"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.

October 23 — The Whole Orchard

This Sunday we will explore the theme of unrelenting transformation: its attendant losses, yields, and supports.The service will be led by Hannah Burr, a West Roxbury resident, contemporary artist, and author of the books Contemporary Prayers to * [whatever works] and Help me [ ], do the thing. Her artwork, talks, and books explore the intersection between creativity and spiritual practice. A graduate of Brown University in Visual Art and Religious Studies, Burr draws on an 18-year meditation practice and has collaborated with children, UU communities, after school programs, Episcopal churches, and museums and galleries, including the MFA Boston, Currier Museum NH, and the Drawing Center NY.

October 30 – Are There Saints Among Us Anymore?

The ancient celebration of Samhain (our contemporary spin-off being Halloween) encouraged the Catholic Church to focus attention on those who had died with two annual celebrations: All Saints Day, November 1, and All Souls Day, November 2. In the context of our monthly theme of Discovery, how do Unitarian Universalists understand the difference? And, what does that suggest to us about how we are encouraged to live?

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. 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 November 18 with the documentary “The Return” on mass incarceration and release.

See the full schedule of films here.

West Roxbury Main Streets Fall Festival

West Roxbury will be rockin’ on Saturday, October 22 with lots of open doors and music up and down Centre Street, including lots of musicians playing in the church’s front yard and the parish hall! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rev. Anne or leave a message at 617-325-4439. Children and youth are welcome.