Through Advisory Opinions (AO), the Stated Clerk offers a well-researched opinion on a provision or interpretation of the Constitution that is not clearly defined in the church’s life. A Constitutional Musing (CM) is intended as a helpful reflection by OGA on a particular issue currently being considered by many councils. Neither AOs or CMs are binding and do not constitute an Authoritative Interpretation (AI), which is an interpretation of the Constitution that carries the authority of the General Assembly and is binding on the councils of the church.
The Office of Immigration Issues is a resource for Presbyterians, congregations and councils seeking to discern a faithful response to national and local immigration issues.
News & Statements
December 17, 2012
At Advent, we expectantly turn the page of a new liturgical calendar as we anticipate Christ’s coming, prepare for the story of the incarnation, and await Christ’s glorious return. Advent is a time of new beginnings and hopeful expectations. A time when the “now” and the “not yet” are held in an especially delicate tension. The cycle of days—both ordinary and extraordinary—begins anew.
In this season of new beginnings, our thoughts turn to congregations and individuals who are starting the new liturgical year—this year—outside the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Nowhere is our sense of the now and the not yet of Christian unity more apparent. New beginnings so often come with a sense of loss for what has been.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders express both encouragement and concern over Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona SB 1070
- June 25, 2012
- February 26, 2012
Constitutional Interpretation provides advice about the Book of Order and the Book of Confessions and staffs permanent and temporary entities of the General Assembly. Through the Office of Immigration, Constitutional Interpretation provides the church with legal, policy and advocacy resources on immigration issues.