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.
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Sunday, August 31st - 10 a.m.
This I Believe: Standing on the Side of Justice
This Labor Day weekend, we worship by standing on the side of Justice. Several members will share their personal statements on economic justice and climate justice. Special musical guest: The Solidarity Singers.
September's Theme: Gathering
September 7th - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
“Waves/Ocean” – Rev. Mara Dowdall and Martha Dallas
Come worshippers of all ages, as we begin a new year of shared ministry at the UU. We will gather to give thanks for the collective waters of faith community that sustain us, to welcome newcomers whose journeys have flowed into the sea of First UU, and to remember our connection to the larger ocean of life. We will sing, reflect, and join in our annual UU ingathering tradition: water communion. Please bring a small amount of water from home or somewhere you’ve been this summer to pour into our communal vessel.
September 14th - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
“Wake the Nation” – Rev. Mara Dowdall, preaching
A week before the historic People’s Climate March in New York City, we will reflect on the power and purpose of mass mobilizations for social justice. What happens when hundreds or thousands of people gather in one place, “in one strong body,” to call for change? Why do these actions matter—for climate change and for other crucial issues of our time? We will also join in a ritual based on the ancient tradition “laying on hands” to bless and send forth the Burlington UU’s who will be attending the march.
September 21st - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Guest Worship Leader TBA
September 28th - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
“To See It Is To Have It”
In an oft-quoted line from the Book of Proverbs, the ancient scripture-writer observes that “where there is no vision, the people perish.” On this final Sunday of our “Gathering” month, we’ll consider the meaning and importance of “vision” in faith community. This year, the Board of Trustees will be articulating “ends” for First UU, which paint a picture of our shared values and the difference we hope to make in the world. As this work begins, we’ll explore the power and possibility of gathering around a shared vision.
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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.
|7:00||Locked Up & Shipped Away|
|5:30||Usher & Greeter Hospitality Training|
|7:00||Noyana Singers Rehearsal|
|7:00||Membership Committee Meeting|
|6:00||Resource Ministry Team Meeting|
|5:30||Property Committee Meeting|