Welcome to First Parish in Wayland

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!

This Sunday

Services at First Parish

10:00 a.m.

The Hidden Wounds of War

May 26, 2024

Rev. Deborah Bennett

Memorial Day is a national day of mourning for those who have died while serving in the US military. For most people this brings to mind the many brave souls who have sacrificed so much for the freedom of our nation. But, sadly, the ravages of war do not end on the battlefield. This morning we honor the many hidden wounds of war and ask the questions: Is this really the best we can do? Isn’t there another way? We will have extra time in silence this morning to reflect and sit in memorial.

We are open for in-person services and also offer online access.
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Past services are available online and on YouTube.

See our Covid policies and Service attendance info HERE.


First Parish Yard Sale – Coming up Saturday, June 1

First Parish Yard Sale: Saturday, June 1

First Parish Yard Sale: Saturday, June 1

Please join First Parish in Wayland for a fun and kid-friendly yard sale on June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. The church is located at 225 Boston Post Rd., at the intersections of Routes 20, 27, and 126. You’ll find antiques, books, costume jewelry, native plants, home...

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FREE Classical Concert, Sunday, May 5, 3p.m.

FREE Classical Concert, Sunday, May 5, 3p.m.

Arts Wayland presents Music for a Sunday Afternoon with The Rivers Conservatory Chambers Music Lab. Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. at First Parish in Wayland. Join The Rivers Conservatory Chamber Music Lab, led by Megumi Lewis, for a concert of Mendelssohn and Bach....

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Latest News

Introducing Rev. Lisa Perry-Wood

Introducing Rev. Lisa Perry-Wood

First Parish in Wayland is delighted to announce that the Rev. Lisa Perry-Wood will serve as our contract minister beginning in August, 2024. Rev. Lisa served as settled senior minister in Brookline for five years and comes to us most recently from First Unitarian...

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Sharing Our Offering: Reproductive Equity Now

Sharing Our Offering: Reproductive Equity Now

On May 5 and 19, half the Sunday offering will be donated to Reproductive Equity Now, which works to make equitable access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care a reality for all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, income, zip code, gender, age,...

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Supporting the Urban Ministry in Roxbury

Supporting the Urban Ministry in Roxbury

First Parish is one of 50 UU churches in the Boston area that supports the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury both financially and with volunteer time. The UUUM supports survivors of domestic violence, works to close the achievement gap for urban youth through academic and...

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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.

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.