the democratic church

At the heart of our congregation is our membership. Members ratify the annual budget, change the bylaws, and elect our leaders, including our ministers. The rights and power of our members are real and make a difference. Click here to learn more about the Board of Trustees and review our governance documents.

The organizational structure and philosophy of First Unitarian Society of Madison reflect the American Revolutionary roots of our church. Historically, Unitarian and Universalist churches have been at the forefront of many of the human rights struggles of modern American history. Members were active in the writing of the Constitution, the underground railroad, the opposition of slavery, prohibition, women’s suffrage, civil rights, gay and lesbian rights, immigrant rights, and many more issues. We are passionate about democracy, and that is how our church is organized: from the ground up rather than from the top down.

Parish meetings are an important part of the Society’s governance. View our most recent meetings below or catch up with all of them on our YouTube channel.

2023-2024 Governance Meetings

Parish Meeting

May 19, 2024

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Parish Meeting

October 29, 2023

Past Parish Meetings

22-23 Parish Meetings

May 21, 2023 Parish Meeting

October 30, 2022 Parish Meeting

21-22 Parish Meetings

June 6, 2022 Parish Meeting

April 25, 2022 Parish Meeting

October 24, 2021 Parish Meeting

20-21 Parish Meetings

June 13 Parish Meeting

Special Parish Meeting

Staff Compensation

Feb 21 Parish Meeting

Dec 6 Parish Meeting

20-21 Financial Forum

19-20 Parish Meetings

May 31 Parish Meeting

May 17 Financial Forum

February 2 Parish Meeting

September 29 Parish Meeting

18-19 Parish Meetings

June 2 Parish Meeting

May 19 Financial Forum

February 3 Parish Meeting

October 14 Parish Meeting

17-18 Parish Meetings

Sept 17 Parish Meeting

Feb 11 Parish Meeting

May 20 Parish Meeting