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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


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