Welcome to ASC!

Many wonderful and memorable events have taken place in our historic, welcoming church.

We have a variety of spaces available to accommodate many different types of events, such as workshops, meetings, celebrations, weddings, concerts, receptions, and intimate recitals. We rent spaces to external organizations only if there is a social justice or community-building component to the event, and if the event/organization is in line with the church’s mission and values.

A Historic Venue

All Souls Church is home to Pierce Hall, which was one of the first integrated movie theaters in Washington, DC. The motion picture booth was built at the bequest of church member Nettie Lovisa White.

Eleanor Roosevelt met with women of all races at All Souls, as our location was one of the few places in Washington where racially integrated groups could be served.  Among the prominent worshippers at the were African American activist and public official Frederick Douglass and historian George Bancroft.

Three U.S. Presidents have had membership with our congregation, two as founding members. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams (later President, 1825-1829) and Secretary of War John C. Calhoun (later Vice President, 1825-1829). In addition, the founding members included two future mayors of Washington: William Winston Seaton (1840-1850) and Joseph Gales, Jr. (1827-1830). President Taft held membership within the congregation, and his memorial service was conducted in the All Souls Church sanctuary.

Joseph Revere, the son of Paul Revere, cast the church’s 1,000-pound bell in his Canton, Massachusetts, foundry in 1822. Fundraising for the bell was boosted by a $100 contribution from President James Monroe. For years, it served as an unofficial city bell, rung to announce fires or call public assemblies. That stopped on December 2, 1859, when the church tolled the bell throughout the day that John Brown was hanged for leading a raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. DC’s mayor and city council denounced this act and ordered the discontinuance of all further public use of what became known as the “Abolition Bell.”

Our congregation has celebrated and practiced marriage equality long before it became federal law. Couples of all religious backgrounds and orientations are warmly welcomed at All Souls, where the first publicized service of same-sex union in DC history was held.  Mayor Fenty officially legalized same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia at a ceremonial signing held in the Sanctuary of All Souls Church in December of 2009.

 

Notes:

This is a 100% Drug and Tobacco Free Facility and Campus.

Please note that full payment for all rentals and weddings must be received prior to your event start date. Wedding payments must be received no later than 45 days prior to the wedding date.

Rental payments must be received no later than 15 days prior to the rental start date. Rentals arranged with less than 15 days notice must provide full payment immediately.

Security deposits are separate amounts from the total and do no apply toward the total due.  Security deposits are separate, refundable amounts that will be returned to you so long as there is no damage to the building or equipment, or excessive cleanup required by the church staff.

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IMG_9506I had my wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at All Souls Church last October. All the staff were helpful and responsive to communications with my husband and I. There are many newly renovated facilities, including new bathrooms, lobby areas, and a gorgeous terrace with succulent beds and floor lighting. There is a center courtyard with trees, flowers and bird baths. The sanctuary has history and charm, and Pierce Hall was a great venue for our reception, as it comfortably held 150 guests, a live band and a DJ. I would highly recommend All Souls as a wedding venue: a liberal church with rich history in the heart of DC…just steps from Meridian Hill Park (another great place to take wedding photos!)

-Jen H.

November 2016

Highly Recommended!

Odegaard7We chose All Souls UU for our wedding ceremony and reception. The church is historic, beautiful, and was large enough accommodate our 150 person guest list. The staff was helpful with the planning and execution of the event. A neighboring church parking lot was available for a fee, which was greatly appreciated. I wish we had allotted more time for the reception and clean up after as the time passed far too quickly. All in all it was a great venue and we loved our wedding. We have wonderful memories.

-Amy O.

October 2015

Historic and Beautiful!

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