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.

Summer 2015 at First Parish 


First Parish adheres to the time-honored tradition of Unitarian Universalist congregations in New England by holding simple, informal services during the summer months. Our summer services, often led by parishioners, offer opportunities to explore topics or experiences together in different ways and sometimes in different places.

Here is the 2015 Summer Services Schedule:

June 28
Singing Our Favorite Hymns
(bring your suggestions)
Led by Polly Oliver, Music Director
10:00 am, at Traditions of Wayland, 10 Green Way
Contact: Suzanne Reitz

July 12
Touchstones (please bring a stone with meaning to you)
Led by David Lang
10:00 am, at David Lang’s Studio, 25 Washington Ave., Natick
Contact: Matt Shear

July 19
An Earth-Honoring Ritual

Led by Sandy Hoyt, Suzanne Reitz, and Laurel Whitehouse
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Suzanne Reitz

July 26
Drumming Circle
Led by Kate Holland and Melinda Morgan
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Andrea Case

August 2
UUs View the News
Led by Matt Shear
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Matt Shear

August 9
A Multigenerational Summer’s Walk
Led by Rabbi Katie Allen
10:00 am, Greenways Conservation Area
Meet in parking lot at end of Green Way

August 16
Meditation on R.A.I.N. (a practice for cloudy days and difficult times)
Led by Penny Beer
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Penny Beer

August 23
Balancing Time and Values 
Led by The Rev. Phyllis O’Connell
10:00 am, at First Parish

August 30
Blessing of the Backpacks
Led by The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
10:00 am, at First Parish

Regular services in our Sanctuary resume on September 13, 2015 at 10:00 am.

Summer Worship

During the summer months, First Parish holds simple, informal services. Our summer service schedule is listed on this home page. Please plan to join us! Our formal Sunday services in the sanctuary resume on September 13, 2015, at 10:00 am.


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.