The Rev. Anne Bancroft was installed as the church’s 29th minister in a special ceremony on Sunday, November 16, 2014. “We ask that you speak your truth to us in freedom, that you minister to us in our joys and sorrows, and that you set forth, by word and example, a...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 9:15 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.
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.
Rev. Anne will be joined by the Rev. Dr. Thandeka, who will offer the sermon. The Rev. Dr. Thandeka is a Unitarian Universalist theologian, journalist, and congregational consultant who leads the “We Love Beyond Belief” project. For the spring of 2015, she is Visiting Professor of Affective Theological Studies at Andover Newton Theological School. Given the Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984, her publications include Learning to Be White: Money, Race, and God in America (2000) and The Embodied Self: Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Solution to Kant’s Problem of the Empirical Self.
When we feel off-kilter, or unsettled, where do we turn to correct the balance? What practices help us find our way back to hope? On the day we honor the 50th anniversary of the march for justice in Selma, Nancy Wilber joins Rev. Bancroft to consider prayer as a path to wholeness.
We will be continuing our evening vespers services once a month into June. We will gather in the sanctuary on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. It’s a lovely, quiet respite from a sometimes overwhelming world. Please join us this Thursday, March 5.
You can sample past sermons, both text and audio, here.
Please join this informal conversation, led by the Rev. Anne Bancroft, on the beliefs and practices of Unitarian Universalism. Representatives from several church committees will be on hand to explain how things work at Theodore Parker Church and to answer any questions you may have.
The Social Action Committee is hosting a screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Sunday, March 29 at noon in the parish hall parlor. This groundbreaking environmental documentary, starring Michael Pollan, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Will Tuttle, Howard Lyman, and Will Potter, follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today — and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Save the date! Our annual Fellowship Dinner is coming up on Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m.