30 June 2009

In preparation for General Convention - ... Anglican Comunion Documents interpreted with wordle

If you don't have time, or the inclination, to read the Windsor Report, the Virginia Report, To Set Our Hope on Christ, the Book of Common Prayer,... check them out here. (and, just for fun, there is an image of my thesis, on A Dynamic Ecclesiology of Communion)

I've interpreted them with the help of wordle - a very fun and very time-efficent web based program at www.wordle.net

Any comments? I think there are some interesting differences and similarities between these documents.


~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey

The Windsor Report

To Set Our Hope on Christ

The "Virginia Report"

St. Andrew's Draft Document of the Anglican Covenant

The Book of Common Prayer

Dynamic Ecclesiology of Communion, by Peter Carey

28 June 2009

No person is lost in the crowd

hat tip to Frank Logue at "Irenic Thoughts" blog

The Titanic sank, in April of 1912. The next day, the headline of a famous newspaper was devoted entirely and exclusively to the death of the multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor. At the end of the article, the newspaper almost casually mentioned the other 1800 people who died. The other 1800 were not that important. Such is the attitude of the world and many public media, but not God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord is concerned about every single person and no person is lost in the crowd, however unimportant that person may be in the eyes of the world.
~William Barclay

Weird Al Yankovic's tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson - "Eat It"

Pretty good, well, more or less.

Click HERE, or on the image below...

Steve Martin's tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson

Hat tip to Brian McLaren...

27 June 2009

The Book of Common Prayer on wordle

The Book of Common Prayer (The Episcopal Church)
using www.wordle.net

Lord's Prayer, ... by wordle

Lord's Prayer

Wordle: Lord's Prayer

Dynamic Ecclesiology of Communion by Wordle

Just having some fun entering various text into "wordle"...

Here is the image of the most common words from my master's thesis, "Dynamic Ecclesiology of Communion":

Using Wordle at www.wordle.net

Good Stuff in TEC (The Episcopal Church) - Durham Episcopalians honor civil rights champion

from the Durham (NC) News - News & Observer

"Episcopals commemorate civil rights champion

By Flo Johnston, Correspondent

The Durham Convocation of Episcopal Churches has announced an upcoming service to commemorate the life of the Rev. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a lifelong champion for civil and human rights who grew up in Durham.

As a historian, attorney, poet, activist, teacher and Episcopal priest, she worked tirelessly to address injustice, educate and promote reconciliation between races.

The service on July 1 will be held at 7 p.m. at the church where she and her family worshipped, St. Titus Episcopal at 400 Moline St., located near the campus of N.C. Central University.

Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will be the celebrant. The sermon will be drawn from the sermons and writings of Pauli Murray as compiled and presented by Courtney Reid-Eaton, who is exhibits director for the Duke Center for Documentary Studies and a parishioner of St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Durham.

The significance of the service will be two-fold. First, to bear witness to an important figure in the local history of the Episcopal Church; and second, to assist in efforts to make the annual commemoration of her life an observance throughout the Episcopal Church.

This past spring, the Human Rights Center at Duke University launched a three-year initiative called the Pauli Murray Project in Durham. The goal is to use the writings of Murray as a lens through which to examine Durham's complex history around issues of race, to promote healthy dialogue and to seek reconciliation.

This should be of special interest to area Episcopalians, since Murray was the first woman of African-American heritage ordained as a priest. She returned to the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill in 1977 for her first celebration of the Eucharist, so that she could bear witness to the fact that her grandmother once sat in that church as an enslaved child....

Read the rest HERE

God is not limited

Glorify the Lord!

It seems to me that we can have a tendency to close off God, to make God limited in some way - we limit God to the church, the temple, the holy site. We limit God to our own world view, to our own culture, to our own country, to our own species. As difficult as it is to believe such things as Jesus walking on water or other seemingly miraculous events, our imagination is truly stretched when we think of God's presence, and God's actions in our lives and in the people, places and beings all around us. Canticle 12 from Morning Prayer reminds us to Glorify the Lord, and not only humans, not only those things we find in our houses of worship, but that all creation should Glorify the Lord!

God is not limited even if our imagination is limited from time to time!

Canticle 12 A Song of Creation
Benedicite, omnia opera Domini Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

I The Cosmic Order
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
O heavens and all waters above the heavens.

Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
all winds and fire and heat.

Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
drops of dew and flakes of snow>

Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
O shining light and enfolding dark.

Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

II The Earth and its Creatures
Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
O whales and all that move in the waters.

All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
and all you flocks and herds.

O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

III The People of God
Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

26 June 2009

"Straight outta Compline" - BCP Rap...WOW

The BCP Boys with their number one single, now for the first time in this delightful rap video.

The BCP Boys with their number one single, now for the first time in this delightful rap video.


Straight outta compline!
Thinkin about goin to bed
Gotta say my prayers til the day I'm dead
I lead the boys instead down to the chapel and said:
"You gotta play the shepherd till the sheep are fed!"
I got street cred, eatin bread with the sinners on the block
Chillin in my civvies, representin in my cassock
I fast talk all around the clock
Bringin people to my parish like the rain to a mountain-top
Where's my Saviour at?
Hangin with my enemies!
Where are the meek?
Yo, they're just ahead o' me
They're enterin the kingdom
Praises? They sing dem
Where are my possessions?
Hey, I couldn't bring dem
The bells of the tower?
It's time to ring dem
You think you can dis me?
My bishop's name is Ingham!
I caught the altar guild pinchin my maniple
Pulled out my crozier 'cause I'm an animal
I'm not a cannibal in communion
Transubstantiation fuels this confusion
Straight outta Compline!

Straight outta Compline!
I'm a young priest who is fightin the beast
The only way to do it's when I'm facin the east
I'm from the west coast of PEI
And I wantcha to know that my church is fly
I teach the Word as a rector
And I wear a biretta
For I gotta long cope with black rope
And it gives Anglos hope
My bells and smells are so dope
I'm not Johnny Cash but I dress in black
I got thirty-nine buttons in front of my back
My collar is visible
With a Spirit formidable
And I'm kissable
Well Hiltz was his name
A bishop who rose to fame
Put me in the game
He got me talkin 'bout the trinity
So quick you get sick of me
Straight outta compline!

Straight outta compline!
Noddin to the speakers of Latin
Not combatin with the Romans, gettin ready for matins
A day stitched in prayer
A life sown in rhyme
Put your hands in the air and break it down like an enzyme
I genuflect to get the full effect
In front of my bishop elect
My knees are wrecked from kneelin down
I show respect to the office
I picked my shoes
I heard my call
I tell good news to the short and to the tall
Whether powerful or small, I tell em all
Despite the fall:
Humanity's in the ring, but it doesn't mean we hafta brawl!
I see ills that are curable
Amidst our stagnance our conscience is stirrable
Light up the incense
I'm swingin my thurible
Our apathy is turrible
Straight outta compline!

24 June 2009

Catching up on some Episcopal Church youtube videos..Father Matthew, the "Godfather of Episcopal Youtube's" - "Lectio Divina" video!"

Another brilliant one from the "Godfather of Episcopal Youtube", Father Matthew...

On Lectio Divina

Catching up on some Episcopal Church youtube videos...AmmaGuthrie's "Prayer Book" video!

Just hilarious!



Each new community is called forth by God, as he inspires a particular man or woman or a group of people to respond to a specific cry or need of humanity at one particular moment of history. This cry can be very obvious: the cry of the dying in the streets of Calcutta or of the street kids in New York or of people with physical and mental handicaps. Or else it can be a more hidden cry: the need of the sixth-century Church for oases of prayer, the need of the thirteenth-century Church in Assisi for communities close to the poor. There is a cry hidden in the heart of God, of the Church and of the saints to give life. And finally, there are the hidden tears of the rich floundering in their wealth and the pain of their selfishness, emptiness, illusions, error and sinfulness, as they search for meaning. Each new community with its founder has a specific charism, gift and mission, responding to a particular cry for help, for recognition and for love.

By Jean Vanier, Community and Growth

Spend time in the wilderness

Whoever joins God’s liberation movement must be content to spend time in the wilderness, to live in tents and not know what the morrow brings.

By Elizabeth O’Connor

from "Inward/Outward" blog

23 June 2009

Good Stuff in TEC - Priest's husband donates kidney ...

This is a great story, and these are great people. As the old camp song goes, "They will know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love, They will know we are Christians by our Love."


Happiness, "Peanuts" ­creator Charles Schulz declared, is a warm puppy.

For Jay St. John, happiness -- euphoria, actually -- is a new ­kidney from an unlikely source.

"I feel great, just great," St. John says as he gestures with open arms, as though welcoming his restored life.

After years of illness and six months of dialysis, St. John, the 60-year-old headmaster at Episcopal Day School in Southern Pines, received a gift of immeasurable value medically, emotionally and spiritually.

The kidney transplanted on May 5 at the UNC Kidney Center in Chapel Hill was volunteered by 27-year-old artist, musician, teacher and cabinetmaker Jonathan Brower, who is neither relative nor old friend -- but a good match. Success was immediate.

Read it all HERE

Cares and Occupations - and not forgetting God

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Well, the big personal news for me and my family is that all the various paperwork came together (somehow! and not without some major, unnecessary incompetence from our bankers) and we closed on our house yesterday. We are excited and we are also quickly moving into the various "to do" lists which come now: getting our stuff moved in, doing some minor repairs and perhaps painting and such. We are deeply involved in the "cares and occupations of our life" these days as we have three kids and are also in the midst of this intensely liminal space. Thankfully, my spouse's parents live nearby and are helping with our kids, and we have some time off from work so we can do at least some of the tasks that are needed to be done.

And in the midst of it all it is so easy to forget the most important things in life, in the midst of our cares and occupations it is so easy to forget God, to forget that as important as the color of the kitchen walls are, and the dead branch over the porch, our attention should lift, from time to time to God. Remembering God and God's everpresent grace in our lives is essential for a full and abundant life. I pray that we can all not forget God in the midst of all of our cares and occupations.

Blessings on this wonderful day,

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

22 June 2009

Transitions....John 14:2

"In my Father's house are many rooms;
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you."

John 14:2

The blogging has been very light of late, as we are in the midst of transitions in our family. We're getting ready to start 2 new jobs, move to a new town, and today, we hope to close on a house. There may be a possibility that it will get delayed, but we're praying it goes relatively smoothly.

So, we're in the "in between" country of not really living here, nor there, of not really working here nor there, of being in-between and praying that God will be with us and that we will feel God's grace in our lives during these many changes.

In a little over a week, I will begin full-time work in a parish just outside of Charlottesville, VA as associate rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood and I am looking forward to it with great anticipation. The church is a great community of people and there is solid leadership in a wonderful rector and lay leadership. I am excited to continue my ministry there, and to learn and serve alongside such wonderful people.

Praying that we will feel the Spirit even as we work with banks, lawyers and the rest!


~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

21 June 2009

Indaba wine....Ubuntu beer?

At the Anglican Bishops' Lambeth Conference last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had the bishops meet in "Indaba" groups in which they explored scripture, built friendships, and worked towards greater unity in the Church. I happily noticed bottles of "Indaba wine" while on vacation in Cape Cod. Is Ubuntu beer next?

Article: "Who gets fed?" at Episcopal Cafe

My latest article, "Who gets fed?" was also posted today over at the Episcopal Cafe:

By Peter M. Carey

At my family’s cottage on Cape Cod, there is a bird feeder place in the middle of the front yard. It has been there for 20 years or so, made of brown metal, on a black pole. It has a kind of a perch for the birds to sit on which “shuts off” the access to bird seed if an animal larger than the average bird tries to get the food. It is designed so that squirrels and blackbirds will not be able to get to the food. Over the years, this bird feeder has been given new life through a black bungee cord which helps to keep it attached to the pole, and also through several stakes pounded into the ground and fastened to the pole, so that it continues to stand more or less upright.

Recently, I was sitting and watching the bird feeder out of the corner of my eye during a Sunday morning rain shower. The birds came steadily to feed. Sorry to say I am no accomplished birder, but I recognized red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, blue jays, robins, an agile blackbird or two, as well as countless little birds beyond my ability to identify. What was also remarkable were two chipmunks who found a way to climb up the pole, onto the perch, and who filled their cheeks with food and then scurried down and into the woods. The chipmunks took turns, it seemed, to grab the food and then sock it away. At times, the chipmunks shared the perch with a bird or two, and at times the chipmunks startled the birds, and at times a bird startled the chipmunks. But, on that Sunday morning, there was plenty of food to go around. I even saw a courageous and agile squirrel hold onto the top of the feeder and stretch down to eat bird food for several seconds before sliding off the feeder. Luckily for the squirrel, the birds are somewhat messy eaters, and there is plenty of birdseed scattered on the ground.

Read it HERE