"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.

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What to expect on Sunday morning

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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.

January 15 – Taking the Long Way Home

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.

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.

“Oh Glory! A Black History Matters Recital,” January 13

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.

Wednesday Meditation Group

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!

Racial Justice Experiential Exercise – January 8-29

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.