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Memorial Services

The greatest gift we give one another is our very presence. Our minister, Reverend Abbey Tennis, would be honored to be in your presence as we celebrate the life of your loved one.  She will meet with you and your family to craft a ceremony that specifically represents your love one’s story, your beliefs, and your values, selecting text, readings, and music that authentically symbolize your loved one’s life.

Learn more about our spaces.

To inquire about renting a space for a memorial, fill out the rental program contact form below.

Memorial Garden

The Memorial Garden is a space set aside for the interment of the cremated remains of Church members and friends, their partners and families. The Garden is located on the west side of the Church, facing Chestnut Street. It has been landscaped; a flowering dogwood tree and a small bench encourage contemplation.

A Certificate of Reservation for space in the Garden can be purchased in advance. It entitles a person to choose any or all of three options: Have her/his ashes buried in the Garden; be memorialized on a brass plaque in the porch; have two pages in the Memorial Album.

If you are interested in setting aside a space in our memorial garden, please contact the church office at 215-563-3980 or use the form below.

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Located in Center City Philadelphia within the Rittenhouse-Fitler Square Historic District, our neighborhood embodies the distinctive architectural diversity of several centuries, and is home to many of the city’s finest hotels, shops, and restaurants and accessible via public transportation and located with a few block radius of a dozen parking lots.

We offer parking permits at the Greenfield Elementary School –  Sansom St. between 22nd & 23rd St.

These permits are for evenings during the week (Monday – Friday, after 5:30 PM), and all day Saturday and Sunday. If using, please keep the following in mind.

  • All cars must display an Greenfield Elementary School Parking placard from First Unitarian Church.
  • Parking lot is set up in rows of cars. If you park in the back, you may be parked in.
  • Parking lot is available to the neighborhood on the weekend – please be considerate and leave a line open so that others can leave.
  • Greenfield Elementary School and School District of Philadelphia are not liable for any damage or theft to your vehicle