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.  

 200th Anniversary

Organ Concert This Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.!

"Early American Organ Music: Gentlemen Amateurs,Immigrant Professionals, and Ornery Yankees"

Wayne Schneider, organist at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington, will present an organ concert on Sunday, 23 October 2016, 2 p. m., at the First UU Society Church. The program, entitled "Early American Organ Music: Gentlemen Amateurs,Immigrant Professionals, and Ornery Yankees" will feature music by William Selby, Lucien Southard, Oliver Shaw, Manuel Emilio, Samuel Whitney, Thomas Ryder, and John Zundel. The First UU Choir, conducted by Jennifer Carpenter, will assist with performances of music by Justin Morgan and William Billings.

The concert is part of a bicentennial celebration of the dedication of the 1816 Meeting House at the top of Church Street in Burlington.

Mr. Schneider is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he teaches music history. He studied organ with Yuko Hayashi, Lewis Zayre, Everett J. Hilty, and Miriam Aurand.


Upcoming Services

October 23- Stories of Our Own
9:00 & 11:00 
 Andre Mol
Worship Associate: Woody Fulton

We are surrounded by stories -- those we tell ourselves, those we tell others, and those repeated through our culture. These stories have the power to hide or reveal truth and meaning. They frame the way we relate to each other and the world around us. They can bind us together or break us apart. We'll explore personal stories of black Americans, drawing heavily on the book "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and we'll examine the cultural stories we tell of our country as a land of opportunity for all. By remaining attentive to all our stories, those of hope and those of despair, can we collectively create the space for a brighter future to emerge?

October 30 - "The Ancestors' Breath: Dia De Muertos Celebration"
*Multigenerational Worship*

Worship Leaders:
Rev. Mara Dowdall, Senior Minister; Martha Dallas, Director of Religious Education; Melinda Lee, Worship Associate

Music: Adult Choir (11)

In countries throughout Latin America, particularly Mexico where it's a national holiday, the end of October brings el "Dia de Muertos," (Day of the Dead), a time for honoring the departed through festive celebrations. Over the centuries, Dia de Muertos has blended indigenous practices with the Catholic customs of All Saints and All Souls Days. This morning, we will learn about and from this beautiful tradition, as we seek to celebrate and honor our own ancestors. Our service for all ages will involve building an altar to our ancestors; please bring with you an item representing an ancestor of yours to include (could be a photo, piece of clothing, or food or beverage they enjoyed) - you will get it back after our service concludes.

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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. 

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Our business offices are generally open Tuesday - Friday,  from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   The building is open at other times by appointment only.



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