The 10th Annual Theodore Parker Leaf and Petal Lovers’ Plant Sale is coming! Stop by the front yard on Saturday, May 27. We’ll be there from 9 a.m. until all plants have a good home. We will have flats of veggies, some herbs, and perennials from our own gardens. We...Read More
Music on Centre Concert, May 5, 8 p.m. Theodore Parker Church Music on Centre presents a thrilling evening of song and global rhythms featuring three nationally known musicians: African American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and peace activist Reggie Harris and two world-class...Read More
In 1837, Second Church Roxbury, having only recently re-written its original Puritan charter to reflect the more liberal Unitarian values of the congregation, called as its new pastor the Reverend Theodore Parker, newly minted graduate of the Harvard Divinity School. Parker was...Read More
Social service activities play a big role in the life of the church’s youth group. Last May, the teens organized a Hunger Banquet for church members and friends, which vividly illustrated the wide disparities in food security around the world. In June, they led a Sunday...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 9:05 a.m. in the sanctuary. Michael Johnson, the group’s director, composes and arranges much of...Read More
– Theodore Parker
We extend a special welcome to visitors who venture through our doors to find out what we’re all about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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).