Thank you to the many people who brought the 2018 Fossil Fuel Divestment Overture to their congregation and Presbytery so that it will be considered at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis in June, 2018. Our overture is officially listed as 


[08-01] On Directing the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation to Divest from Fossil Fuel and Actively Invest in Securities That Focus on Renewable Energy


Click here for the briefing paper for GA Committee 8, prepared by Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.


NOTE that Hudson River Presbytery passed our overture in July 2017, so it is the "sponsoring" Presbytery, and all other presbyteries who passed the overture are "concurring" Presbyteries. Click here for a list of the 40 Presbyteries who are supporting Overture 08-01.


On this page you'll find the resources you need to bring an overture to your congregation and Presbytery.


Overtures are made of two pieces: a recommendation to General Assembly (stating what we’d like the body to do) and a rationale (explaining why we think that’s the right thing to do).


For overtures from different presbyteries to be considered the same, the recommendations need to be identical, but the rationales can differ. Below are two versions of the overture with identical recommendations, but different rationales. Feel free to edit the rationale section to appeal to your own Presbytery.  


As you're preparing to present, we commend these materials to you, written by Megan Gregory of Salem Presbytery. There are options and resources for both short and longer presentations.  


Have questions, need support, or just want to let us know that you're working on this project? Email us at and a member of the steering committee will be in touch.


Download the overture with a rationale approved by FFPCUSA Steering Committee. ¡Ahora en español and Korean!

Overture in English
FFPCUSA 223rd overture FINAL.docx
Microsoft Word Document 21.7 KB
Overture in Spanish
translated by Neddy Astudillo
Spanish_FFPCUSA_Overture (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 380.0 KB
Overture in Korean
translated by Hayoung Kang and Nayoung Ha
FFFPCUSA 223rd Overture (Korean).pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 400.1 KB

How to Submit an Overture.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 239.3 KB

Interested in how to submit an overture? Check out this resource.

223rd GA Overture for San Jose Presbyter
Microsoft Word Document 20.4 KB

Overture with a rationale for a Presbytery that is very aware of the arguments for divestment

Heartland Overture 2018.docx
Microsoft Word Document 17.3 KB

Overture with a rationale from Heartland Presbytery

Talking Points for 223rd G.docx
Microsoft Word Document 12.7 KB