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!
Sunday Services, 10:00 a.m.

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

January 20, 2018
De-centering Your Ego
Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom

You are a child of God. Yet your life is not all about you. The ego is a wonderful servant and a horrible task master. This Sunday we will explore how de-centering our ego opens up life’s possibilities for so much more that is worthwhile and spiritually fulfilling.

Click here for more information about our services.

Archived sermons available online and on iTunes.

In case of snow.....

If snow or winter weather forces First Parish to cancel Sunday services or weekday activities, we will post it here on our website and we’ll  alert WHDH-TV Channel 7. We will also send an email to all subscribers to our newsletter, The Unitarian. To subscribe, click here.

Sunday Service Ushers

Greeters & Ushers are a vital part of creating a welcoming experience for all at our Sunday worship services.
Click below to sign up. Confirmation and instructions will be sent the week prior to your committed date.

Thank you!

What's Buzzing at First Parish?

Join Us For A Conversation About Immigration

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:00 p.m., four local legislators will join together at First Parish to discuss immigration issues on both the national and the local level, and to take your questions. State Senators Jamie Eldridge and Becca Rausch, along with State...

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Handel’s Messiah, Sunday Dec. 16, 10am

One of the holiday season’s most popular and grandest classical works, Handel’s Messiah, will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10am at our annual Music Sunday service. The public is warmly welcomed. The First Parish Choir and soloists will be joined by a 13-piece...

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Come to the Annual Carol Sing!

At 4:30 on Sunday, Dec. 2, join in the traditional Carol Sing with family and friends on the steps of First Parish. Will Santa appear? Will there be cookies? Come find out! The much-loved Wayland tradition is part of the annual Wayland Center Open House that includes...

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Whodunit?? Join Us for Mystery Night, Dec. 1, 7pm

It's a mystery and a party and a fun time with friends, all rolled up into one great night at First Parish. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while you help solve the mystery of what happened in Godley Hollow on that fateful night.  Join us on Sat. Dec. 1 at 7pm to put your...

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Join the Vigil on Mon. Oct. 29 at Shir Tikva

The First Parish community is invited by our Jewish neighbors to join in a community vigil Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Shir Tikva. Rabbi Danny Burkeman writes: "In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Temple Shir Tikva and Congregation Or Atid...

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Sharing Our Grief

Words from the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May today: "We cherish our Jewish neighbors and grieve the horrific attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA today. As our nation continues to wrestle with pernicious anti-Semitism and...

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Vote YES on 3 to Protect Transgender Rights

Our new signs make our position clear: As a religious community, we support Question 3, which extends protections already in place for transgender persons in Massachusetts. As Unitarian Universalists, we promote and affirm the worth and dignity of every person. On...

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First Parish Endorses “Yes on 3”

As a religious community, we are committed to promoting and affirming the worth and dignity of every person, and find efforts to take away any group’s rights to be abhorrent. In the upcoming election, voters in Massachusetts will be asked to vote on whether or not to...

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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.