Anglican mission agency USPG announces name change

Wednesday July 11th 2012

The Anglican mission and development agency USPG will be changing its name to the United Society, known as Us, from November.

The decision was taken at the annual conference of the 311–year–old agency in June.

Canon Linda Ali, chair of USPG’s Trustees, said: “The original title given to us by our founder, the Rev Thomas Bray, was the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, which was later abbreviated to SPG.

“No doubt this name worked well in its day, but words like ‘propagation’ are simply out–dated in the 21st century.

“Our new name, Us, is directly derived from USPG, so it speaks to our heritage, but it also speaks about inclusivity. There is no ‘them,’ we are all ‘us.’”

The new strapline for the charity is ‘Every person. Every community. A full life.’ This is designed to underscore the concept of inclusion and point to a vision of the future, where the words of Jesus in John 10:10 become a reality – the experience of life in all its fullness.

USPG Chief Executive Janette O’Neill said: ‘We are very excited about this new milestone in our history. It demonstrates our commitment to living out the gospel and communicating this message with clarity. There are hundreds of international charities doing excellent work today, but we remain one of just a few agencies that are committed to supporting the churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion as they deliver transformational change.

“We hope our new name will help people relate better to the work we are doing today. We are opening a door and inviting everyone to join Us.”

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