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Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Our Facilities

The Sanctuary/Meeting House

PBUUC's contemporary-style, 2,400-square-foot Sanctuary is a large, open, circular gathering space with a gleaming wood floor, exposed wood ceiling, and a wall of windows looking out onto the serenity of our wooded lot. The space seats about 175 people without tables and about 120 people with tables and allows for flexible seating arrangements that can accommodate any configuration of chairs and tables. The walls are decorated with contemporary art work rather than religious symbols. People of all faiths, or no faith, can feel welcomed and at home in our beautiful Sanctuary.

interior of the meeting house arranged for a musical recitalOften used for recitals and concerts, the Sanctuary is known to many professional musicians in this area for its excellent acoustics, making this a wonderful setting for any event involving music. We also have a piano that can be used in accordance with the provisions of your rental agreement. Our Music Director, if available, can perform for you for a separate fee. If he is not available, he can suggest another pianist. We also have a public address system that will play CDs.

There are two bathrooms in the hallway of the Sanctuary as well as a coat rack and hangers.

Next to the Sanctuary is a kitchen equipped with a stove and a warmer oven available for food preparation and reheating. There is also a refrigerator to keep food cold. We also have an industrial-type dishwasher, which is NOT available for use.

The Deck

deck between the meeting house and religious exploration buildingLeading from the parking lot, our property includes a panoramic deck that surrounds the Meeting House and connects it with PBUUC's other building—called the Religious Exploration Building—and the wooded glen at the back of the property. The deck provides barrier-free access to PBUUC's main building spaces. A staircase from the deck leads to a wooded glen behind the Sanctuary and the Religious Exploration Building.

The Religious Exploration (RE) Building

Our recently renovated RE Building, with its multiple rooms, provides an idyllic, peaceful setting for smaller gatherings. The largest space, called the Kelley Room, seats 70 people for a service or lecture or 50 for a reception or banquet. Smaller classrooms hold from 20 to 40 people each. All rooms, are connected by a winding ,window-walled corridor, and each room has large windows providing natural daylight and beautiful views of nature in any season.

a typcial classroom in the RE building with a table can chairsThe Hospitality Room is a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with a table and chairs and suitable for storing and preparing snacks and small meals. Use of the Hospitality Room, if available, is included in a RE Building rental agreement. The RE Building also has 3 bathrooms along the corridor on the upper level.

Rented together, the rooms of the RE Building’s upper level provide a lovely setting for a company retreat, community conference, or any other gathering that requires space for plenary and breakout sessions.

The lower level of the RE Building provides about 1,400 square feet of space—two rooms, a foyer, and a separate restroom—suitable for long-term leasing to a non-profit organization that needs dedicated office space. A separate entrance can be arranged.

The Glen

adirondak chairs arranged in the glen seen through light foliageBetween the Meeting House and the RE Building, there is a stairway leading from the deck down into our woods, our glen. It is a lovely and quiet wooded area kept unspoiled, where a stream bubbles quietly over stones. The serenity of this glen can bring peace to one who needs it and inspire joy in those who recognize its wonder.

Mayday celebrations, solstice festivities, Easter Egg hunts, birthday parties, and so much more take place in our glen. The Meditation Area and the streamside bench are ideal for reflection and contemplation, writing, reading, shamanic journeying...

This is a place where you can explore Earth-centered spiritual paths of various traditions, including Wicca, Paganism, Heathenism, and Native American beliefs. You can celebrate the seasons and honor the God/Goddess as conceived in a myriad of ways and a multitude of forms. Come and experience our glen.

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Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church • 3215 Powder Mill Road • Adelphi, Maryland 20783-1097
301-937-3666 • Fax: 301-937-3667 • churchadmin@pbuuc.orgwebmaster@pbuuc.org

Regular operating hours for the Church Office are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Any exception to these hours will be posted in the Sunday Order of Service.