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   

Sunday, September 6 - 10 a .m.

"Idle and Blessed" - The Spiritual Art of Leisure.

Worship Leader: Melinda Lee

Taking our cue from Mary Olivers's poem " The Summer's Day" we will ponder what it means to be "idle and blessed", and consider the role of leisure in our lives. We will glance briefly at the way economists and philosophers have both praised and vilified it.

About Melinda: Melinda Lee is a member of the FUUSB and one of our Worship Associates. She has earned degrees in history, history of art and nursing. She has a life long interest in religion and comparative religions. She has taught yoga and biblical history and has learned some Greek and Hebrew to read the ancient texts.

September 13 - **Return to Two Services: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m **

"The Spiritual Practice of Relationship"
Rev. Mara Dowdall and Martha Dallas

Adult Choir at 11am

Our September worship theme is "Relationship." As we kick off the new year at First UU, we'll consider how relationship helps us to both connect with the sacred and transform the world around us. Our worship for all ages will include, story, song, and a sermonette.

We'll also have a chance to welcome our new Membership Coordinator, Nina Dahlstedt Buss. Immediately following the 2nd Service, all are invited to go forth and join the FUUSB contingent at the Pride Parade! (This year, we'll be skipping the opening Sunday water ceremony in order to try some new things. But if you've already collected water, don't fear! We'll have a vessel in the sanctuary to collect your water, which will be used to bless our front lawn labyrinth this fall).

September 20 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

"Forgive/Let Live"
Rev. Mara Dowdall, preaching

In honor of the upcoming Jewish observance of Yom Kippur, our service will take up the ancient practice of forgiveness. We'll explore the connection between forgiveness and relationship. What is required for true forgiveness in our human relationships? How do we relate to those who have caused us harm, but who have not sought forgiveness? This is the first of two sermons Mara will preach this year based on topics proposed by our First UU Auction "Sermon Topic" winners.



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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 such as: 

Memorial services

Our building is accessible and is located near city parking and public transportation. 

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