Governance

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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.

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.

Want more information? Read our policy manual to learn more about our institutional structure and our bylaws to learn more about our governance.

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.

2020 Financial Forum Information

Our 2020 financial forum was held on Sunday, May 17, at 12:30 pm via Zoom. Please click the buttons below to access the meeting materials and recording.

Parish Meetings for the 2019 - 2020 Program Year

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