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!

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What’s New at First Parish?

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May: Our New Settled MinisterCall To Vote -124

We are delighted that The 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.

Next Sunday

Please join us at 10:00am on Sunday, September 21 as
the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May delivers a sermon titled “We Are All Seekers,” on how we all — no matter our age — might explore our religious questions and spiritual wonder.


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.