"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 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

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Worship Services

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.

Sunday, November 29: “Who’s NOT at the Table?”

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.

Sermon Archive

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

On the Horizon

White Privilege: A Journey for Adults at TPC

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.

Theodore Parker Church Winter Fair – Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

winter fair logo_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.