Who We Are

Olympia Brown UU Church interiorThe Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North America.

Accepting our diversity and bonded by our similarities, Olympia Brown UU Church is an open supportive religious community.

Our liberal religious tradition nurtures, educates and challenges people as we shepherd each other, family and friends, through life’s pilgrimage. We come together to develop, share and celebrate religious and personal values that give help, hope and new life to all.

We seek to empower individuals; we work for a just world. We are a voice for love among people, peace among nations and reverence for our planet.

Our History

Our congregation, founded in 1842, is one of the earliest churches in Racine, originally called The Universalist Society of Racine.

In 1878, the Rev. Olympia Brown — the first woman in the United States to be ordained by a regularly established denomination — came to our church and served as its minister until 1887.

The history of our congregation is filled with activities of social justice, and our principles affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We follow the footsteps of our Unitarian and Universalist heritages to provide a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion.

Our congregation is a member of the MidAmerica Region UUA and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

What is Unitarian Universalism?

If you’re searching for a religious home that is guided by a quest for truth and meaning, not by a set creed or dogma, we invite you to discover Unitarian Universalism. We are a caring, open-minded religious community that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. Our congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our community – and the world – a better place.

UU Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
– The inherent worth and dignity of every person
– Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
– Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
– A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
– The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations
and in society at large
– The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
– Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Something to think about …

“Some people see things as they are and ask “Why?”; I dream of things that never were and ask “Why not?”” (Senator Robert F. Kennedy)