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 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
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.
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.
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.
Our theme for the month of March is forgiveness. For many years, Unitarian Universalism has been a bit light on the practice of confession, to self or others. Where does that leave us relative to forgiveness? And, where is it most important to begin?
This service will be led by the Rev. Anne Bancroft. Our first Unitarian Universalist principle speaks to the “inherent worth and dignity of all people.” But that doesn’t mean we’re perfect, obviously. How do we go about acknowledging and mending what may not be quite right?
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. Our theme for the month of February is “compassion.” 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.
You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.
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 church meditation group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The next session is March 8. We begin at 7 p.m. with a short poem, followed by silence (seated on chairs) for 25 minutes. We hope you will join us!
Our almost-weekly Bring Your Own Coffee or Tea gatherings continue on Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. in the parish hall parlor. Upcoming dates are March 2, March 9, March 16, and March 23. Join Rev. Anne for good conversation and spiritual support for whatever is on your mind. All are welcome.
What better time of year to curl up with a gripping book and talk about it with friends? All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, grapples with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves the characters’ school, their community, and ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
The book is available at Theodore Parker Church and libraries. Book groups will meet at church and homes through March 12. Join us by emailing Claire Barker.
Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, this family friendly film shows love conquering hate through the lens of a 10-year-old African-American girl. There will be a short discussion after the film. Rated TV-Y. Sponsored by the Religious Exploration Team and Racia Justice Task Force. 12-1:30 p.m. in the parish hall parlor. All are welcome.