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
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.
Preaching about the road where the Gospel’s Good Samaritan came to the aid of the beaten man, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., suggested, “One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.” It made the Rev. Anne Bancroft wonder: when is the last time any of us traveled Jericho Road?
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. Our theme for the month of January is “intention.” 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 January 20 with All the Difference (2016), which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dared to dream a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college.
A concert honoring the music of black classical and jazz musicians of the 20th century will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 13, in the church sanctuary.
Baritone James Dargan and pianist Mark Whitlock will perform music from the greatest hits of Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Robert McFerrin, Sr. Those inspiring and accomplished musicians, notable for having achieved considerable fame in their lifetimes, are less well-known today.
Suggested donations for “Oh, Glory! A Black History Matters Recital” are $15 at the door, or $10 for students. Children are free. All are welcome.
The church meditation group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month starting in January. Next gatherings are January 11 and January 25. We begin at 7 p.m. with a short poem, followed by silence (seated on chairs) for 25 minutes. We hope you will join us in the new year!
The Racial Justice Task Force is inviting our congregation to move into a new phase of our conversation on racial justice. Two justice banners will hang in the parish hall from January 8 through January 29: a Rainbow banner and a Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner. BLM buttons, bracelets, and yard signs will also be available to borrow or keep. Learn more.