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.