Welcome to First Parish

We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation that values community, religious freedom, and social justice. We are a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. Our doors and our hearts are open!

Summer Services

From June 22 through August 10 we offer friendly, informal summer services, Sunday mornings at 10am. Led by parishioners, most summer services are held in the Vestry. Please click here to see this summer’s schedule. Our regular worship services will resume on September 7, 2014. Please join us!

About First Parish

What’s New at First Parish?

Is it possible to describe any Unitarian Universalist congregation in a few sentences, or even a few paragraphs or web pages? At First Parish in Wayland, we are many things: old and young, gay and straight, theist and atheist, bold and shy. But despite our outward differences, we share many common values, such as a belief in the free and responsible search for truth, the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the importance of justice, equity and compassion. These values hold us together in community, and deeply bind us to each other personally.

Through worship, work and play we seek to serve each other and the world, strengthen and deepen our relationships, and support and sustain our beloved church for generations yet to come.

Thank you for your interest ~ we hope to see you at First Parish!

Rev. Dr. Stephanie May: Our Next Settled Minister

At a special congregational meeting on Sunday, May 4, 2014, Rev. Dr. Stephanie May was called — and accepted the call — to become the next settled minister at First Parish in Wayland. The vote was essentially unanimous (one blank ballot was collected). She will begin her work with us on August 1, 2014.

Stephanie May led the worship service that preceded the meeting, touching in her sermon on the rich history of First Parish. She noted that beginning in 1640, generation after generation of First Parishioners have come together in community to search for truth in freedom and in the spirit of love. Many times through the ages those congregations called new ministers to walk along with them in their journeys of faith. Each generation has set the stage for the next to explore, to connect, and to serve.

One of the morning’s hymns, “Blue Boat Home,” says that “all we kindred pilgrim souls” drift together as ship’s companions, making our way by the light of the heavens. First Parish is so delighted to welcome Stephanie May as a kindred soul, as a ship’s companion, and as our next settled minister.


We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation that affirms human dignity, community action, freedom of religious thought, and the power of love.

Religious Education

Our church views religious education and spiritual development as an integral part of every person’s life, in every stage and every age, for children, youth and adults. Come learn with us as we seek to build meaningful lives.

Social Action

Our church is actively engaged in community service and social justice work throughout the region as we strive to make a positive difference in the world. 

Ministerial Search

Our search for our next settled minister has ended happily. On Sunday, May 4, the congregation called the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May, and she accepted our call. For more information about the search process, visit the Search pages.