On this page you’ll find the resources you need to bring the 2018 Fossil Fuel Divestment Overture to your congregation and Presbytery so that it can be considered at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis in June, 2018. 


NOTE that Hudson River Presbytery passed our overture in July 2017, so it is the "sponsoring" Presbytery, and all other presbyteries who pass the overture will become "concurring" Presbyteries. Our overture is officially listed as 


[OVT-006] 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


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 ffpcusa@gmail.com and a member of the steering committee will be in touch.



Supporting Presbyteries

  1. Hudson River (originating presbytery)
  2. San Jose
  3. Boston
  4. Northwest Coast
  5. San Francisco
  6. Southeastern Illinois
  7. Mid-Kentucky
  8. Heartland
  9. New York City
  10. Shenandoah  
  11. de Cristo
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. Northern New York
  14. New Brunswick
  15. Seattle
  16. National Capital
  17. Palisades
  18. Newton
  19. Long Island
  20. Florida
  21. Wabash Valley
  22. San Juan
  23. Redwoods
  24. Charlotte
  25. Southern New England
  26. Chicago
  27. Missouri River Valley
  28. Des Moines
  29. Sacramento
  30. Blackhawk
  31. Salem
  32. Presbytery of the Pacific
  33. Susquehanna Valley
  34. New Castle
  35. Cascades
  36.    Denver
  37.   Geneva
  38. Giddings-Lovejoy
  39. Upper Ohio Valley 
  40. Muskingum

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