Mothers' Union in the Diocese of Liverpool is 120 years old and has 87 branches and approaching 3,000 members. Members are not all mothers or even all women. Men, single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults are welcome. .
Membership is spread across 81 countries and there are in excess of 4 million members.We actively pursue our vision through our faith, programme work,advocacy and policy outreach. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities and in the past two years Mothers' Union has provided a platform for leaders to come together from 20 countries demonstrating a unity of faith and purpose. In many parts of the world MU is a vibrant source for the emancipation of women, developing small businesses, teaching basic child care and nurturing families in the Christian faith.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the Literacy programme in Burundi, Malawi and Sudan and also of the Parenting Programme here in the Uk. The Families First magazine is appealing to an ever broader readership.
Mary Sumner, the founder of Mothers' Union and herself a mother of three, was all too aware of the burdens and responsibilities of parenting; of the feelings of inadequacy that could swamp young mothers, so in 1876 she took steps to form a society for the support of women in their role as mothers. In 1896: The Central Council of Mothers' Union was formed - agreed objectives were that marriage, parenting and prayer were key to the future of families.
From 1900 branches were established not just in England but worldwide, growing so that the MU became not just the largest Anglican organisations but one of the largest Christian organisations worldwide.
Involvement and skilled input to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, Social Justice for children through the campaign against the Commercialisation of childhood, for families through 'restored', a co-alition of Christian organisations working together to end violence against women are some of the global causes we support. Local projects include 'Away From It All' holidays, Family Contact Centres, Women's refuge at Adelaide house which highlight the concern that members continue to feel for disadvantaged families.
Holidays for needy families, supporting MU projects internationally, being at the forefront of Ecumenical work through MU's links with the Union of Catholic Mothers, the Methodist Network and the Salvation Army - these are among the many activities that MU undertakes – it is one of the strongest volunteer led organisations in the Country.