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Uniting Church care networks merge

UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds
UnitingCare Australia’s National Committee has signed off on the merger of UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Missions Network (UMN), the two entities that carry out the national work of the Uniting Church’s agencies and missions engaged in community services.

The national functions of these two organisations will now be carried out by UnitingCare Australia, subject to a renewed Mandate for UnitingCare Australia being agreed to by the Assembly Standing Committee of the Uniting Church of Australia National Assembly.

The National Committee decision followed the UMN’s sign off on the merger on 16 May 2008.

The UMN membership also agreed to wind up the UMN and transfer all assets to UnitingCare Australia.

UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that the new merged entity would build on the already significant achievements of the two entities, their shared vision and purpose and the strength of the UnitingCare Australia and UMN structures.

“It is also a strong and public statement of our shared identity in the Uniting Church and our genuine commitment to working together for the common good.

UnitingCare Australia looks forward to delivering on a new set of national functions through a new organisational structure,” she said.

The new national functions for UnitingCare Australia will be: influencing social policy and engaging in advocacy; developing and maintaining Government and other stakeholder relations; developing the Church’s network of, and capacity to deliver, community services; and strengthening relationships across the life of the church.

Photo : UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds