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!
Join the Journey!
March 9 – 9 & 11 a.m. - “So Little Time”- Greg Delanty, Guest, with Maeve McBride, Worship Associate
Poet and St. Michael's College professor Greg Delanty will share with us words and images from his recent book, So Little Time, an interactive, inspiring call to action for the climate crisis. A collection of writings and images, the book has been described as "a revolving door of political activism, spirituality, nature, and humanity." A not to be missed special service.
March 16 – 9 & 11 a.m. - “A Communion of Kindled Souls”
“Only kindled souls can really do religious teaching,” wrote Frederick May Eliot, “for they must lead children, youth and adults to the threshold of those great experiences which bring a feeling of the overpowering beauty, the majesty, the awfulness of the world in which they are living.” Martha Dallas, Director of Religious Education, preaches and leads worship.
March 23 – 9 & 11 a.m. - “New Eyes” - Rev. Mara Dowdall preaching
On this Sunday at the cusp of spring, our service will invite us to see our lives and the world around us through fresh eyes and in new ways. Mara's sermon will reflect on how easy it is to miss much of what's happening all around us-including that which is beautiful, wondrous, and inspiring-when we are too focused on the tasks at hand. What can happen when we widen our gaze and shift our focus, when we look at our days through different eyes?
March 30 – 9 & 11 a.m. - “Who Saved You?”
On the morning of our First UU Installation, Rev. Mara will preach to us an "old favorite," her sermon on what salvation means for UU's. In our UU congregations, we don't speak often of “salvation,” but, Mara suggests, if re-imagined, the concept can have tremendous power and resonance for us after all. To be human is to need to be saved. The morning services will include a special Children's Installation ritual, too!
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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.
A complete Society Calendar can be found in the members' section of the website.
|6:00||Nominating Committee Meeting|
|7:00||Stewardship Committee Phone A Thon|
|10:30||Womens Alliance Meeting|
|5:00||Second Saturday Supper|
|10:00||Womens Spirituality Group|
|12:00||Great American Meat-Out|
|12:00||Book Discussion Group|
|5:30||Property Committee Meeting|
|5:30||Music Committee Meeting|
|6:00||RE Committee Meeting|