Free Congregation
of Sauk County

Free Thought in religion since 1852

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Principles

Our Statement of Purpose
We, the members of the Free Congregation of Sauk County, choosing not to be governed by a fixed creed or dogma but rather to be guided by the principles of both our Free Thought founders and the Unitarian Universalists, come together as a religious community to help one another in strengthening the spiritual, ethical, and moral dimensions of our lives, and to be of service to our world.

-- adopted January, 2004; revised and affirmed January, 2007

Mission
As the beneficiaries of two strong and vital traditions – Free Thought and Unitarian Universalism - we undertake to provide:

  • A forum where individuals from diverse backgrounds can meet to participate freely, and without constraints of dogma or creed, in the give and take of ideas relating to personal development, the growth of mind and spirit, social justice, and the unique heritage of the Freie Gemeinde;
  • An open and accepting environment in which we can continue to explore and clarify our identity and beliefs, both as individuals and as a congregation;
  • A place for our children to explore ideas and values in a community that embraces diversity and practices trust;
  • Opportunities for group action and service related to our mission, values, and concerns;
  • A cultural resource for the greater community in which we live.

-- adopted 1996

Governance

The Free Congregation of Sauk County is a congregational polity, which means that on the most essential matters - such as the hiring or dismissal of a Speaker or Minister, the approval of the annual budget, the adoption or amendment of the bylaws - the congregation as a whole is the decision-making body. All lesser matters and decisions are entrusted to an elected Board of Directors, which receives regular advice and guidance from our professional staff and standing committees - and, directly, from our membership. One advantage of our relatively small congregation is that each member is very likely on pretty familiar terms with at least one Board member.

We’d like to introduce you to our current Board of Directors:

  • Nick Schweitzer, President
  • Eleanor Chiquoine, Vice-President
  • Glen Johnson, Treasurer
  • John Rigby, Secretary
  • Susan Larkin, Member-at-large
  • Susie Tatone, Member-at-large
  • Wood Weller, Member-at-large

All Board members except the President and President-elect are elected to two-year terms. (These two-year positions are staggered so that not all terms expire at the same time, thus ensuring some degree of Board continuity.) Elections are held at our annual meeting, usually the 2nd Sunday in June. Our bylaws do provide for the possibility of Presidents and President-elects serving consecutive one-year terms.

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Associate Speakers:

Our four Associate Speakers, who lead our Unitarian-Universalist second and fourth Sunday programs, are:

Robin Proud, regular speaker at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society, Madison and guest speaker for ten UU congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin; 

Dr. Penny Andrews is semi-retired. She is a current member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and was one of the founding members of James Reed UU Congregation in 1994. She attended the University of Creation Spirituality founded by Matthew Fox and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Penny has also served as a board certified hospital and hospice chaplain over the last 15 years. She has also studied Soto Zen and is a Lay Minister in that tradition; 

Pema Lisa Antoniotti has been ordained in the Buddhist tradition for over 10 years. She leads various programs at Joyful Path Meditation and Healing Center. She also teaches secular meditation, Yoga, and other spiritual programs in the larger community. Pema has over 10 years of experience in offering spiritual direction and pastoral counseling to a diverse group of individuals, including those of no faith tradition. 

Rob Brink

Meet the Staff:

 

Fritz (Frank) Parks, Administrator

Please call Fritz at (608) 643-3131, voicemail available.
Office hours at Park Hall are Tuesday and Friday mornings and by appointment. You can find Fritz at Park Hall on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday services each month.

 

Ellen Paul, Facilities Coordinator

Please contact Ellen for Park Hall rental, weddings, concerts, public and private events.

Ellen can be reached by telephone ‭(608) 963-8451‬ or email ParkHallEvents@gmail.com.
 
 
 

 

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PO Box 664 - 307 Polk Street 
Sauk City, WI 53583

 

Phone: (608) 643-3131

 

Email: FreeCongregation@iCloud.com