Uniting Annual Report 2019-2020

Our mission, values and principles.

As part of the Uniting Church in Australia, our foundation is Christ’s invitation to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world. Formed in 1977, as a union of Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist denominations, the Church’s inaugural Statement to the Nation is just as relevant now, as it was more than 40 years ago. From the outset, the Uniting Church sought to be a loud voice for a world that’s fair and equitable, to always welcome everyone exactly as they are, and to protect God’s creation and the planet we all live on.

Mission is in our DNA.

In the Uniting Church founding document, Basis of Union, our mission is described as ‘reconciliation and renewal … for the whole creation’. In God’s eyes we are all equal. By respecting and valuing everyone exactly as they are, by listening to them, by recognising that the adversity people face doesn’t define them, and by seeking to serve them and involve them, we are upholding people’s dignity.

Our mission is reflected in our values and our ethical principles, in our person-centred care, and in our social justice and advocacy campaigns. We are mission-driven, rather than profit-driven. Mission is in our DNA.

Our missional principles

Inspire people so that everyone is valued.
Dignity of every person
We recognise the essential worth and rights of every person, especially those whose rights are discounted, or who are excluded from full participation in society. They must be at the heart of everything we do.
Needs of the whole person
We recognise that human beings are whole persons with unique physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs and strengths.
Social and economic inclusion
We acknowledge the corrosive effects of inequality and affirm that the poor and marginalised must be our focus.
Enliven communities so that everyone contributes.
Community wellbeing

We will actively seek conditions that contribute to communal wellbeing. We recognise that people need to be valued as part of a community and engage in healthy relationships, to thrive.

Unity

We inhabit one planet and affirm the mutuality and interdependence between all people, our fellow creatures and the earth.

Confront injustice so that everyone is included.
Promotion of human rights
We affirm the inherent dignity and worth of every person, which being created in the image of God bestows on them. We are bound to observe and safeguard each person’s inalienable human rights.
Reconciliation
We need to listen, seeking to understand people and communities, as we strive towards inclusion of all races, cultures and religions and celebrate multiculturalism as part of our Uniting Church and Australian identity. This includes recognition of the rights and dignity of First Peoples and their unique place in our nation.
Solidarity
We will promote the active participation of those affected by injustice as we seek to influence social policy and confront the causes of inequality and disadvantage.

Our values guide our work everyday.

Compassionate

We are nurturing, generous and thoughtful in our words and deeds.

Respectful

We act with integrity, and open our hearts to all people without exception. 

Imaginative

We challenge convention, explore new possibilities and dare to dream for a better future. 

Bold

We face injustice head on and stand up for what is right and true with confidence and strength. 

Our ethics support our decisions.

Our ethical principles were developed to support decision-making within the context of the Uniting Church’s foundation and Uniting’s organisational purpose, mission and values. We believe that our humanity is reflected in the quality of our relationships with each other and with the planet, and that ethical decisions will always support and enhance these relationships.

Our ethical principles

Take accountability for making the biggest positive difference for people. 

Give preference to the interests of the most disadvantaged.

Listen, understand and then act with courage, empowering people through self-determination.

Adopt and apply the highest professional standards within our constraints.

Address organisational sustainability so that we can continue our mission. 

Seek transparency in communications with our stakeholders. 

Acknowledge that our decisions seek equity, recognising that equity and equality are not always the same.