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...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
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...Read More
– Theodore Parker
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. All are welcome here, regardless of creed, color, financial circumstances, sexual or gender orientation, or wherever you may be in your religious journey.
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.
This service will be led by Rev. Phyllis B. O’Connell, Director of Religious Exploration (RE) Johannah Murphy, and the RE program. In honor of the coming of spring and all the warmth, change, and transformation that comes with it, this will be an intergenerational service on newness and change. We will celebrate the coming of spring with a sap communion, performances, poems, and stories of change of season and what comes with it. The Theodore Parker House Band will perform a collection of contra dance tunes.
The “progressive” state of Massachusetts has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, with plans to allocate $2 billion more for prisons. Our Social Justice Service will explore the moral, social, and financial costs of mass incarceration.
Marinella Blake, from EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement) will describe the Jobs Not Jails Campaign and share her personal story motivating her to join EPOCA. Josh Beardsley became committed to ending mass incarceration when he retired and read The New Jim Crow. He will share Massachusetts incarceration information and outline the specific contribution faith communities can make in this growing local and national movement. The speakers will be available to answer questions during coffee hour and will bring materials on ways to get involved with current campaigns.
You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.
The next meditation meeting will be on Thursday, March 6 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., location to be announced.
Theodore Parker Church hosts an Open Mic on the last Saturday of almost every month in the parish hall. Please join us on Saturday, March 29. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. and performances at 7:30 p.m. More information.
Our annual drive to support Renewal House, a shelter for adults and children surviving domestic violence, ended on March 2. Thanks to everyone who bought a “ticket to safety” for someone in need of transportation to a safe place. We far exceeded our goal of $500; details next week.
Church members and friends are invited to attend this festive celebration of our church community. For information, contact Gretchen O’Neill.