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


Awakened by Love.

And Staying that Way.

January 22, 2017
10 a.m.
Led by the Rev. Mary Margaret Earl

Reflecting on how love, connections to others, and our UU faith can guide us through challenging national times. The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May will help lead the service.  (Prior sermons available online and on iTunes.)

The Rev. Mary Margaret Earl is the Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.  Before that Rev. Earl spent 10 years at McAuley Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit in Providence, RI that provides food, shelter and clothing to those who were homeless or at risk of becoming so.

Upcoming Events

Wed 25

Archives Meeting

January 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wed 25

Knit 1, Laugh 2

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 25

Choir Rehearsal

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 26

Social Action Conversations

January 26 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

A Beer & Soda Tasting Workshop at First Parish? Yup!

Do you thirst for knowledge about the history of brewing and religion?? Or maybe you’re more interested in tasting some artisanal hand-crafted beers or sodas. Join us Friday, Jan. 20 from 7pm to 9pm for a fun, all-ages beer and soda tasting workshop led by Rev....

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Slideshow: United Against Hate

Many thanks to all who gathered on Sunday, December 11, 2016, to support the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland. An estimated crowd of one thousand stood united against the hate and threat of violence in a letter received by the Islamic Center. This slideshow requires...

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Join Us On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

First Parish will hold two services on Christmas Eve — at 4pm and 7pm — as well as a special Christmas Day gathering at 10am. All are warmly invited. The 4pm Christmas Eve family service presents the Christmas story as a living pageant, and anyone may...

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Please join in a community show of support for the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland. Sunday, December 11 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 126 Boston Post Road Click HERE for more information. Please carpool! Parking is available at Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post...

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Supporting our Islamic Neighbors

The Islamic Center in Wayland received a hate letter this morning, Friday, Dec. 2. Those who would like to express love as an antidote are invited to meet at First Parish at 3:45pm today. We will carpool to the Islamic Center to hold signs reading “I love my...

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Here We Come A-Caroling……

On Sunday, Dec. 4 beginning at 4:30pm, join us on the steps of the Meetinghouse to sing some of your favorite holiday carols and songs as part of Wayland’s Community Holiday Open House. Accompanied by the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band, we’ll warble away...

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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.