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.
Did you miss Rev. Mara's Installation? Do you just want to relive that joy and excitement we were all feeling that day? Come visit our Installation page!
April 27, 9am and 11am UUs at UVM: "This I Believe"
What do UUs of the Millennial Generation believe? This morning's service features personal essays by several members of our UU Campus Ministry group: undergraduate students at the University of Vermont. They are honored and excited to be our guests! Martha Dallas, Director of Religious Education, coordinates the service
May 4, 9 & 11 a.m. – Choir Sunday! - Dr. Lisa Wolff, Music Director and the First UU Choir
Come enjoy a special music-filled start to May at the UU! In this much-beloved annual tradition, Lisa Wolff, Music Director, and the choir, with Wayne Schneider’s accompaniment, will share several offerings, including reprises of anthems from this and prior years, back by popular demand. Let your spring spirit be stirred by the beauty of music.
It will be a multigenerational Mother’s Day morning at First UU. Through our service for all ages, we’ll explore the important role that the village of spiritual community plays in nurturing each of us throughout our lives, and in the words of UU minister David Blanchard, helping us “find our song.” We’ll join in dedicating new babies, honor this year’s Religious Education volunteers, and enjoy the musical gifts of the Children’s and Adult Choirs.
May 18, 9 & 11 a.m. – Thus Do We Covenant – Rev. Mara Dowdall and the Committee on Ministry
Unitarian Universalists often speak of being a covenantal, rather than a creedal faith. But what does it mean to “covenant”? What are covenants and why are they important in our lives and faith community? On this Covenant Sunday, which we hope to make an annual tradition, we will celebrate the first anniversary of our First UU congregational covenant and renew our commitment to it. Jeff Trumbower, longtime First UU member and scholar of religion, and Rev. Mara will each offer a reflection.
On this Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, when our larger culture remembers those who lost their lives in war, our service will take up the idea of “remembrance” and explore its importance in our lives. During the service, there will be a ritual to remember the names of dear ones lost in the past year.
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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.
|9:00||First Aid/CPR Training|
|10:00||Art Opening Reception|
|12:30||Care Network Ministry Grief In-Service|
|4:30||Labyrinth Task Force Meeting|
|5:30||Religious Education Committee Meeting|
|9:00||Library Work Day|
|6:00||Nominating Committee Meeting|
|9:30||Womens Alliance Meeting|
|9:30||National Eating Disorder Association Walk|
|5:00||Youth Group Regional Gathering|
|12:30||Planned Giving Workshop|
|4:30||Labyrinth Task Force Meeting|
|12:00||VIA Clergy Lunch|
|6:00||Religious Education Committee Meeting|
|7:00||Noyana Singers Rehearsal|
|7:00||Membership Committee Meeting|
|10:00||Small Group Ministry Steering Committee Meeting|
|10:00||New UU Class|
|5:00||2nd Saturday Supper|
|10:00||Yuuth Group Pancake Breakfast|