"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, April 19: “The Freedom Side”

From the State House to the streets, our communities are alive with the struggle for racial justice. A protest song asks, “Which side are you on, my people, which side are you on?” Let us pray, sing, and worship together on the journey to the freedom side. The service will be led by the Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, a Unitarian Universalist community minister, and leadership development associate for youth and young adults of color.

Sunday, April 26: “Poetry Sunday”

Poems written and/or read by Theodore Parker Church poetry lovers young and old are the focus of this annual celebration of the poetic spirit.

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 on Thursday, May 7, for a time of quiet and reflection.

Sermon Archive

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

On the Horizon

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.