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


Once to Every Soul and Nation

March 5, 2017
10:00 a.m.

It was Thomas Paine who wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls.”  His words point to the truth that there is unquestionably a relationship between the large events of a nation or a people, and the innermost events within the psyche or soul of an individual.  And that relationship is, or needs to be, a two-way street: from the world to us, and from us out to the world.  How does this relationship work?  How can our faith help ground us in this time of change and challenge?

(Prior sermons available online and on iTunes.)

Usher and Coffee Hour Signup!

It’s easy to be a Sunday Usher, or to help with Coffee Hour. Food for Coffee Hour is provided, but we need your help to serve it.  Please sign up.
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Upcoming Events

Tue 28
Mar 01

Archives Meeting

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mar 01

Choir Rehearsal

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mar 02

Winter Sessions: Fuller Craft Museum Trip

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Winter Session

A collection of classes, workshops, events, field trips, and other offerings to help us shake off the winter doldrums. “Wake Up to Something New!” The Community Life Committee and your fellow parishioners present a month-long series of interesting and fun activities....

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Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m., Vestry. Featuring performances by John McGah, Peter Lavenson, and Sam Teitel. Sign up for the Open Mic! $5 suggested donation to benefit Cradles to...

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Sending Our Love to Quebec City

Our hearts were broken again by the news of the shooting in a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday, Jan. 29. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the six people who died, and those who were injured and who will carry the shocking memory with them always....

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Join us for Alpenglow on Sat. January 28!

Imagine a cozy, warm ski lodge set amid spruce trees, snowy hills, and the Northern Lights. Come inside for traditional raclette, vegetarian or meat chili, sides, and desserts. Add libations, music and surprises. That’s what we’re going for in this...

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A Beer & Soda Tasting Workshop at First Parish? Yup!

Do you thirst for knowledge about the history of brewing and religion?? Or maybe you’re more interested in tasting some artisanal hand-crafted beers or sodas. Join us Friday, Jan. 20 from 7pm to 9pm for a fun, all-ages beer and soda tasting workshop led by Rev....

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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.