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!
BEGIN ONE SERVICE AT 10 AM—May 26th through Labor Day Weekend
May 26th—10 a.m. “Memorial Day Service”
Bridget Meyer, Worship Associate. Memorial Day began as a day to commemorate those who had died during the Civil War and later became a day to remember all those Americans who died fighting for their country. Bridget Meyer, who was raised in a military family, will lead this service. We'll explore how to honor the courage and sacrifice of soldiers while acknowledging the huge costs and tragedies of war and affirming our commitment to peace.
Reverend Mara Dowdall called to serve 1st UU Society of Burlington
On Sunday, May 19th, our congregation voted overwhelmingly to call Reverend Mara Dowdall to become the 15th settled minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. Following an opening reading, Board President Bill West called the meeting to order and announced that 203 members were present, coincidentally in the 203rd year of our Society. Former Society ministers Reverends Bob Senghas and Roddy O'Neil Cleary were acknowledged and received standing ovations from the congregation.
Ministerial search committee co-chairs Tom Hyde and Debby Bergh made and seconded the motion to call Reverend Mara to become our new settled minister. Several members voiced their support for Mara and endorsed the search committee's selection. While the ballots were counted, Bill expressed the congregation's gratitude and appreciation to the committee for their leadership, diligence and persistent efforts. He presented each member with a book of UU meditations and prayers from around the world and a gift card for some well deserved R&R.
Following the announcement of the vote, which was nearly unanimous, the front doors to the sanctuary swung open and Reverend Mara entered with her family to the congregation's standing ovation clapping to the music of Phillip Phillip's "Home". Mara humbly accepted the call to become our 15th settled minister. It was a joyous occasion filled with love, joy, hugs and tears. Welcome Reverend Mara, Ben and Dean to your new home!
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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.
|4:30||Animal Ministry Meeting|
|7:00||Membership Committee Meeting|
|8:00||Marathon Sunday Jr. Youth Group Fundraiser!|
|10:00||Womens Spirituality Group|
|6:00||Yuuth Group Evening Meeting|
|9:00||Office Closed - Memorial Day Holiday|
|2:00||Abby Hale Memorial Service|