Welcome to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington.

For more than 200 years we have been a religious home for open-minded and big-hearted Vermonters. We are diverse in our thinking and beliefs, but we are united in our desire to live out the principles of Unitarian Universalism. We support each other in our religious and spiritual explorations, drawing on many different sources.

We have no creed. We create our community around a shared covenant or promise:

We are united in our commitment to live out our mission to inspire spiritual growth, to care for each other and our community, to seek truth, and to act for justice.

Our iconic building sits at the top of the Church Street Market Place, inviting all to worship, fellowship, justice-making, and compassionate care. We are an inclusive congregation welcoming all people––of whatever age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, or sexual orientation––into our Beloved Community.

We hope you’ll continue to explore our website and join us this Sunday.  


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Upcoming Services 

Sunday, December 10, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Rev. Mara Dowdall, Senior Minister

"Radical Hope"
In a powerful essay he wrote last November, the novelist Junot Diaz describes "radical hope" - an ability to imagine a future goodness that transcends what we know in the present - as an antidote to our times. We'll explore this idea, and how we might make it come alive in our individual lives and communities. The service will help prepare us for our (Dismantling) White Supremacy Teach-In Part II, which will take place after the 11 a.m. service, and all are warmly invited to.

Worship Associate: Kristin Kany


Sunday, December 17, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Rev. Mara Dowdall, Senior Minister
Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Developmental Director of Family Ministry

Winter Solstice Service for All Ages

This Sunday, we will honor the Earth-centered tradition of the Winter Solstice, which many in our congregation will observe on December 21--the shortest day, through story, song, and ritual. We will take time to sit in the darkness, as well as honor the light's return. The service is designed for worshippers of all ages to participate!

Worship Associate: Kenneth Russell



 Find out what's happening at the First UU Society!

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Click Here to Read The Latest Newsletter, "The Steeple"

Click Here to Read Our Monthly Spiritual Theme Newsletter, "The Path"


Using Our Building

The First UU Society Meeting House is centrally located in downtown Burlington and offers several excellent rooms for events such as: 

Memorial services

Our building is accessible and is located near city parking and public transportation. 

To use our space for your wedding or other special event, click here.


Business Office Hours:

Our office will be open Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - Noon and from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  The office will be closed on Friday and Saturday.



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