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Church of Universal Fellowship (Orono, Me.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1568

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records of the Church of Universal Fellowship and its various predecessors including the First Universalist Society, St. John’s Universalist Church and the Fellowship Church. Groups within the church including the First Universalist Meeting House Corporation, the Orono Universalist Parsonage Association and the Women’s Alliance are also represented in the collection. Many of the records appear to have been gathered by Verna Church Witter, a long-time member of the church who died in 1999.



Records are arranged in chronological order and include minutes of meetings and reports of the First Universalist Society, 1843-1862; the First Universalist Church, 1858-1915; and St. John’s Parish, 1862-1940; as well as annual reports of the Church of Universal Fellowship, 1961-1995. Financial records and treasurer’s reports for the various churches are also found in the collection, as are weekly calendars of the Fellowship Church, 1937-1941, and directories of the Church of Universal Fellowship for most years between 1970 and 1994.



A history of the church published in the Lewiston Journal Magazine of July 17-21, 1909, is also found in the collection.

Dates

  • 1843-1997

Creator

Access Restrictions

Collection kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Historical Note

The First Universalist Society of Orono, Maine, was organized in 1843 with services first held in 1844. In 1858, the Society became the Orono Universalist Church. The property and rights of that church, including those of the First Universalist Meeting House Corporation and the Universalist Parsonage Association, were transferred to St. John’s Universalist Church (also known as St. John’s Parish) in 1861. St. John’s formed a federation with the Congregational Church in 1918 to form the United Parish of Orono; about ten years later the two churches again became separate organizations. The Fellowship Church was organized in 1929 with St. John’s remaining a separate entity. In 1941 the two churches were consolidated and became the Church of Universal Fellowship. The church is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association as a community church. Its mission statement defines the church as “a welcoming, interfaith congregation that respects and supports each person’s spiritual journey.”

Extent

2 boxes

9 ledgers

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Financial records, annual reports, and membership and historical information of the Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono, Maine, and its predecessors including the First Universalist Society, St. John's Universalist Church and the Fellowship Church. Records of the First Universalist Meeting House Corporation, the Orono Universalist Parsonage Association and the Women's Alliance of the church are also represented in the collection.
Title
Guide to the Church of Universal Fellowship (Orono, Me.) Records
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686