First Parish in Wayland: “But I Am a Good Person”

On Jan. 14 at 10 a.m., join us for a special service in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. In his letter from the Birmingham jail, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he was “disappointed in the white moderate.” Even today this statement can leave many moderates and liberals sheepish. Most of us, no matter how we identify, like to be thought of as being a “good person” who does good work in the pursuit of justice. We like to think that MLK would be proud of the anti-racist progress that has been made in our society in the last few decades. And yet, on this day before the nation celebrates the life and work of MLK, it is worth considering what Dr. King would have to say about the choices of us “good people” today and whether we are on the right track to transform our society into the Beloved Community of which he dreamed. The Rev. Deborah Bennett will lead the service.

First Parish in Wayland (225 Boston Post Rd.), a Unitarian Universalist community, extends a warm invitation to everyone interested in joining our services. Our vibrant, multigenerational community offers a sanctuary for diverse beliefs and passions. We joyfully offer our hearts and hands to build a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world. All are truly welcome, including LGBTQ+ persons. For more information, please visit or call 508-358-6133.

Free childcare is available for infants through pre-K. Older children can attend our Spiritual and Ethical Exploration for Kids (SEEK) program, where kids explore ways to lead principled lives. Children of all ages also are welcome to stay with parents during services if their families prefer. We also offer social and educational opportunities for middle and high school youth. For a class schedule and updates, please contact the office (508-358-6133) to sign up for our weekly emails.

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