300th Anniversary

Three hundred years ago, our congregation was housed in a crude building on Walter Street, worshiping as a Puritan church. Over time, our theology evolved, emphasizing freedom to discover what is true and share with others in loving, diverse, and welcoming community.

Now located at Centre and Corey streets in West Roxbury, the congregation’s meetinghouse is distinguished by its seven extraordinary Tiffany stained glass windows and through recognition by Boston Landmarks Commission. We invite all to join us at the events commemorating our 300th anniversary.

  • January 22, 2012 – A Pictorial History of West Roxbury.  Anthony Sammarco, author of 60 pictorial histories of Boston and its neighborhoods, presents an illustrated historical account of West Roxbury.   2:00 pm in the sanctuary.
  • March 25, 2012 –  Theodore Parker in West Roxbury. Parker scholar Dean Grodzins introduces us to Rev. Theodore Parker at the beginning of his ministry. West Roxbury shaped him in profound ways as he laid the groundwork for his later radical theology and social activism. 2:00 pm in the sanctuary.
  • May 6, 2012 – Colonial Silver Stories. Mary Ann Millsap introduces the church’s colonial-era silver and the people who gave it. Her illustrated talk explores the function of silver in colonial churches and describes Theodore Parker Church’s own collection, stored at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 2:00 pm in the sanctuary. Read the illustrated lecture.
  • September 16, 2012 – Community Reads. Author Tony Williams speaks about his book, The Pox and the Covenant, our choice for summer reading, and participates in a community book discussion. The book tells the story of the 1721 smallpox epidemic. Worship service, 10:30 am in the sanctuary. Discussion, 2:00 pm in the parish hall. Listen to the presentation
  • November 4, 2012 – Three Centuries of Music and Worship. We are joined by two former ministers—Rev. Gordon Gibson and Rev. Lilli Nye—and former interns. Their exploration of the styles of worship and music our forebears used includes premieres of works by two composers from the church. 2:00 pm in the sanctuary. Listen to the program