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

Shape Shift with Me
October 30, 2016
10 a.m.
Sam Teitel
Times change. The world moves forward and shifts all around us, usually faster than we’d like it to. This week we are going to talk about how we can shift along with the world in which we live, and how our advocacy for the LGBTQ community has to shift in similar ways.
(Prior sermons available online and on iTunes.)

Upcoming Events

Wed 26

Archives Meeting

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 26

Knit 1, Laugh 2

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 26

Choir Rehearsal

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 27

Sanctuary Reserved

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sharing Thanksgiving Dinners

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Community Life Committee is helping to connect members of the First Parish community for a holiday meal. Perhaps you have room at your table for a guest or two? Or maybe you would like to join another family this Thanksgiving?...

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A Community Halloween Kick-Off Party!

Start your Halloween at First Parish! Come by between 4:30 and 6:30 pm on Monday, October 31 for some pizza and some fun. You’ll also get a treat and a glow stick for safe travels. Everyone is welcome! For more information, see our flyer or contact Sam...

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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, Oct. 4 for a fun and informal evening of conversation about how theology intersects with our lives. Meet at The Local at the Wayland Town Center, 400 Boston Post Road. Food and drink available for purchase. Conversation...

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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.