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.
On this final service before our summer hiatus, we’ll consider the possibilities that peeling back the layers of anything provides; and we’ll consider what onion you (or we) might take on – with a nod to Father’s Day, of course.
We will hold lay-led meditation and vespers on Wednesday evenings during the summer hiatus of worship services. Meditation will meet on the first and third Wednesdays, as it has throughout the church year, and vespers will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Both will meet in the parish hall parlor (air conditioned!).
A note from Rev. Anne: This church year, beginning in September with “humility,” each month has oriented somewhat thematically, related to our Reaching In, Reaching Out vision. We’d love to have your feedback on this new 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.
Saturday is Boston’s annual Pride Parade day, and lots of UU groups will be gathering at the 700-800’s on Boylston Street at 10:00-10:30. The parade starts at noon at the corner of Boylston and Clarendon streets. The Pride Festival goes on all afternoon until 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. Come join the fun!