term.
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