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  • Action of the 217th General Assembly (2006) regarding Israel/Palestine

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Actions and recommendations from the 217th General Assembly regarding Israel/Palestine.

  • Actions of the 218th General Assembly (2008)

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The 218th General Assembly (2008) addressed some actions to various parts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): governing bodies, synods, presbyteries, sessions, congregations, the whole church, and PC(USA) related seminaries and theological institutions.

    The following statements do not contain the entire action. Please refer to the Minutes of the General Assembly for an in-depth review of these actions, which will soon be posted to the following website (as a pdf file): http://www.pcusa.org/oga/publications.htm. Scroll down to the middle of the page where it says Minutes of the General Assembly. You can also click ...

  • Advisory Opinion - Administrative Commissions

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    • What is a Commission?
    • What is an Administrative Commission (AC)?
    • How does a Commission differ from a Committee or Task Force?
    • What are some functions that may be entrusted to an administrative commission?
    • What are some functions that may be entrusted to an administrative commission?
    • How does a council create an administrative commission and who can serve on an Administrative Commission?
    • What does it mean for a presbytery to assume original jurisdiction and how does this relate to administrative commissions?
    • Can an administrative commission dissolve a pastoral relationship?
  • Advisory Opinion - Administrative Review

    From Office of the General AssemblyConstitutional Interpretation

    • What is Administrative Review?
    • What does Administrative Review entail?
    • How does Administrative Review relate to Administrative Commissions and the Rules of Discipline?
  • Advocacy: Putting Love of Neighbor Into Action

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Non-profit organizations and faith based groups across the country help organize efforts to bring about change in US immigration laws, offer direct services to immigrants, and provide resources for individuals to undergird their efforts. Immigration is a national issue and requires the support and actions of people  everywhere in order to be effective.

  • AgJobs

    From Office of the General AssemblyImmigration

    Farms rely on immigrant labor to help plant, tend, and harvest the fruits and vegetables that are grown in the US. These are low-paying low skill jobs that historically US citizens have been hesitant to take. To help meet the needs of farmers, the US government has a temporary worker program known as the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program. However, demand far outweighs the availability of these visas. There are three million agricultural jobs that are available each year. Yet in 2007 the Department of State issued 50,791 H-2A visas. The very limited number of visas available for ...

  • Alcohol Use & Abuse - Social and Health Effects

    From Office of the General Assembly

    Report and Recommendation on the Social and Health Effects of Alcohol Use and Abuse and Implementation of an Expanded Churchwide Address to Alcohol-Related Problems.

    The 196th General Assembly (1984) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting in Phoenix Arizona, in June of 1984 noted that, "though past General Assemblies have made several specific statements dealing with the concerns of alcohol, there has been no major policy study for several years and there is a need for a deeper and broader understanding and strategy to deal with the social and health effects of the abuse of alcohol as a public ...

  • All-Black Governing Bodies

    From Office of the General Assembly

    The History and Contributions of All-Black Governing Bodies in the Predecessor Denominations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    All-Black Governing Bodies
    The History and Contributions of All-Black Governing Bodies in the Predecessor Denominations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)The History and Contributions of All-Black Governing Bodies in the Predecessor Denominations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Amending our Constitution

    From Office of the General Assembly

    This is the time of year when OGA is asked a series of questions about amending our Constitution.

    This document is an attempt to provide timely answers to aid your presbytery in dealing with amendments. We expect that all three booklets of the Proposed Amendments should arrive in your offices within the next few days.

  • Assembly in Brief: 220th General Assembly (2012)

    From Office of the General Assembly220th General Assembly (2012)

    This 12-page booklet contains stories and photographs from the 220th General Assembly (2012).

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