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 spiritual discipline of pilgrimage is something we can practice in our daily lives. This service will be led by the Rev. Colin Bossen. Rev. Bossen is a Unitarian Universalist minister currently pursuing his PhD in American Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between the political and religious imaginations in the early twentieth century. He is the author of two religious education curricula published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and more than two dozen published essays, book chapters, journal articles, and poems.
Join us for this multigenerational service of spring and renewal. We’ll be celebrating the service with jazz, so you won’t want to miss it! Rev. Anne Bancroft will lead the service.
We will be continuing our evening vespers services once a month into June. We will gather in the sanctuary on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. It’s a lovely, quiet respite from a sometimes overwhelming world. Please join us this Thursday, April 2 for a time of quiet and reflection to celebrate the arrival of spring.
You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.
The Social Action Committee is hosting a screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Sunday, March 29, at noon in the parish hall parlor. This groundbreaking environmental documentary, starring Michael Pollan, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Will Tuttle, Howard Lyman, and Will Potter, follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today — and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Following the service on April 5, the congregation will meet to determine whether Theodore Parker Church wants to make a public statement opposing the proposed West Roxbury high-pressure gas pipeline. For more information on this important environmental issue, go to the following sites: West Roxbury Saves Energy, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, and West Roxbury Wicked Local.
The Friends of the West Roxbury Library / West Roxbury Reads 2015 book is The Giver by Lois Lowry. First published in 1993, this book has offered a powerful challenge to the idea of equitable community. Rev. Anne will be moderating a panel discussion on the “Ethical Issues in The Giver.” Panelists are: Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Hebrew Senior Life; Dr. Maureen Connelly, Harvard Medical Schools; and Dr. Sadath Sayeed, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. Join us for what promises to be a very engaging conversation. Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St.