"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.

rainbowchaliceWe are a Welcoming Congregation. 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 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

TPC drawing

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.

December 11  – Be Ye Lamps Unto Yourselves

This service will be led by Rebecca Priest, a member of the congregation and long-time practitioner of Buddhist meditation. We will explore the teachings of the Buddha in honor of Bodhi Day, traditionally celebrated on December 8th as the day of the Buddha’s awakening. How is what the Buddha taught relevant to the challenges that we face in our current lives? Are there ways in which the Buddha’s words overlap with the values that we cherish in our Unitarian Universalist tradition?

Vespers Service, Friday, December 16, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

For many of us, the holiday season is fraught with emotional challenges, perhaps age-old, perhaps brand new. For others, even the joy of it all can be disturbed by the pace. If either sounds familiar, we invite you to join us for a quiet evening service of warmth and light.

 

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.

Sermon Archive

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

On the Horizon

Explore Racial Justice Through Film

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.

See the full schedule of films here.

Post-Election Blues Potluck, Friday, December 9

Come join us to share food and ideas/resources for defending UU principles from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Deb Ferrenz will have a sign-up sheet for food during coffee hour on November 27 and December 4 or you can email her.

RE Game Night, Saturday, December 10, 5 p.m.

All are welcome to join the RE families for Game Night on Saturday, December 10 starting at 5 p.m. in the parish hall.
We are asking folks to bring cash for pizza, drinks, desserts, and other snacks. And, of course, games for all ages!

Unmasking the Domination Code of “The Doctrine of Discovery,” Sunday, December 18, 12:00 p.m.

Please join Alison Gottlieb and Andrea Cherez on Sunday, December 18 in the parish hall parlor at noon for a presentation of this film based on the book by Steven Newcomb.

With narration by Buffy Sainte-Marie, it tells a compelling story of historical truth, spirituality, and resistance, on behalf of original nations and indigenous peoples who bear the scars of this ancient doctrine even today. A short discussion will follow the hour-long film.