Sacred Poetry of the Muslim tradition/ Postponed

Nov 21, 2019 - Apr 30, 2020
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

March and April sessions have been postponed

Dates to be determined


Sacred Poetry of the Muslim tradition:
Rumi, Hafiz, and Mohammed Iqbal

Lead by Amber Iqbal and Rev. Anne Mason
Are you looking for respite from your harried schedule? Would you like to deepen your connection to the Holy? How about building interfaith relationships over chai and poetry?
Come to First Parish once a month to explore sacred poetry of the Muslim tradition. Together with members of the Lexington Muslim community, we will use study techniques of both the western monastics and Middle Eastern scholars. We will hear the poems in their original language and in translation, then have time for quiet reflection using lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” and share with each other what we may have discovered in this time of spiritual reflection.
Thursday evenings, 7:15–8:30, at First Parish in Parish Hall
You do not need to attend all six sessions, but you may find that you want to!
Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 26, Apr 30

Do Morals Matter? Book talk via Zoom

Apr 16, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Do Morals Matter?

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. one of the world’s leading scholars of international relations, provides a concise analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy working through each presidency from FDR to Trump.

This lecture will be available via Zoom

Books available for purchase, please send a request to

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State, and won distinguished service awards from all three agencies. His books include The Future of Power,  The Power Game: A Washington Novel, and Do Morals Matter? He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2014, Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun.

A Peace Concert

May 3, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:30 PM, First Parish in Lexington will present a Peace concert of music from the gospel, world, jazz and mystical traditions celebrating Peace in the world and in our hearts. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children’s choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a 10-piece Jazz band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, saxophones, woodwinds and brass). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit