"Be ours a religion which, like sunshine, goes everywhere; its temple, all space; its shrine, the good heart; its creed, all truth; its ritual, works of love; its profession of faith, divine living."

– Theodore Parker

Welcome, Visitors!

We extend a special welcome to visitors who venture through our doors to find out what we’re all about.

Our congregation includes people from many religious backgrounds and perspectives. We come together to learn, to care for one another, and to act for social justice in our community and in the world.

We are a Welcoming Congregation. All are welcome here, regardless of creed, color, financial circumstances, sexual or gender orientation, or wherever you may be in your religious journey.

Theodore Parker Church offers a loop system for the hard of hearing. Hearing aid wearers with a “T” (telecoil) setting can hear the service broadcast directly through their hearing aids. Others desiring hearing assistance may check out a portable receiver and headset from one of the greeters.

Directions to the church
What to expect on Sunday morning

Worship Services

Worship services take place every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day through Father’s Day (the third Sunday of June). Services last approximately one hour, followed by a fellowship hour in the parish hall to which all are cordially invited.

May 21 – When the Goin’ Gets Tough

Our theme for the month of May is Resilience. Set in the annual meta-theme of “Change,” it begs the question of how we cope when life presents us with challenges we didn’t anticipate. This year seems to be giving us all plenty of opportunity to practice. How is it we manage, the Rev. Anne Bancroft wonders, when the goin’ gets tough?

May 28 – Decoration Day

The Rev. Katie Lee Crane’s family called Memorial Day “Decoration Day.” Every spring they made the rounds of cemeteries, “decorating” the graves of their deceased relatives. On this Memorial Day weekend she invites us to ponder this question: “Who do I want to decorate?” Who is on your list of people–living and dead–who influenced you, inspired you, taught you, loved you? Some you knew; some you never knew. Some were relatives; others, strangers. They lived before our time. They lived on the pages of books; they wrote the books. They walked the walk. They made a difference. Rev. Katie Lee, minister emerita at First Parish of Sudbury, is a member of our congregation.

A note from Rev. Anne: We are continuing our monthly themes this year, adding the construct of a meta-theme to guide our choices: the challenges inherent in change. We’d love to have your feedback on this approach to planning our services. Feel free to contact me directly, or to share your thoughts with one of the members of our Committee on Shared Ministry: Joel Neiditz, Peter Stein, Jessica Basile, and Stan Gross. We are all happy to be open ears for your thoughts.

Sermon Archive

You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.

On the Horizon

Accessible Restroom Campaign Now Underway

Just $2,600 to go to reach our goal! We’re hoping for 100% participation in our effort to raise funds for an accessible restroom in the sanctuary foyer. Gifts received by June 15 will be matched two-to-one. You can even donate online. Details are here.

BYOC/T&B

Our almost-weekly Bring Your Own Coffee/Tea & Bible gatherings continue on Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. in the parish hall parlor. Join Rev. Anne in taking a closer look this spring at the biblical book of Genesis. On June 1 we will be discussing Genesis 33-36, continuing our investigation of the classic sibling rivalry story of Jacob and Esau. Come check it out!

Wednesday Meditation Group

The church meditation group will meet at the church on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. We begin at 7 p.m. with a short poem, followed by silence (seated on chairs) for 25 minutes.