Uniting Annual Report 2020-2021

Our mission, values and principles.

As part of the Uniting Church in Australia, our foundation is Christ’s invitation to serve humanity by creating a just, inclusive and connected 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.
Enliven communities so that everyone contributes.
Confront injustice so that everyone is included.

Our values guide our work every day.

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.