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THE UNITING CHURCH

What is the Uniting Church for? The purposes of the Church are to provide for the worship of God, to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to promote Christian fellowship, to nurture believers in the Christian faith, to engage in mission, to assist in human development and towards the improvement of human relationships, to meet human need through charitable and other services and to do such other things as may be required in obedience to the Holy Spirit.

What the Uniting Church believes. The Uniting Church’s beliefs are drawn from the Bible and from the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. The church also takes heed of the Reformation Witness in the Scots Confession of Faith (1560), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647), the Savoy Declaration (1658), and of the preaching of John Wesley in his Forty-four Sermons (1793). It affirms the place of ongoing theological, literary, historical and scientific study. The church’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, brings together aspects of these writings and traditions and sets out the church’s way of living and being.

The Church in action. With 15,000 staff in more than 400 geographic locations throughout Queensland, the Uniting Church’s Community Services arm, UnitingCare, is serving more than 14,000 people every day of the year. UnitingCare is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit heath and community service providers delivering quality and compassionate care through its network of agencies. These agencies provide residential and community services to older people, people with disabilities, and youth at risk; services to strengthen families and children; offer crisis support, counselling and acute health care. The service offered by UnitingCare in Queensland is distinctive because of its strong focus on mission, the scale and breadth of its service, its reputation for service reliability and quality and its local focus. UnitingCare Queensland is the church in action to provide for the well-being of individuals and communities especially those who are vulnerable and socially disadvantaged.