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 9th Annual Leaf and Petal Lovers’ Plant Sale is coming on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. until all plants have a good home. This year we will have flats of veggies, some herbs, and the perennials we’ve come to expect. We will also sell baked goods. This sale brings 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 9:05 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
– 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 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 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.
Memorial Day offers us a chance to remember the lives lost fighting for this nation. This past year has reminded many of us that life offers a whole range of ways that we lose loved ones. Together we will consider the losses we experience as a result of being in a relationship. We will explore where to find strength and beauty within the most challenging struggles of our lives, and how to search out joy and hope.
This year’s Religious Exploration programs have explored our theology through coursework on the seven UU Principles, UU history, moral decision-making. and the Our Whole Lives sexuality education. This service will share a taste of what has happened in the classrooms, and provide us an opportunity to thank the teachers who create the learning experiences that help us grow.
A note from Rev. Anne: We began the year with a 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. 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.
The 9th Annual Leaf and Petal Lovers Plant Sale will once again offer a range of perennials, herbs, vegetables, and houseplants to brighten local yards, gardens, and windowsills and to raise money for ongoing renovation projects. There are many ways to contribute to this popular event; details are here.