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.
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.