Sunday, April 26, 2015

Simplicity




“Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

~William Morris

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Decluttering as a spiritual practice? The Psychological Benefits Of 'Kondoing' Your House



From The Huffington Post

The Psychological Benefits Of 'Kondoing' Your House

There is plenty to gain when we let go of all the clutter.

In her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo offers insight into the Japanese art of tidying, or releasing ourselves from the clutter that threatens chaos. The how-to book has gained traction globally by helping people reform their own spaces -- physically and mentally. Scores of fans have posted photos of their reorganized drawers on social media and have even turned the author's name into a verb -- "Kondoed" -- to express the act of purging unnecessary belongings, theWall Street Journal reported.

The truth is, we can all glean a few lessons in well-being from Kondo's manifesto, whether we're cleaning our bedroom or negative energy out of our life. However, it can be a more daunting task than it sounds.

Read it all HERE


Thursday, April 16, 2015

God's presence



I am a reasonably orthodox Methodist, and I go to church on Sunday because fellowship matters, because I find meaning in the history of the Israelites and in the Gospels, and because I love to sing hymns. But it is not in “God’s house” that I feel God’s presence most—it is in his outdoors, on some sun-warmed slope of pine needles or by the surf. It is there that the numbing categories men have devised to contain this mystery—sin and redemption and incarnation and so on—fall away, leaving the overwhelming sense of the goodness and the sweetness at work in the world.


From "Inward/Outward" Blog

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"The Outermost Schoolhouse" - display at the Eastham Schoolhouse this summer!

The Outermost Schoolhouse

The Henry Beston Society collaborated with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on the exhibit, "A Sense of Place: The Works of Beston, Hay, & Finch," in 2008. This summer, the Beston Society will join forces with the Eastham Historical Society for an exhibit of artifacts from Beston's "Outermost House" at the EHS 1869 Schoolhouse Museum.
Call it “The Outermost Schoolhouse.”
This summer, the Henry Beston Society and the Eastham Historical Society will be collaborating on a special exhibit of artifacts from Henry Beston’s “Outermost House” at the Eastham Historical Society’s 1869 Schoolhouse Museum.
This will be the first time that many of these artifacts have been displayed in public — all in a place that Beston used to visit on a regular basis during his “Year on the Beach” in the 1920s.
Read more HERE

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Berkeley Preparatory School Middle Division Boys' Lacrosse - 2015

Berkeley Preparatory School Middle Division Boys' Lacrosse - 2015

I am extremely blessed to coach 40 or so awesome boys on our Middle Division lacrosse team here at Berkeley Preparatory School.  We had a great season!!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey





















Monday, April 06, 2015

Easter Reflection ~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey ~ Berkeley Preparatory School - 6 April 2015

Easter Reflection
The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Berkeley Preparatory School - 6 April 2015

The word "Easter" and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday come from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshipped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and the return of the sun after the long winter. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving each other decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century.  (Writers’ Almanac – April 5, 2015)

Many words have been written about this holiday of Easter.  For this brief reflection, I will focus on the sense that this holiday of resurrection, life, and hope points to something radically new.  There is a real possibility of new life, of a new start, of a new way of seeing and being.

We each begin the year with a sense of a new start a blank slate, a tabula rasa.  Whether it is the new year of the beginning of the academic year, or the New Year on January 1st, many of us make resolutions and set goals for the year ahead.  For Christians, this holiday of Easter rests on the belief that God has turned the tables on our expectations; that life emerges even from death, and this life is radically new and abundant. 

As we move into the final stretch of our school year, it may not feel to you like we have a clean slate, or that we have that fresh sense of newness.  However, the gift is there for us, if we have eyes to see.  Just as Spring brings new growth, God has also given us each the possibility of a rich and new life.  Just as God breathed life into the world in the Creation story in Genesis, God also breathes life into us every day.

This is the moment of new creation.
This is the first day of God’s new week.
The darkness is gone, and the sun is shining. ~ N.T. Wright

I am not sure how aware you all are of a piece of the story of Jesus in John’s gospel, when Jesus appears to the disciples after he is crucified.  Near the very end of the gospel, Jesus appears to the disciples and has a conversation with Peter while after Jesus cooks fish for them.

Peter is most definitely shocked to see Jesus after he has died, but also distraught that previously, he had denied knowing Jesus three times.  In the appearance to Peter, Jesus offers Peter the opportunity for new life – as Peter is forgiven and empowered to live and lead what would become the church.  The one who denied Jesus was forgiven and chosen to lead!  And to lead a new life!

John 21: 15-17

The message here is that God offers forgiveness and new life to Peter, to his disciples and also to the likes of us.  The possibility, and the reality, of a new and abundant life is always there for us, no matter our circumstances, no matter our past, no matter who we are.  And so, for us, here in this place, even in the final stretch of the year, we each have the gift of a new and abundant approach to our lives!



A Prayer in Spring, by Robert Frost, 1915

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter!


O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

50 Great Books for Teachers


50 Great Books for Teachers

This is a great list!

Click HERE for the entire list

I've posted a few below:


From the FractusLearning Blog
http://linkis.com/fractuslearning.com/h5Qvw


There are a LOT of great books for teachers out there. Picking just fifty is no easy feat but we’ve done our best to cover the best books for teachers from five different angles. Now all of these are exceptional reads. They are in no particular order. Number one is just as great a resource as number fifty. So take a browse through the list or jump direct to your area of interest.
Best Books for Teachers 1-10

1. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.
Best Books for Teachers - Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In Lean In, Sandberg digs into issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women.

3. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica

The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility.

4. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change – Adam Braun

The riveting New York Times bestseller about a young man who built more than 250 schools around the world—and the steps anyone can take to lead a successful and significant life. The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn their biggest ambitions into reality.

5. Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage and Transform, – Elise Ballard

Have you ever experienced an epiphany, a life-changing moment or realization? Elise Ballard has, and she was so stunned by its effect on her life that she started asking others if they had ever experienced these kinds of breakthroughs.

6. The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life – Chris Guillebeau

A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest. When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest.

Last Supper


Maundy Thursday



Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Wednesday in Holy Week

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.