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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Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2 p.m., Area Film-maker to Show “Brain Tumor Comedy” in Sauk City American Players Theatre actors James Ridge, Colleen Madden, Tracy Michelle Arnold, Marco Lama and Sarah Day star in Spring Green film-maker Dave Erickson's new documentary, which will be shown at 2p.m. Sunday May 31 at Park Hall in Sauk City. “No Brainer” is described by Erickson as a “comedy/documentary about brain tumors.” “It'd be a total bummer if we took a serious approach to such a somber topic. Nobody'd want to see it.,” Erickson said. “So I tried to steal from films, TV, books, magazines and comic books things that struck me as funny.” “No Brainer” mixes real doctors, medical technicians and therapists with re-enactments of what it's like from the patient's point-of-view to be a patient in the American medical system. Erickson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in late 2007, had surgery immediately and subsequently had several close calls (he recalls going “down the tunnel, seeing the light, the whole schmeer”). In the documentary Erickson addresses rehabilitation and coming to terms with the fact that ”I'll never be the same mentally or physically again.” Erickson used Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing website that allows lots of people to contribute whatever amount they can afford to raise funds for this unusual documentary. He also received support from the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition (SGAAC), Wollersheim Winery, members of his family, and Susan and Brad Oltmanns. The Wyoming Valley Cultural Center sponsored the grants. The Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital, Animal House and Sauk City Sport & Spine also supported the project. A small donation of five dollars is asked for attendance. Proceeds go to pay the expenses of the production and to Park Hall. Erickson said that “No Brainer” not only features APT actors, but area people like Mike Schmidt, Tatania Katara, Todd Miller and Mike Anstett and the “behind-the-scenes people” included area residents Genevieve Davis, Jack Whaley, Kira Erickson, Lori Schmidt, Maia Erickson and Judy Smith. It was filmed in Spring Green, Sauk City and Madison. “It's fitting that Sauk County artists are involved. When I was in the hospital, I was amazed at the support we got from our neighbors. But using these people is not just payback--the talent in these hills is amazing!” “No Brainer” will be screened with excerpts from other Erickson documentaries about August Derleth, the Badger Ammunition plant, the Prairie du Sac dam and it's paddlefish, Erhart Mueller and Wollersheim Winery, He has been making documentaries for over 25 years, has had over 40 on public television and has been honored with numerous national awards. DVDs of “No Brainer” will be available at the screening.