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.

See our COVID policies and Service attendance info HERE.

Exploring Buddhism

February 5, 2023

Rev. Dr. Stephanie May with Kotatsu John Bailes Roshi

With ancient roots, Buddhist thought now has global spread.  Zen Buddhist master teacher, Kotatsu John Bailes Roshi, joins us to share his knowledge and experience of Buddhism. Following the short service, join us for RE for All.

We are open for in-person services and also offer online access. Click here for more information about our services.

Past services are available online and on YouTube.

What’s New at First Parish

February Theme: Buddhism

February Theme: Buddhism

“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.” The Buddha (from the Udana) The Buddha, originally named Siddhartha Gautama, was born in what is now modern-day Nepal, and it is...

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Blanket Drive for Welcome Home Mass.

Blanket Drive for Welcome Home Mass.

It’s cold outside! From Feb. 6-10, First Parish in Wayland will serve as a collection point for clean, new or like-new blankets to benefit Welcome Home, an award-winning organization. We are collecting full, queen or king blankets. You can drop off your blankets at...

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Something Happened in Our Town

Something Happened In Our Town by  Marianne Celano PhD  (Author), Marietta Collins PhD  (Author), Ann Hazzard PhD  (Author), Jennifer Zivoin (Illustrator) “Follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their...

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January Theme: Hinduism

January Theme: Hinduism

Rooted in India, Hinduism is often called the oldest living religious tradition – or, perhaps, more accurately – traditions, in the plural. Dating back to the Vedic religion of Iron Age India, the threads of different philosophies and devotional expression have...

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Martin Luther King Day – A Special Service

Martin Luther King Day – A Special Service

On Sunday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m., we will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we remember him, we will honor the life and legacy of artist Winfred Rembert. Born in the Jim Crow South, Rembert endured imprisonment in multiple forms. Released in...

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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.