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.

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September's Theme:  Gathering

September 21st - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Guest Worship Leader - Mike Brown
“Laboring in the Vineyard" 

"First of all, jobs and inequality are closely linked if not identical issues. There’s a pretty good though not ironclad case that soaring inequality helped set the stage for our economic crisis, and that the highly unequal distribution of income since the crisis has perpetuated the slump, especially by making it hard for families in debt to work their way out…"

          - Paul Krugman, “The Populist Imperative,” New York Times, January 23, 2014

We are delighted to welcome to our pulpit this Sunday Rev. Michael Brown, Pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian in Burlington, where he has served that small, outspoken, activist congregation for nearly twenty-five years. He is also one of the founding group of clergy who began what is now Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA). He enjoys a capella singing and flyfishing, and is also a cabinetmaker and historic preservation carpenter. He has two grown children living in Madison and San Francisco, and is married to Amity Baker.



September 28th - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
“To See It Is To Have It”
In an oft-quoted line from the Book of Proverbs, the ancient scripture-writer observes that “where there is no vision, the people perish.” On this final Sunday of our “Gathering” month, we’ll consider the meaning and importance of “vision” in faith community. This year, the Board of Trustees will be articulating “ends” for First UU, which paint a picture of our shared values and the difference we hope to make in the world. As this work begins, we’ll explore the power and possibility of gathering around a shared vision.   




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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.