When a loved one has died...
Our lovely woodland setting, with views from every window and the deck, is perfect for both intimate and public memorial services. You may choose between the larger Meeting House with its warm interior and the smaller Kelley Room overlooking our stream that flows into the Paint Branch of the Anacostia River. After the service, you may wish to have a reception indoors, but in nice weather people may gather to reminisce on the deck or enjoy some reflective moments in the woods below in our Meditation Area or on the streamside bench.
Unitarian Universalist memorial services are celebrations of the life of the person who has died. They tend to feel intimate even if many people attend. They may include music, readings, and speakers suggested by the family or requested by the deceased if he or she made known their wishes, all woven into a service that honors the person's life.
For those not familiar with Unitarian Universalism, our walls are decorated with contemporary art works rather than religious symbols. Persons of all faiths, or no faith, feel "at home" in our beautiful space.
Who Will Officiate?
Our minister, Rev. Diane Teichert, will meet with family members in advance of the service to hear about the person.s life, favorite stories and memories, and to discuss your hopes and wishes for the memorial service. She will facilitate the planning of a service that suits your loved one and brings the attendees together to both mourn and celebrate.
What About Music?
Our beautiful Meeting House piano may be used according to the provisions of our rental policy. Our Music Director, David Chapman, is a superb pianist and may be available to perform for the memorial service. If not, he can suggest another pianist. Often used for recitals and concerts, the Meeting House is known by many area professional musicians for its excellent acoustics. We have a public address system with the capability to play CD's as well. In the Kelley Room, there is an upright piano but no public address system.
How Do I Get Started?
PBUUC members should contact the minister directly. For non-members, please contact our Church Administrator, Chuck Bury, to explore dates. He will give you a tour of our space, help you decide how to use it, and work with you on the rental contract. He will put you in touch with Rev. Teichert and David Chapman, at your request. If you have your own clergy or musician, you can indicate that to him. He is best reached by email, but may also be reached at 301-937-3666.
What are the fees?
For PBUUC members, there will be no fee for the Minister's services or for the use of our space for a ceremony and simple punch-and-cookies reception that will be provided by other members through our We Care Network. For non-members the Minister's fee will be $250. The Music Director's fee is generally $150. Fees for space usage and the services of a Building Manager may be discussed with the Church Administrator.