The Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick demolished video

Brunswick church demolished

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick is no more.  Contractors spent the day Tuesday tearing down the walls and felling the steeple.

Church members were joined by passers-by to watch as the 126 year old house of worship came crashing down.

“That was our space and that is where we had our community life as a congregation and it is sad to see it go,” stated Rev. Sylvia Stocker, the congregation’s minister.

“For me, that’s where the loss is, ” she said adding, “all of the things that happened within the walls because without those activities the church wouldn’t be a church.”

“The real heart is in the people and the people’s experiences and we still have those that we can hold on to,” explained church member Michael Heath.  “We haven’t lost that.”

Back in June, an electrical glitch started a fire that gutted the church. The church has been a landmark in Brunswick since 1885. The congregation plans to build a new church on Pleasant Street.

They salvaged as much as they could from the old building, either to sell off or to use in their new home — including the church bell, stained glass windows, wrought- iron fencing and a weather vane.

Plans to build a new church at the same site are still being finalized.  Church officials hope to start construction next spring.

In the meantime, the congregation will continue holding services at the Minnie Brown Center in Bath.


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