We are a religious community made up of people from diverse backgrounds and different faith traditions who have chosen to embrace some common principles, among them the freedom to engage in our own personal search for truth and meaning. We require of no one a profession of theological belief or disbelief; rather, we seek to continually examine and clarify our basic principles and world views. We view religion as a question to be explored rather than as an answer to be received or revealed. We believe that ethical behavior and action is the only reasonable course for humans to pursue; consistent with that belief, we are united in our conviction that only by helping others and seeking to improve the world can we realize our full humanity.
Our open approach to religion follows from our unique weaving of two liberal religious traditions. This weaving is always in process; we are an evolving religious community, and our emphasis and interests change over the years.We are a Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. We belong to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), a liberal religious organization dedicated to a non-dogmatic approach to religion. Our congregation affirms the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
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Our commitment to Unitarian Universalism is reflected in our Second and Fourth Sunday programs. On these Sundays, we follow a UU order of service.We are a Free Thought congregation with origins in the German Freie Gemeinden (‘free congregations’ or ‘free societies’). When liberal reform efforts, both political and religious, failed in Germany after 1848, German liberals immigrated to the United States where they founded numerous free thought societies and congregations, most of them in the northeast and upper mid-west. One such German liberal, Eduard Schroeter, helped to found this congregation in 1852 and became its first Speaker (leader and teacher). Ours is the last remaining Free Congregation in North America.Our commitment to the Freie Gemeinde tradition is reflected in our First Sunday (Spiritual Reflection Hour) and Third Sunday (Free Thought Forum) programs.
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Thursday, October 9, 7 pm, Park Hall, 307 Polk StreetDie Winterreise (The Winter Journey) by Franz SchubertJoshua Copeland bass-baritone, Trevor Stephenson fortepianoPark Hall, 307 Polk St., Sauk City WITrevor Stephenson, artistic director and founder of the Madison Bach Musicians, received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance of 18th-Century Music from Cornell University, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson. Joshua Copeland (baritone) completed his Masters degree in voice at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music and his Artist Diploma at Yale Opera.Information on tickets can be found at http://madisonbachmusicians.org/tickets/ or you can call Susan Larkin, Administrator of the Free Congregation at 608.317.7913. Seating is limited.
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 10 a.m., Founder's Day. Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation will speak. The program will be followed by a potluck.
About Annie Laurie Gaylor:
CO-FOUNDERFreedom From Religion Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin, 1976, when she was a college student, with her mother Anne Nicol Gaylor. The Foundation incorporated as a national nonprofit educational organization with two purposes in 1978 under the leadership of Anne Nicol Gaylor and works to protect the constitutional principle of state/church separation and to educate about nontheism.CO-PRESIDENTSince November 2004, serving with Dan Barker.EDITORFreethought Today, the only freethought newspaper in the United States, which is published ten times a year by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.AUTHORWoe to Women: The Bible Tells Me So (FFRF, Inc., 1981), a reader's guide to the bible's treatment of women, in its fifth printing.Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children (FFRF, Inc., 1988), the first nonfiction book exposing widespread sexual abuse of children by clergymenWomen Without Superstition: "No Gods - No Masters" (FFRF, Inc. 1997), an anthology of women freethinkers.
Free Congregation of Sauk CountyPO Box 664307 Polk StreetSauk City, WI 53583Phone: (608) 643-3131Email: