The Mothers' Union Portsmouth Diocese

Mission Statement

The Mothers' Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families world-wide.

We achieve this by:

Developing prayer and spiritual growth in families

Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and their place in society

Resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live.

Aims and Objectives

The Mothers' Union is a world-wide organisation whose aim is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. To carry out this aim, its objects are:

1. To uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding

2. To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church

3. To maintain a world-wide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service

4. To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children

5. To help those whose family life has met with adversity

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.

Our vision

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.

Our mission

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.

Our values

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.