The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond will deliver the third annual Theodore Parker Lecture on Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. Her topic is “The Best Is Yet to Come: The Opportunity of the Climate Crisis.” A reception in the parish hall will follow the lecture. Details are...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
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.
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.
This Sunday we will explore the theme of unrelenting transformation: its attendant losses, yields, and supports.The service will be led by Hannah Burr, a West Roxbury resident, contemporary artist, and author of the books Contemporary Prayers to * [whatever works] and Help me [ ], do the thing. Her artwork, talks, and books explore the intersection between creativity and spiritual practice. A graduate of Brown University in Visual Art and Religious Studies, Burr draws on an 18-year meditation practice and has collaborated with children, UU communities, after school programs, Episcopal churches, and museums and galleries, including the MFA Boston, Currier Museum NH, and the Drawing Center NY.
The ancient celebration of Samhain (our contemporary spin-off being Halloween) encouraged the Catholic Church to focus attention on those who had died with two annual celebrations: All Saints Day, November 1, and All Souls Day, November 2. In the context of our monthly theme of Discovery, how do Unitarian Universalists understand the difference? And, what does that suggest to us about how we are encouraged to live?
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 began in September with “humility,” as we did last year. 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.
Join us this church year on selected Fridays at 7:30 p.m., as we explore racial justice through free screenings of award-winning films followed by community discussion.
The series continues on November 18 with the documentary “The Return” on mass incarceration and release.
West Roxbury will be rockin’ on Saturday, October 22 with lots of open doors and music up and down Centre Street, including lots of musicians playing in the church’s front yard and the parish hall! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rev. Anne or leave a message at 617-325-4439. Children and youth are welcome.