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

“Break Not the Circle”
10 a.m.
Jaimie Dingus, MDiv. Candidate

In a recent lecture, “Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson called on his audience to get “proximate” to brokenness and suffering. Connecting Stevenson’s call with stories of her own work in prisons, Ms. Dingus will explore our call to love and kindness in this era of white supremacy and mass incarceration.

Archived sermons available online and on iTunes.

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.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 21

Archives Work Group

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 21

Knit 1, Laugh 2

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 21

Choir Rehearsal

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 22

Small Group – P.M. Session

February 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 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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Social Justice Workshop with Evan Seitz

Sunday, February 11, 11:30 a.m., Sunroom. Come and see how we can get started working on social justice issues as a congregation. Evan Seitz supports grassroots organizing around faith-based social justice initiatives, climate justice work and values-based investing....

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“Daring Democracy” Discussion & Dinner

Friday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. (Discussion begins at 7 p.m.), Vestry. Join Rev. Stephanie for a spaghetti dinner and a discussion of this year’s UUA Common Read, “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want” by Frances Moore Lappé...

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It’s Time for Pajama & Pancake Breakfast!

Sunday February 4, 8:30 a.m., Vestry. Come in your pajamas and enjoy a pancake feast! There will be prizes for silliest slippers, best pajama twins, and other pajama attire categories. $5 per person ($20 per family max.) For more information: Kate Holland...

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Alpenglow Party, Auction & Raffle

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Please join us once again for the warmth of the fire and community in First Parish's alpine "lodge." There will be dinner (raclette!), beverages, and an auction/raffle. Click here for more...

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Our Christmas Eve Services

A 4:00 p.m. multigenerational service that will feature a fun and interactive presentation of the Nativity story (in which anyone can participate); and a service at 7:00 p.m. with carols, readings, and a homily. Each service will include a special, candlelit...

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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.