BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Unitarian Universalist Society church celebrated one hundred years since the church was rebuilt after the Great Bangor Fire of 1911. The church was completely destroyed, but the congregation rebuilt it as close to the original structure as they could.
Sunday morning nearly one hundred and fifty members held a brief ceremony to remember what it took to rebuild the structure and the important role it played in the city.
Minister Becky Gunn said, "We have a longevity in this community that is so very important. The Universalist church in Bangor was the premier church. At one time it had over five hundred members and it would not have been the forward looking community, I think, if the church hadn't been here."
Members of the church are reminded of the fire that almost ended the church's existance each time they walk into the sanctuary. A century old Bible that survived the fire sits in a case right by the door.
The church is planning a rededication of the building next year.