Who we are
UnitingCare NSW.ACT is the Board of the NSW and ACT Synod of the Uniting Church responsible for the work of community services, chaplaincy and social justice advocacy. All our work is inspired and guided by the principles of justice and compassion.
UnitingCare NSW.ACT services include aged care and disability programs, services for vulnerable families, children and young people and quality preschool education and care. UnitingCare NSW.ACT also manages the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. As well as the provision of these services, UnitingCare NSW.ACT demonstrates a strong commitment to social justice and advocacy by speaking out on issues that affect the people we serve. This is reflected in our social justice charter.
The way we work
In all of our work and at all levels, UnitingCare NSW.ACT relates the work of the Uniting Church to the broader community, keeping the Church in touch with the important issues of the day and keeping the community aware of the views of the Church.
In striving for social justice, UnitingCare NSW.ACT takes the Gospel of Jesus Christ and puts it up against the complex issues of the world. Of course it may be controversial, especially when it challenges people within the Church and the broader community to rethink some of their ideas. But how can we be a Church with integrity if we do not take up issues on behalf of the marginalized and disadvantaged? All our work is biblically based and is built on the strong foundations and the traditional faith of the Church.
There are many definitions of Social Justice but one which strikes a chord is the 1994 statement by Mick Dodson, Aboriginal activist and commentator when he said:
“Social justice is what faces you when you get up in the morning. It is awakening in a house with an adequate water supply, cooking facilities and sanitation. It is the ability to nourish your children and send them to a school where their education not only equips them for employment but reinforces their knowledge of and appreciation of their culture. It is the prospect of genuine employment and good health; a life of choices and opportunity, free from discrimination.” Mick Dodson.