Church members voted unanimously on May 11 to call the Reverend Anne Bancroft to be our next settled minister. She began her ministry on Aug. 1. “I’m excited to accept the call as minister to this energetic and vibrant community of seekers,” Rev. Bancroft said. “What a great...Read More
The Theodore Parker Singers is an ensemble with an eclectic repertoire that performs several times a month. New singers are always welcome. The group rehearses every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Michael Johnson, the group’s director, composes and arranges much of...Read More
Three hundred years ago, in 1712, a band of farmers from the western part of Roxbury grew tired of the long trip to their parish church and petitioned the colonial government for permission to form a new parish closer to their homes. When their request was denied, they...Read More
Worship services, religious exploration, pastoral care, and committee work are only part of what Theodore Parker Church is all about. We also love to have fun! Coffee hour after each service often features dips, desserts, and other delectables whipped up by the stalwart cooks...Read More
– Theodore Parker
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.
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 tradition of our congregational polity traces back to 1648 with the publication of The Cambridge Platform, a doctrinal statement for the Puritan congregations of the colonial era. As we embark on one of the most fundamental aspects of our polity, that of choosing and installing the congregation’s minister, let’s remind ourselves what’s involved. This service will be led by the Rev. Anne Bancroft.
You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.
We will formally ‘install’ Rev. Bancropft as our new settled minister at a special service on Sunday, November 16, at 3 p.m. All are welcome. A reception in the parish hall will follow the service.
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 35 years. The course will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of most months (six sessions total), starting October 5. More information.
Rabbi Brian Walt, a founder of Rabbis for Human Rights North America, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 7, on “The Prophetic Challenge: Breaking Silence, Speaking Truth” which addresses why Israel-Palestine is an issue that must engage all of us, despite the difficulties. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The lecture is the first in an annual series featuring theologians or clerics whose work reflects Theodore Parker’s drive to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice. View the event flyer.
Our next Saturday Open Mic will be December 6 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 Mic, usually held on the last Saturday night of the month unless that date falls in a holiday weekend. If you are willing and able, please email Michael Johnson.
The next Meditation Group meeting will be on Thursday, December 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the home of the Jennifers (106 Temple Street, West Roxbury). Subsequent meetings will be on the first Thursday of the month. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in — or join us for a cup of tea at 6:30.