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.  

 Upcoming Services

February's Theme:  Creativity


 February 1st - 9 & 11 a.m.
“The Spirituality of Art, Music and Sport”


Worship Leaders: Rev. Mara Dowdall, and Tom Cleary, Kristin Kany, and Katharine Montstream

Worship Associate: Kristin Kany


We will explore these various realms– art, music, and sport – with the help of renowned Vermont artist Katharine Montstream; jazz musician, composer, and teacher Tom Cleary; and USA National Team and World Cup rugby player Kristin Kany. (Rev. Mara will help lead the beginning of the service, then turn it over to Kristin, Tom, and Katharine when she departs to spend the rest of the morning visiting RE classes.)


February 8th - 9 & 11 a.m.
Creating Sacred Space

Worship Leader: Martha Dallas
Worship Associate: Stephen Rainville
Children’s Choir, 9am; Adult Choir, 11am.

Today’s worship will be multigenerational, with all ages present for the whole service. Together, we will reflect on what imbues spaces with a sacred quality. We will also explore ways of creating sacred spaces of our own, to help us cultivate grounding, meaning, and intention in our UU lives outside this meetinghouse.

February 15th - 9 & 11 a.m.
“Bored to Create”

Worship Leader: Rev. Mara Dowdall

Worship Associate: Maeve McBride


Recent social science research suggests that being bored actually increases our creative capacity. If this is the case, how does our contemporary culture, including our increasingly plugged-in world, shape (or impede) our ability to create and be creative? Rev. Mara’s sermon will connect the rich questions that this science poses with ancient stories of creation and spiritual practices around stillness and silence.


February 22nd - 9 & 11 a.m.
Hymn Sing

Worship Leaders: Stephen Rainville and Lisa Wolff

Worship Associate: Stephen Rainville

Adult Choir, 11am


Come ready to feed your soul and create music through singing together. Led by our fine First UU music staff, the service will offer a rare chance to request beloved hymns and sing a wide variety of favorites. Is there a hymn you’ve been hankering for? This is a chance to sing it.



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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. 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.