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Theodore Parker Church in West Roxbury to cap off series of 300th anniversary events

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 1, 2012 04:06 PM

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A series of events during the past year will culminate Sunday at the Theodore Parker Church in West Roxbury will gather Sunday afternoon to celebrate the church’s 300th anniversary.

The tricentennial program will start Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 1859 Centre St., according to a press release.

“During the ‘Three Centuries of Music and Worship’ celebration, the speakers, choir, and musicians will take the audience on a journey through the past 300 years, with excerpts from histories of the church written over the past century and sermons and letters of important church figures, as well as musical selections representative of each period,” the release said. “Two musical works commissioned specifically for this event will have their premiere performances.”

The free, public event is expected to draw several former ministers and ministerial interns of the church along with officials from the Unitarian-Universalist Association, organizers said.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremonies in an adjacent parish hall.

The regular Sunday worship service, at 10:30 a.m., will feature recollections from three former ministers of the church.

Theodore Parker Church is the direct descendant of a Puritan church founded in 1712 as the Second Church of Roxbury, church officials said.

That church, built in what is now the Arnold Arboretum, was later replaced by a larger building on Church Street and in 1890 moved to its current location at Corey and Centre streets.

Over the centuries it has evolved into the more theologically liberal Unitarian Universalist church it is today, officials said.

For more information about the church and its anniversary events, visit www.tparkerchurch.org; call the church office at 617-325-4439; or e-mail tpcuu@verizon.net.

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