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   


May's Theme: Healing




May 31 — 10am — Ideas for Healing -- Self, Others and Community 

Special Guest: Stephen Kiernan
Worship Associate: Kristin Kany

We will welcome to our pulpit renowned Vermont author Stephen Kiernan. In addition to his contributions as a novelist, journalist, and teacher, Stephen is also an important voice in the conversation about end-of-life issues and, as his website puts it, “improving life’s last chapters.”


June Worship


June 7 – 10am – YUUTH Sunday: Bridging Sunday
Worship Leaders: Members of the UU’s high school Yuuth Group, with Rev. Mara and Martha Dallas
Worship Associate: Stephen Rainville
Music: Yuuth Group musicians and Wayne Schneider

An annual favorite Sunday for many First UU'ers, this Service inevitably has a vibe of depth, honesty, humor, and hope. How could it be otherwise, when it is created and led by UU teens?! This year, the theme of the service is "alone," a topic rich with tenderness and possibility all at once. We'll welcome our rising 9th graders in a bridging ceremony, and also send forth our high school graduates, who, themselves, are embarking across bridges towards their young adult paths. We'll have just one service, at 10 AM, followed by our Annual Congregational Meeting at 11:15. 


June 14 – 10am – “Wow! Wow!”
Worship Leader: Rev. Mara Dowdall
Music: Adult Choir


June 21 – 10am – Summer Solstice and Flower Communion—Rebecca Gurney and friends


June 28 – 10am - Guest Worship Leader, Sermon Title TBA
Worship Leader: Rev. Erin Gingrich, Associate Minister, UU Des Moines, IA


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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.