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Head of School Dan Scheibe
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by Dan Scheibe

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Only Human Today

Martin Luther King Jr.In the less than 30 years since Martin Luther King Day became a national holiday and part of national practice, the occasion has deepened in meaning and purpose. On the national level, it has become entwined with inaugurations and State of the Union Addresses. On the international level, it has resonated with conflicts and causes—with the annual tragedies and triumphs that mark our passage through modern times.

As the holiday is still fresh, it has resisted some of the commercialization that cheapens such days. From where I sit as an educator who has seen the holiday enacted over nearly two decades, Martin Luther King Day has indeed extended both its roots and its branches. Perhaps we have reason to hope that it can measure up to a standard of timelessness and global reach that would mark the best application of human will and spirit.

Beyond the larger implications and within the Lawrence Academy community, the day has become a matter of expectation and delivery, and this year&…

Posted by jbishop on Tuesday January 20 at 02:21PM
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A New Year Dawns

…but the basic mission and identity of Lawrence Academy persists, even as each moment is a shining example of change. Just as it should be in a place whose business is the development and transformation of young lives.There must be strong vision and values binding our lives together, catalyzing them, sustaining them, lending them meaning. 

Recently, we have been reimagining the meaning of our powerful motto: “Omnibus Lucet.” I am sure I will subject both the school and this blog to many future musings about the significance of our saying, but for now, here’s a link to an animated muse, an Omnibus Lucet video capturing some of these New Year, New Day, New Moment thoughts. May you have a shining day, year, and life!

Posted by jbishop on Thursday January 8 at 10:05AM
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Our Reply to Violence

The Armed ManAfter September 11th, 2001, I vividly remember walking by the music department at the school where I taught at the time and seeing the following quotation from Leonard Bernstein taped on the window of a studio: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” I thought of this quotation as I, part of a respectful and full-hearted LA audience listened to our arts department’s performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

The nature of the performance will be documented elsewhere, but for here, I will only say it was extraordinary in the literal sense—lifting us up out of ordinary life for an unflinching look at “certain normal predicaments of human divinity,” as one of my favorite author-maniacs, James Agee once described the human condition. The performance was serious. It was intense. It was beautiful. It was an act of devotion, as Bernstein describes it. In certain moments, it…

Posted by jbishop on Thursday December 18, 2014 at 10:44AM
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