Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society is a freethinking religious community in Madison Wisconsin. We aspire to be both open-hearted and open-minded. We welcome those who enter our doors with any combination of strengths and weaknesses, beliefs and doubts. Our children receive liberal religious education as we model values in our search for truth and meaning.

Prairie is a small, lay-led liberal congregation. The congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We members hold differing religious beliefs, but our shared principles affirm the worth and dignity of all persons, the need for justice and compassion, a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and a respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We choose to be in a community for the development and values education of our children. As UUs, we believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason should be the final authorities in religion.

We are a Welcoming Congregation that opens our Sunday morning services with words similar to the following: “We welcome people of every ethnic and religious background, whatever your color, sexual orientation, or family structure.” For more on the history of our involvement in the Welcoming Congregation program, see our Archives.

In 2011, Prairie was Accredited through UUA’s Green Sanctuary program. For more on the history of the accreditation process, see our Archives.

Bond of Union

We, the members of Prairie, wish to associate ourselves together in a religious community which affirms that we share a common humanity, that we need one another, and that our futures are inescapably bound together. Together we would expand our intellectual horizons, enrich our sensory experiences, and deepen our emotional sensitivities. We would sharpen our ethical awareness and broaden our sense of social responsibility. We would stand tall in our quest for integrity of life, yet not at others’ expense. As the prairie stretches out until it becomes one with the sky, let us reach out to touch and be one with the natural world, and with one another.

Prairie UU Society Mission Statement

Adopted 9 April 2000
Prairie is a historically lay-led congregation with a shared ministry in recent years and a diversity of philosophical and spiritual views. We aspire to be both open-hearted and open-minded. We reach out to those who enter our doors with their combination of strengths and weaknesses, beliefs, and doubts, and who desire to learn and live by the Unitarian Universalist Principles.

With our small size and wide range of ages we aspire to be like an extended family. We also seek to support one another and nurture the growth of each of our members. By sharing our joys and sorrows, we accompany one another on the journey through life.

We seek to learn with and from each other in an atmosphere that respects diverse ideas, lifestyles, cultures, and wisdom traditions. Our shared values include respect for all forms of life and stewardship of the environment. Helping our youth to understand and appreciate these values is part of our mission. We seek to promote dignity, worth, and justice for people worldwide by supporting individual and collective social action.

Our Vision of the Prairie Community

Adopted November 9, 2008
We support each other’s personal development and spiritual growth, 
Our caring for each other is evident to all who enter our doors, 
We act in the world to further social and environmental justice, and 
Our society is recognized and respected in the wider community. 

A Brief History of Our Congregation

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Our Strategic Plan