The Theodore Parker Lectures were inaugurated in 2014 to honor the legacy of the Rev. Theodore Parker, the 19th century minister, abolitionist, theologian, and bold proponent of social justice for whom our church is named. The annual lectures feature talks by clerics, theologians, or activists whose work reflects Rev. Parker’s drive to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.


The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, a well-known Boston minister and activist for climate justice, delivered the third Theodore Parker Lecture in November 2016. Her topic was “The Best Is Yet to Come: The Opportunity of the Climate Crisis.” Click HERE to listen to her lecture in its entirety. (Her remarks begin at 11:30.)


The Rev. Paul Robeson Ford, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, and general secretary of the Cambridge Black Pastors Alliance, delivered the second Theodore Parker Lecture in November 2015. His topic was “Turning the World Upside Down: Strategies for Lasting Criminal Justice Reform.” You can listen to his lecture in its entirety HERE.


Rabbi Brian Walt, a founder of Rabbis for Human Rights North America, delivered the inaugural Theodore Parker Lecture in December 2014. His talk, which addressed the challenges of the situation in Israel and Palestine, was entitled, “The Prophetic Challenge: Breaking Silence, Speaking Truth.” You can listen to his lecture in its entirety HERE. (Rabbi Walt’s remarks begin at 19:25)