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Constitutional Interpretation

Constitutional Interpretation

Quick link: Online Annotated Book of Order

About Us
Constitutional Interpretation is a department of the Office of the General Assembly concentrating on:

Publications and Resources

  • Authoritative Interpretations (AI). An AI is an interpretation of the Constitution that carries the authority of the General Assembly and is binding on the councils of the church.
  • 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. An AO is not binding and does not constitute an Authoritative Interpretation.
  • Constitutional Musings (CM). A Constitutional Musing is intended as a helpful reflection by OGA on a particular issue currently being considered by many councils. A CM is not binding and does not constitute an Authoritative Interpretation.
  • Polity resources. Constitutional Corner archive and other resources.

Helpful Links

General Assembly Permanent Judicial Decisions
Safe Churches and Sexual Misconduct

Associated Committees/Commissions

Advisory Committee on the Constitution
Advisory Committee on Litigation
General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission
Rules of Discipline Task Force
Task Force for Safe and Sacred Space

News & Statements


Laurie Griffith
Associate Director for
Constitutional Interpretation
1.888.728.7228 x5432

Flor Vélez-Díaz
Manager for Judicial Process
1.888.728.7228 x5434

Diane Minter
Manager of Administration
1.888.728.7228 x5421