The scriptures offer many instances in which G-d calls someone to walk humbly and do justice in a community that wasn't their own. Rev. Gordon Cosby, founder of the Church of the Saviour, taught that call was a spiritual discipline. As a union, UCU is called to build a prophetic civil society.
The United Covenant Union is called to rebuild civil society in a way that nurtures the leadership potential of cash-based workers and their families; that elevates the role of clergy in public life, while also making their vocation self-sustaining; and strengthening small congregations in urban and rural areas by enabling them to relate to low income communities and take action to influence public policy.