The Mothers' Union has over 4 million members in 81 countries around the world. It was founded in England in 1876 by Mary Sumner and rapidly spread throughout the UK and abroad. In Southwark, our members volunteer and pray for a variety of projects that reflect our Aim and Objects. We also raise funds for our worldwide projects.
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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 its place in society;
- resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in communities in which they live.
Aim and Objects
The Aim of the Mothers' Union is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.
The Objects of the Mothers' Union are:
- To uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding;
- To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church;
- To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians, united in prayer, worship and service;
- To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children;
- To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
Membership of the Mothers' Union is open to all who have been baptised, affirm their belief in the Aim and Objects of the Mothers' Union and pay a subscription to Mothers' Union funds.
Branch membership is currently the most common form of membership. Branches are usually (though not always) attached to an Anglican church in the Diocese. Southwark currently has around 85 branches (for details of your nearest branch, please contact the Diocesan Secretary, details listed below). Branches offer fellowship, organise meetings, events and fundraising and decide on how they can best offer their membership of the Mothers' Union to their own communities. Attendance of branch meetings, however, is not a condition of membership.
Alternative forms of membership in Southwark are available including Diocesan, Deanery and Indoor membership. For details, contact the Diocesan Secretary.