Who We Are
The Mothers' Union is one of the largest Christian organizations in the world with over 4 million members in 83 countries. Though our lives and our experience of MU may differ widely, we are united by our shared belief in the importance of the family in God's world.
The purpose of the Mothers' Union is to be especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.
- 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 who family life has met with adversity.
The Mothers' Union began in England in 1876 by Mary Sumner, a clergy wife. She recognized the need for mothers to support one another in raising their children for God. In 1888, the Canadian Mothers' Union was established, with the first branch in Longdon, Ontario. The first MU branch in the Diocese of Fredericton, which is the entire province of New Brunswick, was started in 1981.