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

  • 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
  • Interview with Rick Brooks, Social Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the International Little Free Library Movement

    Posted: October 4, 2016

  • Upper House: Tell me about your story. How does the Little Free Library advance good in the community?  Rick Brooks: The Little Free Library movement is an example of the kinds of things I’ve been involved in for 40 or 50 years now. It extends from an experience I had as a child in Wichita, Kansas. My father was a doctor and we had 5 kids in the family. One day, my fathe Read More
  • Leadership Tune-Ups

    Posted: September 15, 2016

  • The Global Leadership Summit concluded after a concentrated two days of lectures, vision casting, and inspirational stories. We are thankful for over 250 attendees in Madison who engaged in learning and community building at Upper House. For those that attended, or even those who could not make it but wanted to engage in a deep dive on leadership, Upper House is offering a s Read More
  • Introducing the Ideologies of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis

    Posted: September 13, 2016

  • Consider the standard philosophy class. The syllabus introduces the students to a variety of positions. Typically, these positions vary greatly from one to another. The utilitarian contends with the deontological ethicist; the dualist duels with the physicalist. During these classes, debate typically arises around modern applications of these philosophical questions. What wo Read More