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

  • Introducing William Cavanaugh

    Posted: January 13, 2017

  • Theologian William Cavanaugh is coming to Upper House, in partnership with Geneva Campus Church, to explore questions of Christian vocation, political humility, and religious violence. A professor of Catholic studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, Cavanaugh’s research focuses on the Church’s encounter with Read More
  • Save the Date! The 2017 Winter and Spring Calendars

    Posted: December 27, 2016

  • As you begin to plan your winter/spring calendar, be sure to mark your calendars with the following Upper House events: January 21: “Best of” The Global Leadership Summit For those interested in receiving a taste of what The Global Leadership Summit is about, or for those hoping to be renewed by speakers from the previous year, the “Best of” The Global Leadersh Read More
  • 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