Second Congregational Meeting House Society, Unitarian Universalist

11 Orange Street

Nantucket, MA 02554

508-228-5466

office@unitarianchurchnantucket.org

 

Church office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 9 a.m. – noon

Minister’s office hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. - noon and by appointment

Parsonage: 508-680-6498

revlindasimmons@gmail.com

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WEDDINGS AT THE UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE

The historic 1809 Unitarian Meeting House is the perfect location for Nantucket weddings of all sizes. The building's gold dome, one of the island‘s most recognizable landmarks, beckons wedding parties as they arrive by ferry or plane, setting the stage for a special occasion always to be remembered.  

The sanctuary's rose-hued upholstered pews seat up to 450 for a wedding ceremony. Overhead, the central interior dome, painted in trompe l ‘oeil during the 1840s by Swiss artist Wendte, is accented by an elegant chandelier. The interior was restored in 2011 by EverGreene Painting Studios of New York. On either side of the historic space, sunlight streams through tall windows that retain most of the 19th century original glass. Another special feature is the 1831 Goodrich organ, a historic treasure in perfect working order. Its beautiful tone is enriched by the sanctuary's stunning acoustics.

The principles of Unitarian Universalism are welcoming to people of all faith backgrounds. We welcome interfaith ceremonies and ceremonies that are non-religious as well. The sacred honored in all marriage ceremonies is the love that each couple brings with them.

Since 1985 our ministers gladly performed “services of union” for same-sex couples. When Massachusetts became the first state in America to recognize civil marriage as a civil right on May 17, 2004, our minister emeritus, the Reverend Ted Anderson, joyfully began uniting same-sex couples in legal marriage.

We look forward to making your special occasion a memorable one. 

To talk with our event coordinator  about your wedding in the historic sanctuary or in our smaller Hendrix Hall, please call (508) 228-5466 or email office@unitarianchurchnantucket.org

Book your Nantucket wedding today!

Visit nantucketweddingminister.com to learn more about Rev. Linda and weddings at the Meeting House.

OFFER IN SUPPORT OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Carrying on our long Unitarian Universalist history of supporting gay and lesbian rights, The Reverend Linda Simmons and The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Nantucket are making a special offer to all same-sex couples who wish to be married from June 2019 – June 2020.

As a commitment to gay marriage, Rev. Linda Simmons will waive her $600 wedding fee, and the UU Meeting House will match her offer by sending $600 of the wedding fee to one of the non-profits listed below, of the wedding couple‘s choosing, that works to defend the rights of LGBTQ peoples.

We do this recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all people.

Please contact Rev. Linda at revlindasimmons@gmail.com or call 508-680-6498 or 508-228-5466 to book your wedding today.

.Non-profits that support LGBTQ rights:

  • At Lambda Legal, we imagine a world without discrimination and inequality, and we work to achieve that vision every day. We make the case for equality in the nation's courts and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way all of us live - we change laws, policies and ideas.  

  • The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

  • The LGBT Asylum Support Task Force helps settle LGBT refugees in the U.S., funding their housing, living expenses, trauma counseling, and legal representation. 

  • MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

"The moment we walked into the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House we knew we wanted to be married there. It was a spiritual experience. Then we met Rev. Linda Simmons. The three of us formed an instant connection. We felt cared for and seen by her, and for a gay couple that is a gift. We never thought marriage would be an option in our lifetime, and Linda understood the gravity of this. She guided us through our initial sit down and gave us questions to answer about each other. It was an invaluable exercise. Then our special day came. And on that altar the three of us had another spiritual experience that brought laughter and tears. We are forever grateful for the gift Linda has given us. We wish the same joy, love, understanding and guidance for all couples who embark on the journey of marriage. Linda continues to be a guide in our lives and a piece of our hearts.”

~ James Michael and Jonathan, married October 3, 2015