The quintessential New England
clapboard church as
Hindu Temple

Maine is changing. Within the last 15 years, an influx of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers have transformed this once staid and homogeneous State into something approaching diversity. And although the latest census figures show that Maine has the second highest percentage of white’s in the nation, diversification is making its presence known.

Maine’s first Hindu Temple, the former First Universalist Church of Scarborough and South Buxton, is now the State’s first and only community temple. I like the way they’ve complemented the classic white clapboard facade with colorful trim. Inside it’s more exotic with brightly decorated walls, burning incense, and pictures of Ganesh and other gods.