Welcome

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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Upcoming Services                                                       

March's Theme: Commitment

March 8 – 9 & 11am   Building the Beloved Community – AMONG

Worship Leader: Rev. Mara Dowdall
Worship Associate: Kristin Kany
Special Musical Guests: Isla Duo

Kicking off our annual stewardship campaign, we will celebrate the beloved community we seek to build among the members of First UU. What are the qualities that transform any congregation into a “Beloved Community?" At this point in its more-than-200-year-history, how can First UU fully embody such a spirit? How do we create such a care-giving, spiritually-inspiring, justice-making, truth-seeking community together?

March 15 – 9 & 11am   Building the Beloved Community – BEYOND

Worship Leader: Rev. Mara Dowdall
Worship Associate: Stephen Rainville
Music: First UU Choir

In March of 1965, at the height of the civil rights movement, thousands of Americans joined Dr. King and other movement leaders in Selma to stand up for justice and to risk their lives for a vision of a better world—a true “Beloved Community” on earth. Fifty years later, while we know progress has been made, our world continues to fall terribly short of the world that King and his contemporaries prophesied. In 2015, how do we live out our commitment to “Beloved Community?" As a congregation, how can we make a difference beyond the walls of our Meeting House?

March 22 – 9 & 11am   Spiritual Awakening at the Megachurch

Guest Worship Leader: Mark Redmond
Worship Associate: Rebecca Gurney

Ten years ago Mark Redmond went to a local church to pick up some donations for Spectrum; he admittedly entered with a dismissive attitude, especially after someone had warned him, “We call this the Hollywood church.” He left one hour later a very changed person, and with the realization that there is suffering, and redemption, even in a “Megachurch.”

Mark Redmond is executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services where he has served since 2003. He is the author of The Goodness Within: Reaching out to Troubled Teens with Love and Compassion and has had articles published in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Huffington Post. His talk, “This Church” was recently played on NPR’s Moth Story Hour. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Villanova University and a master's in public administration from New York University. Mark and his wife Marybeth live with their 12-year-old son in Essex.

March 28 – 9 & 11 am   Our Song to Sing

Guest Worship Leader: Matt Meyer
Worship Associate: Woody Fulton

Matt Meyer will lead us in an energetic exploration of rhythm, music, and justice. What does the experience of music tell us about how we live out our faith in the world? What does it tell us about the community we build together? Join us this Sunday for rhythm and song, quiet reflection, and an experience of the holy in music.

Matt is a musician and community organizer who has lead hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt is also a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury.
 


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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.