Information for Visitors and Newcomers
During the pandemic, the First UU Society of Burlington is continuing to provide many opportunities for you to become involved in our community! We are offering a variety of ways to join us online, outdoors, and indoors in small numbers. Please click here for more details about FUUSB during COVID.
We are a liberal religious community guided not by a creed but by shared values, including love, compassion, service, justice and truth. Our core values are summarized by Seven Principles and Six Sources. We believe strongly in individual freedom of belief, and we encourage our members to pursue their own spiritual journeys and develop a set of beliefs that is meaningful to them. We are an inclusive congregation, welcoming all people—of whatever age, class, ethnicity, gender, ability or sexual orientation—into our Beloved Community.
When to Come
Our worship services are on Sundays at 10 a.m. On Christmas Eve, Candlelight Services are at 4, 6, and 8 p.m.
What to Wear
Please dress in whatever way is comfortable for you. You will see people here dressed in jeans, dresses, shorts and suits.
Our building is accessible to people with disabilities and we strive to create an environment that enables everyone to participate fully in all that we do. We have large print hymnals and amplified listening devices. Most of our hymns are available in Braille versions. Gender diversity is welcomed here. All are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their identity. All-Gender restrooms are located on the lower level of the Meeting House.
Parking and Where to Enter
You may park in the oval parking area on the east side of the building or in the lot behind the building where you will see our solar panels. Additional parking is available in the city lot on Elmwood Avenue. There are two entrances to the building, one facing Church Street and one on the east side of the building where there is a wheelchair ramp. Both entrances are used by many people. For more information about parking, click here.
Greeters and Nametags
At each entrance, you’ll be able to get a copy of the Order of Service from an usher or greeter. Please fill out a name tag so we can get to know you.
Joys and Sorrows
Just inside the back of the Sanctuary, there is a small table behind the last pew with a book for those attending the service to write down their Joys or Sorrows. These will be read out loud during the service, so please use discretion regarding private and personal matters.
Although children are welcome in the Sanctuary during services, we do have a nursery for very young children and age-appropriate Faith Development classes for older children. Preschool and school-age children usually stay in the Sanctuary with their parents/guardians for about the first 15 minutes of the service. After that, they go downstairs for Faith Development classes. If your children are visiting a Faith Development class, please accompany them to their classroom and complete a visitor’s form. Click here for more information about Faith Development programs.
Meet a Member and Have Some Coffee!
Our members are very friendly and are always happy to meet newcomers. Please feel free to introduce yourself before or after the service. After the service, we have coffee and socializing in our Parlors and downstairs in the Community Room. There is a Welcome Table in the Parlors where you can find a Welcome Ambassador who can answer any questions you may have and provide you with additional resources. The services end 15 minutes before the end of Faith Development classes so that parents and guardians can enjoy a cup of coffee and some socializing before picking their children up.