"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.

Sunday, March 29: “Basho’s Road”

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.

Easter Sunday, April 5: “The Stories We Visit”

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.

Monthly Vespers 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.

Sermon Archive

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

On the Horizon

Cowspiracy on March 29

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.

Meeting on April 5 on West Roxbury Gas Pipeline

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.

Rev. Bancroft to Moderate Discussion on The Giver on April 16

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.