Who We Are

First Congregational UCC is a radically inclusive and welcoming Christian community.

Mission and Vision

First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) in Madison, Wisconsin, seeks to be a radically inclusive and welcoming Christian community, nurturing and affirming God’s creation and dedicated to serving all!

Who we are

Members of First Congregational UCC Madison on the front steps of the church waving at youWe are a church that:

  • Attempts to follow the person and teachings of Jesus Christ including being open, affirming, and accessible to all;
  • Believes worship is an essential element in our relationship with Jesus Christ;
  • Values dynamic, thoughtful, and well-crafted worship and are involved, challenged to think and respond through worship;
  • Is multi-generational and strives to foster community and support members throughout their life;
  • Views mission and justice as powerful elements of our faith;
  • Supports local and global mission and justice ministries with our money, our commitment, and our time.

Open and Affirming

Open and Affirming rainbow fish; Jesus didn't turn people away, neither do we. United Church of ChristAs a community of God’s Children, the members of FCUCC acknowledge our shortcomings and strive to reach out to all who wish to affirm their faith with us and worship with us as members of this congregation. 

We acknowledge that the church has often judged and excluded from the community of faith gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons or has been complicit by its silence. We confess the presence of ignorance, fear, and hatred in ourselves, in the church, and our society, and we ask the grace of God to overcome them. 

We invite and welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation/gender expression to join us in our journey of life and faith and to seek to covenant to be responsible to God and one another.

Accessible to All

United Church of Christ Accessible to All designationFCUCC is continually working to create an inclusive community for individuals living with a wide range of disabilities, from physical disabilities to mental illness. We are officially listed as an Accessible to All (A2A) congregation, a designation awarded by the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries, and are trained and certified as Dementia Friendly.

We’ve made renovations and necessary adjustments to convert a 1930’s building into a barrier-free structure that is accessible to all. These features include handicap ramps, elevator, accessible restrooms, hearing loop, wayfaring signs with braille. We continue to provide opportunities and programming for members to expand their knowledge around disabilities of all kinds.