About Uniting Mission & Education

About Uniting Mission & Education

Uniting Mission & Education was formed in 2012, and brings together the work of the Board of Mission and the Board of Education.

Uniting Mission & Education (UME) is an arm of the Uniting Church in Australia, NSW/ACT Synod.

UME staff are here to assist the Church to provide education, theological insight, strategy, research and resources for leadership, discipleship, ministry and mission to serve Christ who rules and renews the Church and seeks the reconciliation of creation.  Our approach is to encourage a creative and pioneering spirit; to contextualise; to be a prophetic voice; model what we are about; and engage in reflective practice.

From the Synod Bylaws… The objects of UME are to:

  • assist the Church and equip the Synod to provide education, theological insight, strategy, research and resources for leadership, discipleship, ministry and mission to serve Christ who rules and renews the Church and seeks the reconciliation of creation”;
  • promote theological, missional and spiritual reflection and activity across the life of the Synod;
  • encourage and advocate for creative and life- giving mission and ministry practice appropriate to the context;
  • advocate on educational issues and oversee the provision of educational services;
  • engage in research, resource development and education for mission and ministry;
  • actively promote collaboration in mission and education across the Synod and the councils of the Church.

Our work within the Synod of NSW and the ACT has been guided by the Pathways project, a listening campaign conducted across the whole Synod in 2017-18.  Pathways found that Uniting Church members in this Synod are: followers of Jesus, diverse, inclusive and committed to social justice.

Presbyteries, Congregations and members communicated that they want us to work together to:

  • Develop an understanding of the gospel that we can confidently articulate in the public square;
  • Renew our internal relationships so that resources can flow to mission opportunities; and
  • Rebuild our external relationships so that the God’s love and grace can flow to our communities.