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.  

Welcoming author, Chuck Collins on December 1 at 7:00 p.m.!

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide—one that, for the first time in recent history, locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth; limits our ability to address crises like climate change; and creates a world that no one, not even the rich, will ultimately want to live in. In "Born on Third Base", Collins calls for an end to class war, busts the myths that define our views of rich and poor, and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future.



Join us this Saturday, December 3, at our 84th Annual Holiday Bazaar! 

Come one and come all to our 84th Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday from 9-2! We'll have something for everyone!

Basement: Wreaths for sale, household goods, books, children's crafts, toys, baked goods, Silent Auction and pies!

First Floor: Savory homemade soup & sandwich luncheon. 11 a.m - 1 p.m for only $8.00

Second Floor: Craft vendors offering jewelry, fiber arts and more!


We are on Soundcloud!

We have some exciting news that we hope will continue to bring nourishment and comfort! 

 We are now on Soundcloud, a platform that allows us to create sounds and share them with you and the world. Over the next few months we'll be moving all of our sermons there. In the meantime, we have sermons from the past few weeks.

Please enjoy Rev. Mara's beautiful sermon from worship on Sunday, November 13, and we warmly welcome you to share with your family, friends, and anyone that needs it. As Leonard Cohen said, "There's a crack in everything/ That's how the light gets in".



200th Anniversary

Carol Sing Event

Sunday, December 4th
7pm- 8:30pm

Choirs from area churches gather to sing seasonal gems!

Many opportunities for audience participation!

About our 200th Bicentennial: 

The “Church” at the top of Church Street in Burlington, Vermont is soon to be 200 years old. It was constructed during the summer of 1816 and dedicated on January of 1817. You are invited by the Board of Trustees and the Bicentennial Task Force to participate in these activities to learn more about this historic building. 




Upcoming Services

December 4-  "Wondering as We Wander," Rev. Mara Dowdall preaching
Worship Associate - Rebecca Gurney
Music: Adult Choir at 11am

As we begin our December exploration of "expectation," we'll consider together the power of wonder -- the sensation we have when experiencing what is both beautiful and unexpected. Wonder is a key practice of the Christian liturgical season of Advent, which has just begun, and it's also, argues Susan Beaumont, leadership and congregational consultant, a crucial antidote to the anxiety of the times in which we are living. What is the connection between wonder and our work in the world? 


Find out what's happening at the First UU Society!

Click Here to Read the Procedure for Emergency Cancellation of Services

Click Here to Read the Latest eNews Blast!

Click Here to Read The Latest Newsletter, "The Steeple"!

Click Here to Read Our Monthly Spiritual Themed Newsletter, "The Path"!

Click Here to Read Our Post-Service Resource, "Afterword"!


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. 

To use our space for your wedding or other special event, click here.


 Business Office Hours:

Our business offices are generally open Tuesday - Friday,  from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   The building is open at other times by appointment only.



Click Here to View our Public Calendar!