Compassion is at the heart of every Metropolitan Community Church. Christian love is embodied through ministry among the sick, the bereaved, the broken-hearted, the poor, the oppressed, and all who suffer. Health and wholeness of the spirit, mind and body are fostered through a variety of support group and other church activities for individuals, couples and families. Since its founding, UFMCC has conducted Holy Union ceremonies as a way to celebrate and bless the joining of same-sex couples. UFMCC has been on the forefront of developing networks to provide education, care, comfort and hope for HIV-infected people in many local communities. At the national and international levels, UFMCC has been a public policy advocate for a health care system that serves everyone, and has published a variety of resources on ministry among people with AIDS.