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 worship service in the sanctuary. They also volunteer at Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in...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 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Michael Johnson, the group’s director, composes and arranges much of the repertoire. Many of our members are also instrumental musicians who perform regularly as soloists, piano accompanists, and in ensembles that form for special services and occasions. Read more about our music here — and see and hear the TPC House Band lead the congregation singing “We Shall Overcome” at our service on January 20,...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 gathered a new congregation without permission, hired a minister, and built a simple church on Walter Street. Over time, our theology has evolved from its Puritan roots, emphasizing freedom to discover what is true and share with others in loving, diverse, and welcoming community. Now located at the corner of Centre and Corey streets in the heart of West Roxbury, the congregation’s meetinghouse is distinguished through recognition by Boston Landmarks Commission and its seven extraordinary Tiffany stained glass windows. We celebrated our 300th anniversary in 2012 with a series of public...Read More
First-time visitors are amazed, and long-time members never grow tired of gazing upon the church’s spectacular stained glass windows, including seven from the Tiffany Studios. Those windows “are among the best to come out of the Tiffany Studios,” according to Virginia Raguin, director of Windows in America, writing in the Stained Glass Census of...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 among us. Candlelight dinners afford an opportunity to get to know other congregants during informal meals at one another’s homes. And various small groups and social gatherings are excellent venues for making new connections and strengthening old ones throughout the church year. If you like to prepare, share, or consume delicious or unusual food, you’re in good company. ...Read More
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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 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.
Worship services take place every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from Sunday, September 13, 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.
As we move off the Thanksgiving holiday, we consider the question: who’s not at the table? The service will be led by Debra Fowler, a co-founder of History UnErased, a local non-profit that seeks to create safer and more equitable classrooms and communities. The producer of two documentary films, “Through Gay Eyes” and “Hard Truth, Levity and Hope,” Debra will help us think more concretely about ignored, marginalized, and excluded members of society and how power is often used to move them to the periphery. With a powerful sermon of reflection, Debra will focus on some of the more challenging aspects of LGBTQ life experience.
A note from Rev. Anne: We began the year with a September focus on humility. Each month will orient somewhat thematically, related to our Reaching In, Reaching Out vision. We’re excited to be trying this new planning on for size, and hope you’ll provide your feedback as the year moves along. 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.
Next meeting: Sunday, January 10
Waking Up White by Debby Irving is our congregational read this summer and fall. This book will focus our continuing conversation about race which Rev. Anne Bancroft has recommended.
Molly Schen is leading monthly conversations; the next one is Sunday, January 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall parlor. At these conversations, current events will be woven into the discussion of the book.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend gatherings of the “White Privilege” study group, even if you have not yet read Waking Up White. All are welcome!
More information here.
We’re having a fair, and you’re invited! We’re looking for crafters, bakers, preserve makers, candle makers, jewelry makers, sales volunteers, and musicians to entertain the shoppers. Find out more here, or contact Virginia Bullock or Diane Issa. And watch for coming events leading up to the fair, such as community baking and wrapping paper making.