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!

Summer Gatherings 2024

10:00 a.m., Vestry

Love Me, Love Me, I’m a Liberal

July 21, 2024

Led by Dr. Matthew Shear; Lay Minister: Ted Barnes

Our democratic republic and the freedoms it affords are under existential threat. This country was founded on liberal ideals but are today’s liberals — and liberal religion as we have known it — part of the problem or might they represent the best solution? Dr. Matthew Shear will examine this question through the lens of his experience in behavioral and cognitive science, politics, and, more recently, as a full-time Lay Preacher. Your thoughts in response will be encouraged.

Join us for informal summer gatherings all summer. Get more details and a schedule on our Summer Services page.

Past services are available online and on YouTube.


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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June Plate Shares for Melanin Mass Moms

June Plate Shares for Melanin Mass Moms

On June 2 and 9, half the Sunday collection will be donated to Melanin Mass Moms, a network of moms of color in Massachusetts who work to bridge the gap between community resources and health disparities for mothers of color as they navigate all stages of motherhood....

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Summer Transitions at First Parish

Summer Transitions at First Parish

June is a time of transition at First Parish, as we shift from regular Sunday services in the Sanctuary to more informal Sunday gatherings downstairs in the Vestry. This summer, we will also have a ministerial transition as we say a fond goodbye to Rev. Deborah...

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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.