"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.

April 23 – Poetry Sunday

Poetry Sunday is an annual rite of spring at Theodore Parker Church. Please join us for our celebration of poetic verse.  Several members of the congregation will read their favorite poems written by others or poems that they have written themselves.  Julie McVay and Tom Keydel are coordinating this lay-led service.

April 30  – Go, Fish, Go

This service will be led by the Rev. Anne Bancroft. The sermon title clearly plays with the title of P. D. Eastman’s well-known Go, Dog, Go and invites us to consider a fish awakening to the water it swims in.

This Sunday will be a busy day for us, officially welcoming new members and celebrating a baby dedication during our service.  We will also participate in the White Supremacy Teach-In that a network of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations have called on congregations to observe. The Teach-In initiative is being “led by UUs of color and white UUs working together” and now includes more than 400 participating communities. I encourage you to learn more about the call.

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

We’re hoping for 100% participation in our effort to raise funds for an accessible restroom in the sanctuary foyer. Gifts received by May 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 April 27, we will dive into Genesis, chapters 21-23 which cover, among other things, the testing of Abraham. Many of you may know that in Islam, Ishmael is the son who is at risk, not Isaac.

Game Night, Friday, April 28, 6 p.m. in the Parlor

All are welcome to join the Theodore Parker Church families for Game Night on Friday, April 28, starting at 6 p.m. in the parish hall — a fun way to spend some time together. We will be pooling cash for pizza,  and request that you bring drinks, desserts, and/or other snacks. We hope to see many of you there!

Wednesday Meditation Group

The church meditation group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The next session is April 26. We begin at 7 p.m. with a short poem, followed by silence (seated on chairs) for 25 minutes. On May 10, Brenda Rogers will lead a special meditation evening at Theodore Parker Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Brenda has been practicing mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist Vipassana tradition for 12 years and is trained as a teacher in both MBSR (Mindfulness Based Meditation) and MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion).

Theodore Parker Church Food Drive, May 7

While many of our members and friends will participate in Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger, the Religious Exploration program will lead the congregation in a food drive for Rose’s Bounty, the food pantry at the Stratford Street Church.  Please bring non-perishable items to the service that day. Most needed are: canned tuna, pasta sauce, rice, beans (canned or dry), and canned vegetables (corn and beans in particular).