We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation with open hearts and open doors.
We seek to deepen our spiritual and human connections.
We build community and join together to make a positive difference in the world.
Please join us!
Sunday Services, 10:00 a.m.

Welcome to First Parish in Wayland

Curious About First Parish?

Visiting is the best way to get to know us. But you can also learn more here.

Not Your Parents' Sunday School.

Our Spiritual and Ethical Exploration program is for all ages. Learn more here.

Want to Change the World?

So do we. Our Social Action programs offer lots of ways to make a difference.

What’s New at First Parish

This Sunday

Shelter from the Storm
September 25, 2016
10 a.m.
Sam Teitel, Guest Minister

In our current era when churches are shrinking by leaps and bounds every year, church growth and outreach have become very heated topics of debate. This week the discussion is about outreach. What does it mean for a church to reach out? And why bother? Why reach out and try and convince people to join us? Do we do it because we need new members, or because those potential new members might need us? Maybe a little of both? And, most of all, how do we navigate these conversations wand stay true to our mission and principles as Unitarian Universalists? Also, we’re going to be talking a lot about Bob Dylan.

Having done is ministerial internship at First Parish, Sam Teitel has recently returned and joined our staff as Outreach Coordinator, as well as Youth Coordinator. He is a 2016 graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Global Interreligious Leadership. 

Upcoming Events

Tue 27

Mindfulness Meditation

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Wed 28

Archives Meeting

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 29

Sunroom Reserved

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 01

Areen Bell Choir Rehearsal

October 1 @ 9:45 am - 11:00 am

Join Us To Watch and Discuss “Defying the Nazis”

 Join us on Friday, September 30 to watch and discuss “Defying the Nazis,” a new PBS documentary about Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp, WWII Unitarians who secretly worked in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents and refugee children. We’ll...

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First Parish Homecoming: Reconnect, Re-Energize

Join us on Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. for a special Homecoming service, followed by a potluck brunch. Whether it has been years since you’ve been to First Parish, or just a week, join us as we reconnect with our roots and claim the strengths of who we...

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Theology On Tap!

Join the Rev. Stephanie May at 7pm on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for a fun and informal evening of conversation about how theology intersects with our lives. Meet at the new 110 Grill in Cochituate, at 171 Commonwealth Rd. (near the intersection of Routes 27 and 30). Food and...

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Blessing of the Backpacks

Join us on Sunday morning, August 28, at 10am for a special back-to-school service that will help participants of all ages — school-bound or not — reflect on the touchstones in our lives that remind us of our strength and that we are loved. Led by the Rev....

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The Community Life Committee will be kicking off the church year with Fellowship Dinners on Saturday, September 24th. This will be a chance to get together in small groups for potluck dinner at each other’s homes. Details will follow in early September, but meanwhile...

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Our Vision

To be a vibrant, multi-generational community and a sanctuary for diverse beliefs and passions, joyfully offering our hearts and hands to foster a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.

Our Mission

To Build Community by forging caring connections and supporting one another through the joys, sorrows and mysteries of life.
To Search for Meaning by creating opportunities for all ages to explore values and principles that orient and guide us through life.
To Deepen Our Spirituality by gathering to share words and music, by nurturing private moments of reflection, and by cultivating reverence.
To Make a Better World by engaging in compassionate service and promoting social justice.


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

Our History

Since 1640, First Parish has been a warm and welcoming spiritual home. We draw inspiration from our long history rooted in liberal religious ideas.

Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism takes inspiration from the world’s great religions, the natural world, and the human experience. We affirm our values in seven UU Principles.