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What We Believe

Our Mission

First Unitarian Society is a community where curious seekers gather to explore spiritual, ethical and social issues in an accepting and nurturing environment. Unitarian Universalism supports the freedom of conscience of each individual as together we seek to be a force for good in the world.

Who we Are 

Our Society is made up of people of all walks of life who seek supportive fellow travelers to accompany them on their spiritual and ethical journey. Some of us are refugees from the world of orthodox religion; others are souls looking for an alternative to the consumerism that has become the dominant “religion” of our nation. Still others are parents and educators and activists who have a vision of a better world. All of us agree that there is no single, superior path and that there are many possibilities to ponder and choose from. We choose to spend at least part of that journey together in community, singing, thinking, deepening, laughing and crying.

Our Denominational Connection

While we cherish our congregational autonomy, we also affirm and support the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA),which serves more than 1,000 member societies throughout the world. The Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America merged in 1961, and the congregations affirm the following:
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The rights of conscience and the use of the democratic process;
  • A world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Continuing Bond of Union

"We whose names are hereunto inscribed, desiring a religious organization in the spirit of Jesus of Nazareth, which shall make integrity of life its first aim and leave thought free, associate ourselves together as the First Unitarian Society of Madison and accept to its membership those of whatever theological opinion who wish to unite with us in the promotion of truth, righteousness, reverence and charity among all." Adopted 1879, revised 1980.