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.
Email your completed form to FunRaiserCommittee@uusociety.org or drop it off at the Meeting House!
If you are planning to attend the auction on Sunday, November 9th and you would like childcare, please email email@example.com with the names and ages of the children needing care. Deadline for obtaining childcare is Monday, November 3rd.
Photo Directory News!
If you could not make any of the photo dates but still want your photo to be included in the directory, then you can submit your own photo. The directory company charges a $10 fee for each submitted photo. Unless there is a financial hardship, you would need to pay this fee at the time of photo submission. (If your photo was taken by Ken as part of the Care Ministry, the submission and fee have been taken care of already.) It will look best if the submitted picture is vertical and 5x7 or smaller. The photo should be sent electronically if at all possible since there is no guarantee that Lifetouch will return the picture if it is a hardcopy. Please email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and send a $10 check payable to Lifetouch to Mandy Boyers. If you email Mandy, she will send you her address. All submitted photos need to be received by Sunday, November 2nd to be included in the directory and payments should be postmarked by that date as well.
If you had your photo taken in September & did not place an order, then your free 8 x 10 photo was shipped to the church. They are available for pick up from Christina at the church office the next 2 Sunday mornings. We should receive the October photos in about 3 weeks and you will be notified when and where they are available for pick up. If you ordered photos, then your order plus your free 8 x 10 should be sent directly to your home. If you don't receive your order or there are any problems with it, please contact Lifetouch directly at 1-888-313-1746. We hope to receive the directories in January and will let you know once they arrive!
November's Theme: Generosity
November 2 – “JUMP is Not a Place, But An Action!”
Guest Preacher: Wanda Hines, Director, Joint Urban Ministry Project
Worship Associate: Woody Fulton
As we kick off this month’s spiritual exploration of “Generosity,” come learn more about the Joint Urban Ministry Project, a collaborative interfaith ministry of which our congregation is a supporting member. JUMP Thanksgiving bags will be handed out.
November 9 – “A Generous Heart”
Worship Leader: Rev. Mara Dowdall
Worship Associate: Rebecca Gurney
Adult Choir, 11am
We often think of generosity as a practice directed outward and of generous people as those who give of themselves to others. But this Sunday, Rev. Mara’s sermon will consider that generosity is also an inward-directed practice. Inspired by the insight of a physician friend, who once pointed out that human heart feeds itself first, before circulating blood to the rest of the body, our service will explore the myriad ways, both inward and outward, in which we can cultivate a “generous heart.”
November 16 – “Icebergs and Ether: Insights through the Unseen”
Worship Leader: Martha Dallas
Worship Associate: Maeve McBride
Special Musical Guests: The Irregulars
We human beings commonly make sense of our world through our eyes. Expressing to someone, “I see what you mean,” conveys understanding. Yet what is most apparent and most visible often only tells us part of the whole story. This can even lead us to conclusions that are fundamentally inaccurate. What, then, can we learn if we look beyond appearances and below the surface of things? How can we learn to “see” all that hides in plain sight, and therein develop a deeper understanding of one another, our world and our place in it? Martha Dallas, Director of Religious Education, preaches today.
November 23 – Multigenerational Celebration of Generosity
Worship Leaders: Rev. Mara Dowdall and Martha Dallas
Worship Associate: Stephen Rainville
Children’s Choir, 9am; Adult Choir, 11am
Child Dedication Ceremony ** Both Services
Come take part in a joyful Thanksgiving service for all ages, continuing our exploration of November’s spiritual theme of Generosity through story, ritual, and song. JUMP bags will be collected, and our Guest at Your Table campaign will begin. If you are interested in having your child dedicated this Sunday, please let Rev. Mara know by Tuesday November 11 (email@example.com).
November 30 – This I Believe
Worship Associate: Melinda Lee
Find out what's happening at the First UU Society!
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.
|6:30||Adult OWL Class|
|6:30||Domestic Violence Survivor Speakout|
|10:00||Caring and the Art of Listening Workshop|
|2:00||Meredith Holzer Memorial Service|
|10:15||Childrens Choir Rehearsal|
|3:00||VNA Hospice Memorial Service|
|4:30||Labyrinth Ministry Meeting|
|7:00||Membership Committee Meeting|
|6:00||Yuuth Group Meeting|
|6:00||Gun Sense Vermont|
|10:30||Womens Alliance Meeting|
|6:00||2nd Saturday Supper|
|10:15||Childrens Choir Rehearsal|
|3:00||FunRaiser Live and Silent Auction|