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

July 31-"The Secret Life of Worship Associates"
10:00 a.m.

Sunday mornings at First UU are a collaborative experience that draw upon the talents of a diverse team of lay leaders, staff, and special guests. Worship Associate Rebecca Gurney will pull the curtain back to reflect on the joys and process of creating a transformational worship experience as a member of the lay Worship Associates Team.

Worship Associate: Woody Fulton


August 7- "Love Saves Stories"
Pulpit Swap with Rev. Paul S. Sawyer
10:00 a.m.

The Rev. Paul Sawyer will share stories from the Old Universalists to the present day, reflecting on the saving power of love—many different kinds of love, and many different ideas of what it might mean to be “saved”—in an effort to bring some concrete examples to some ideas we often talk about in the abstract, and to invite you to reflect on the “Love Saves” stories of your own life.

Worship Associate: Kristin Kany

The Rev. Paul S. Sawyer has served as the settled minister of the First Universalist Society of Hartland, Vermont since 2006. Prior to his ordination, Paul worked in education as a fifth-grade teacher, a behavioral counselor for children with emotional-behavioral disabilities, and as a wilderness educator, leading canoe trips, ropes courses, and teambuilding activities as program director at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, VT. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the Graduate School of Education at Boston University, and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Hartland, VT with his wife Katy and their two children, Emma and Aidan.


 Now Hiring for a Director of Music

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Click here to Read About the Procedures for Rev. Mara's Study Leave

Click Here to Read the Procedure for Emergency Cancellation of Services

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

Click Here to Read Our Post-Service Resource, "Afterword"!


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 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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