The Mothers’ Union was established in 1876. Its purpose was to encourage parents in caring for their children, not just physically and mentally but also spiritually. From the outset it recognised that strong relationships and the role of family, however defined, are crucial in building healthy communities.
Whilst the ways in which we operate to fulfil that need may be different from that of the world of the 19th century, our vision today is still of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships. This is the essence of our work.
We aim to show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide. We can do this through the promotion of stable marriage, family life and the protection of children. This is our mission. It is what we aim to achieve.
There are more than four million members of Mothers’ Union today in 83 countries around the world. Each member subscribes to the same values; the moral and ethical codes that are central to the ways in which we operate.
Firstly, we are firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration.
Secondly, our governance, leadership, and programmes are driven by and undertaken through members within their own communities worldwide.
Thirdly, we work with people of all faiths and none.
Being part of Mothers’ Union is an important step in our members’ journey in faith as they seek to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children. This is achieved within the context of three clear strands that form the core of all Mothers’ Unions throughout the world.
The first is the centrality of prayer to all we do.
The second is how members enable individuals, families, and communities to discover and utilise the skills and knowledge that they possess, which are culturally relevant and appropriate for their circumstances.
The third is campaigning to challenge the mechanisms that perpetuate social injustices.