Welcome to Upper House

Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, curates experiences of Christian thinking, being, and doing for the University of Wisconsin–Madison community. As curators of Christian thinking, being, and doing, Upper House delivers experiences through great programming and hospitality.

The goal of Upper House is to see students, faculty, staff, and community/marketplace professionals intellectually energized, emotionally empowered, and engaged for action. Click here to learn more about who we are.


Latest News

  • An Interview with Tish Harrison Warren

    Posted: November 17, 2016

  • Upper House: At a high level, let’s start at the concept of liturgy. What does liturgy mean and why is liturgy important?  Tish Harrison Warren: James K. A. Smith talks about liturgy as any ritual or practice that connects us to a particular vision of the good life or to the transcendent or sacred. I think that definition is helpful. The term “liturgy” refers to repetit Read More
  • What Is Slow Church?

    Posted: November 8, 2016

  • The slow movement began outside a McDonalds. In Italy, a land known for its care and passion for culinary delights, the quick, ubiquitous, and expedient choices exemplified on a McDonalds menu began to take root in the Italian ethos. Facing the loss of the table, slow food emerges. Where the Happy Meal represents distance between producer and consumer, and inhalation of nutr Read More
  • Introducing the STEAM Grant

    Posted: November 1, 2016

  • We are excited to announce that Upper House has received a STEAM Grant through the support of an award from the Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries project at Fuller Theological Seminary. The grant is intended to bring together churches and ministries from the Madison area to be involved in a series of lectures and symposia over the next couple of years focusing Read More
  • Toward a Theology of Art

    Posted: October 18, 2016

  • When was the last time you encountered the majesty of a cathedral? Did you feel the overwhelming expanse of the place? Were you drawn to the meticulous detail of the architecture, the stained glass, and the sculptures? Historically, the church places an emphasis on aesthetics. The beauty of a cathedral bringing heaven to earth for all to catch a glimpse of glory present and Read More
  • Power and Leadership: Andy Crouch on Strong and Weak

    Posted: October 11, 2016

  • What illustrations come to mind when we consider examples of Godly character? For some, the Churchillian and iron will of leadership represents the pinnacle. Truth is truth. We fight for truth. We don’t back down from truth. For others, service to the weak, hungry, and poor matters most. A missionary serving the poor might not be physically strong and wouldn’t necessari Read More