"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. 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 now 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.

The sanctuary will be open on Thursday, September 11 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for all who seek a place for quiet reflection and to be in community.

September 14: “Out of Something, Something New”

New beginnings rarely start totally from scratch. Greek philosophy would assure us that nothing comes from nothing. (So did Maria Von Trapp, for that matter!) This week we’ll begin a conversation about ideas and the words we use to engage them with. And, who knows? It might even have something to do with theology! Rev. Bancroft leads the service.
This week our children and youth will begin their own engagement with the Tapestry of Faith curriculum called World of Wonders. It is an exploration of the natural world that our teachers will be partnering with stories from the Hebrew Scriptures, many of which are filled with their own tales of natural wonder! Please make sure you have filled out an RE registration form. The ushers will have some on hand, as will this week’s teachers.

September 21: “Among the Things We Left Behind”

When the Unitarian and Universalist traditions merged in 1961, a new, liberal religious trajectory was set in motion. Were there things we dropped along the way – rituals or practices, for example – that might actually be useful? Only one way to find out! Rev. Bancroft leads the service.


Sermon Archive

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

On the Horizon

Fall Course for Adults: Escalating Inequality

Our fall adult religious education offerings will begin with a course on “Escalating Inequality.” We will explore social conditions and processes that explain the rapid increase in economic inequality during the past thirty-five years. This course will meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings from September 21 through October 26. More information

Theodore Parker Singers

The  Theodore Parker Singers rehearse each Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:15. New singers in all parts are welcome. There are no auditions; however, some choral singing experience and ability to read music are a plus. The group performs in worship services approximately every 2 weeks. Join us for a rewarding musical experience exploring an eclectic repertoire. Much of our music is written and/or arranged by Michael. Laura Dowd is our wonderful accompanist.

New Season for Our Saturday Open Mic…

Our next Saturday Open Mic (or Mike) will be September 27 in the parish hall. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. and performances at 7:30. We’re eclectic and family friendly. Open Mic is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Michael Johnson and Julie McVay are asking for volunteers to help run the TPC Open Mike nights on the last Saturday night of each month. If you are willing and able, please email Michael Johnson.

…and the Meditation Group

The next Meditation Group meeting will be on Thursday, October 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the home of the Jennifers (106 Temple Street, West Roxbury). Subsequent meetings will be on the first Thursday of each month.