Under the banner of Uniting, we in the Uniting Church are committed to seeking unity and embracing diversity. ‘Therefore we ought embrace persons of difference and seek unity through reconciliation and healing of relationships.’ (Theology and Foundational Principles for Relating to People Experiencing Marginalization, 2010, 45.)
Along life’s journey people experience ranges of ability and capacity, insight and understanding, which change with time and circumstance. Therefore, there can be no fixed or universal solutions when meeting the needs of the whole person. In order to develop and implement appropriate responses, individuals, congregations and agencies, who engage with people with a disability, their families and friends, need to develop policy and procedures that are not only responsive to the needs of people, but also give value to their individuality, and enrichment to their lives in community.
The community services of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod are participating in the call of God for justice making, by faithfully working together for the good of all, by remaining open to mutual learning, in the spirit of humility, through respectful engagement with people, and driven by the compassion of Christ.
Theology and Foundational Principles for Relating to People Experiencing Marginalization—2010, Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, 28th Synod Resolution pp 44-47.
Policy Principles for the Disability Services Provided by the Uniting Church in Australia—1991, Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod Supplementary Report, adopted by the 15th Synod
DisabilityCare Australia is the national disability insurance scheme—a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.
The People with disability website is a Queensland Government initiative providing information for people with a disability, their family members, the community, businesses and services.
UnitingCare Australia considers Disability Services an advocacy priority, with submissions, publications and media releases available on their website.
UnitingCare Community offers a wide range of disability support services to adults, children and young people and their families through its Disability Division, throughout South East Queensland and in Townsville.