Welcome to First Parish in Wayland

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! To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, click here.

What’s New at First Parish?

May 2015

Understanding Transgender Lives, A Panel Discussion: All Are Welcome

The First Parish High School Youth Group and the Welcoming Congregation Committee invite you to attend a panel discussion about transgender lives on Sunday, May 31, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This event is open to the public. We hope you will join us.

We will present a panel of speakers who experience transgender lives from several different perspectives, including an adult who transitioned from female to male as an adolescent, the parent of a young person whose gender identity is not the same as his/her sex at birth, and a psychologist who has some training and experience in this area. There will be an opportunity to direct questions to our panelists.

Whether you identify as transgender, are a friend of the transgender and gender-fluid community, or just want to understand transgender lives better, you are welcome to join us. Older youth, Grade 8 and up, are especially welcome, whether they regularly attend Youth Group or not.

To learn more about what it means to be a Welcoming Congregation, click here.


Sunday Worship

May 31, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

“Dwelling Together in Beauty”

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May

In a world of great ecological shifts, what are the alternative ways for dwelling together in sustainable, life-giving ways? Using the book The House Beautiful by Unitarian William Channing Gannett as a lens, the sermon explores the interaction between space, beauty, and our moral values.

This sermon is an early version of a presentation Dr. May will give at an upcoming conference called Seizing the Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, which will include a discussion on what religious organizations might look like in a just and sustainable ecological civilization.


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.