Partnership Principles

The United Church and its global partners are called to work together in God's mission for wholeness of life. Partnerships grow from our history and experience of collaboration within ecumenical, global, and social movements. What we have learned through our common effort is expressed in partnership principles.

"Partnership" describes sharing and exchanging resources, ideas, and people. Global partnerships are how we live out right relationships—relationships that reflect Christ’s character of justice and love, based on respect, equality, trust, sharing, and transparency.

We work together with partners in the midst of oppression, poverty, and conflict for deep changes that will create just economic systems and a world transformed by love. These formal relationships that enable the United Church and global partners to work together. This work of courage and faith in the midst of situations that can include oppression, poverty, and conflict challenges and calls us in the United Church to deepen our understanding of and commitment to partnership in all its forms. We are one partner among many, called to receive and to give.

The United Church's partnership work is centred in principles that include equality, trust, and mutual respect, and shared commitment to resist all forms of oppression. Please see the Downloads section below for some key statements about how the United Church understands global partnership.

Partner Council

The Partner Council is one way of living out the church’s partnership principles. The council provides advice and feedback from a global perspective.

The Partner Council of the United Church is one way of living out the Partnership Principles adopted in 2008. Those principles describe the way the church wants to be in relationship with others, particularly global partners, as we work together in God’s mission for peace and justice. The Partner Council is accountable to the Permanent Committee on Programs for Mission and Ministry. Its role is to:

  • provide advice during the planning of United Church mission/ministry priorities
  • offer advice on how to effectively engage in partner consultation
  • offer advice on General Council programs that may benefit from a global perspective
  • be a lens for checking United Church policies and practices to ensure consistency with partnership principles
  • bring to the United Church’s attention critical global or regional issues that might have an impact on our common mission/ministry work
  • serve as a mechanism for feedback regarding specific United Church policy decisions that might have an impact on global partners

The following are the council members:

  • Miguel Tomás Castro, Emmanuel Baptist Church, El Salvador
  • Esha Faki, Peace for Life, Kenya
  • Jennifer Henry, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Canada
  • Johnson Mbillah, Program for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA), Kenya
  • Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde, United Church of Zambia, Zambia
  • Rex Reyes, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, The Philippines
  • Marilia Schüller, KOINONIA, Brazil
  • Sunita Suna, World Student Christian Federation, Asia-Pacific Region, Hong Kong
  • Ramzi Zananiri, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees  of the Middle East Council of Churches (DSPR), Palestine

Learn more about the Partner Council membership and the organizations they represent in the document below.