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Who We Are
First Unitarian Society of Madison is part of a larger movement deeply rooted in the Eastern European Protestant Reformation and the American Revolution.  Unitarianism’s story in Madison begins in 1879 when a number of the city’s most distinguished citizens founded a congregation based on the principles articulated in a “Bond of Union” they composed. 

Historically, Unitarian Universalism has always taught that deeds matter more than creeds; that the quality of our lives counts for more than the “correctness” of our beliefs.  In keeping with these principles the Bond of Union states that “integrity of life” and “free thought” shall be the Society’s first aim, as together we seek to promote “truth, righteousness, reverence and charity among all.”

Although Unitarian Universalism in general and First Unitarian Society in particular have changed a great deal since the late 19th century, these principles still are central to our identity.  We are a freedom loving, justice seeking people with wide-ranging interests and universal sympathies.  We draw from many sources -- ancient and modern, East and West – for inspiration, and we trust that inner harmony will lead to ethical action.