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!

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See You September 7th!

Our schedule of summer services ended on Sunday, August 10. We are busy preparing for a wonderful new church year!  Our regular worship services will resume on September 7, 2014, with our traditional Water Sunday celebration. Bring a little water that represents something that fed your spirit during the summer. Please join us at 10am as we reunite in our sanctuary.


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. For more information about Unitarian Universalism, click here

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


Rev. Dr. Stephanie May: Our New Settled Minister

We are delighted that Rev. Dr. Stephanie May became our new settled minister on August 1, 2014.  She was called to serve after a unanimous vote during a special congregational meeting on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

During her sermon that preceded the meeting, Rev. May talked about 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 “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 new 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.