of Sauk County
Free Thought in religion since 1852
Welcome to the Congregation
We are a liberal religious community welcoming anyone of any background. Our community includes Buddhists and Christians, atheists, agnostics, theists, spiritual journeyers of all kinds, and many for whom a label is not relevant.
We gather to explore religion together and to support each individual’s personal search for meaning and truth. We engage religion through our reason, through our feelings and sentiments, through our knowledge of the world and humanity. We read poetry together, listen to music and sing together, discuss Sunday reflections with each other, hold meals together - all to build the bonds of love and community that cradle our mutual religious exploration.
The Free Congregation streams our Sunday programs online over the Zoom platform. The programs will be available to the public as a video or audio stream with a live speaker, music and discussion. There are ways for almost everyone to connect at no cost, using computer plus webcam, mobile tablet, smartphone, or landline phone. We are excited about this opportunity to keep our community vital during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Login instructions are at the Sunday Programs Tab.
Members! Don't miss our Pledge Gala/Bocce Tournament/Potluck Supper this Saturday!
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bocce tournament with light snacks, wine, and beer start at 5:00 p.m.
Welcome and toast at 6:30 p.m., Supper to follow.
A view of our main hall from the library.
A story for all ages.
The Free Congregation was started in 1852 as the Freie Gemeinde (Free Community) by Germans who emigrated to the U.S. seeking to practice their beliefs, express their thoughts, and search for the truth free from interference by the government or church. Park Hall has been the congregation’s home since 1884.
We promote ethical behavior and action, and in seeking ethical answers to life’s questions, we recognize the value of many religious and philosophical traditions without being tied to any particular religious dogma. We support each individual’s personal search for truth and meaning and purpose in life.
We meet on Sunday mornings at 10:15 for a variety of services. On the 1stSunday of each month we have an open roundtable discussion of a topic chosen and presented by one of our members. On 2nd and 4th Sundays we have a familiar order of service in the Unitarian-Universalist tradition. On 3rdSundays we invite a guest lecturer to make an extended presentation of a topic of social, cultural, historical, or philosophical interest. Childcare is available during the services, and plans are under way for a Children’s Religious Education program to begin in January.
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PO Box 664 - 307 Polk Street
Sauk City, WI 53583
Phone: (608) 643-3131