About the Lane Lyceum

Lyceums date back to the early 19th century in New England, where they played an important role in hosting deep and provocative discussions about science, religion, philosophy, and the arts. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Abraham Lincoln all gave speeches at many local lyceums.

Today, the Lane Lyceum carries on that tradition in Needham. Named in honor of the late Rev. Ed Lane, a beloved member of First Parish in Needham, the Lane Lyceum is a reflection of Ed’s lifelong passion for and commitment to civil rights, equal justice, and spiritual inquiry.

In the words of Rev. Lane, “Life is a gift of grace, not something we have earned. We have a responsibility to use it with wisdom and to share it with love.”