While we look forward to the opportunities the new building presents, we are also aware that leaving our historic building may be a source of grief for those of us who love it deeply. Please comment below to share some of your favorite memories of Beacon Hill and its history. We will collect these comments and share them more widely.

  • Art Ungar

    I spent quite a bit of time at 25 when I served on the
    UUA Board and later on the COA. The question that got answered by the move is
    whether we want to have a monument or an effective staff.

    I remember meeting Bill Schultz in his President’s office
    at my first Board meeting. It was not pleasant.

  • Jim Merrill

    As a third-generation Angeleno, clueless about Ivy League
    culture, I had no idea that one should reserve Cambridge accommodations a year in advance of a Harvard graduation.

    Fortunately, having stayed once before during a genealogical “graveyard tour” of Massachusetts, I remembered the Eliot and Pickett Houses. My wife, daughter, and I felt ourselves a real part of Unitarian Universalist history when we stayed in the Jack Mendelsohn room at E&P., a short ride on the T to Harvard Square.

  • Rev. Dr. Christine M. Wetzel

    So much of my professional life for 60+ years has been
    spent at “25,” Elliot and Picket houses, that this space is too tiny to record so many cherished memories of people and times there. I initiated the custom of youth trips to Boston when Ferd Wilder,building sup’t, took us on the historical journey through “25”and then served us punch and cookies in the basement shipping room!! Years Later, Dana Greely invited us into his second floor office, without cookies. I remember Ernest Kuebler, Lotta Hemple and Edna Bruner at CLC on the fourth floor, CEPREL meetings when Bob Miller was instrumental in getting Starr King and Meadville to talk to each other about Budgets, and then there were the RE Futures meetings, the RE Advisory Committee Meetings, Dorothy Spoerl, Bob West, Bob Doss, Junella Hansen, Betty Anastos,Bobbi Nelson, Gene Navias and a host of others.

    Some of us worked so hard to bring into being the Ministry of Religious Education and Ordination for that Ministry. So much of all this was conceived at “25”. And finally, there was the day that the portrait of Dr. John Murray Atwood, beloved Dean of the St. Lawrence University Theological School, was presented with appropriate ceremony to “25” to hang in the chapel. To recount all the treasured people and UUA moments on Beacon Hill that have shaped my life would take a book. It is hard to say Goodbye to a place endowed with so much history, my own and that of so many of my religious ancestors.

    But what I love most about Unitarian Universalists is our ability to say Goodbye as one door closes and Hello as another opens to whatever!

  • When I first began this epic adventure as a DRE, I attended a workshop at 25 Beacon Street and spent the weekend at Elliot and Picket House. I met some wonderful people who became great friends and colleagues. I remember being barely able to contain my excitement at finding these kindred spirits. I don’t think I slept all weekend. Second only to that weekend is my long wandering around the UUA Bookstore. I could stroll around that tiny room all afternoon and made it a habit to stop in whenever I was in town. These early experiences formed my spiritual foundation probably more than anything else.

  • Bond Perry

    I grew up a Universalist. My mother and father (Rev. A. Q. Perry and Irene Lewis Perry) met
    at the theological school at Tufts and over my lifetime I heard “25 Beacon
    Street” referenced so often (with pride, at times with loving humor and at
    other times, contentious anger and at other times with near reverence) that it
    is the one address that I can count on remembering….even as age and frequent
    moves cause me to struggle to remember current addresses and zip codes and
    telephone numbers….. We believe in the :….”Neighborhood of 25 Beacon
    Street” was the unspoken part of the Avowal of Faith of the Universalist
    Church in which I grew up.

    I actually never entered the doors of Headquarters….but I have passed by on
    my infrequent visits to Boston as an adult….and always felt the pride of
    belonging, of being Universalist and then Universalist-Unitarian….and having
    a connection to the history embodied in that impressive and lovely old building
    and neighborhood so much a part of the American story of Freedom, Liberty and
    Independence. Awesome! “It would have been enough…..”

    I am sure the reasons for the move are overwhelming and valid….and I am
    dismissing the warnings about “old wine and new skins” for our
    Universalism-Unitarianism…is a Living Faith….built on the courage and
    vision of our forbearers….but poised on the brink…of the future. May All Be
    Well with thee….with us….with our precious faith.

  • S. Berliner, III

    After over 55 years as a U-cum-UU, and husband of a minister, I was appalled at our leaving 25 – until I found it only went back to 1927 (not antedeluvian, as I’d always thought). Other than leaving the sacred precincts of the State House and King’s Chapel, huzzah for Peter and the Board – well done! Sam, III