The purpose of the Uniting Ministry and Missions Network (UMMN) is to learn from the diversity of Uniting Church agencies and parish missions for the sake of learning, reflection and leadership development.
Joining our annual gatherings will expose you to the organisational and theological diversity which is alive in the Uniting Church in Australia. This is a unique learning, reflection and leadership opportunity.
This is a adult learning experience where members of the group lead, submit papers and offer reflections. We are not running a flash conference with external speakers to entertain you. We know that each member brings their own experience and knowledge which we are setting out to share and deepen.
UMMN provides an opportunity for those working in Uniting Church missions and agencies with particular responsibility for mission and culture, to connect, dialogue, engage and reflect on the policies and practices of the Uniting Church in its ministry with people, in particular in community services. The network will:
- Engage representatives from agencies and missions in relevant conversations and meetings in order to build a shared understanding of current issues facing faith-based community service providers.
- Reflect on current issues facing agencies and missions, and seek to offer these reflections to the Uniting Church Assembly and Synods, UnitingCare Australia, and Synod UnitingCare agencies and Uniting Church missions to inform theological considerations and positions, and practical service outcomes
- Provide peer support to people in similar roles through shared resources and learning opportunities
- We have explored the possibility of becoming a UnitingCare Australia network and have not continued that opportunity. We have decided to be clearly focussed on creating a positive collegiate learning experience which reflects the diversity of the UCA.
Uniting Ministry and Missions Network is open to those who work within a Uniting Church agency or mission, and who are responsible for the congruence between the culture and community in which missions and agencies are found; and the Uniting Church of which the agencies and missions are a part.
Uniting Ministry and Missions Network will usually meet annually. Members are kept informed via regular email newsletter.
The first gathering of the group was in Nov 2007 at Centre for Theology and Ministry in Melbourne.
Following the merger of UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Missions Network in 2008, the former National Ministers of Missions Group expanded to include Directors of Missions of UnitingCare agencies, and people in similar roles. This group, Uniting Ministry and Missions Network includes all agencies and missions of the Uniting Church in Australia.