Agape at a Glance

  • Natives on Horseback

    A Pilgrimage to Standing Rock: “After 500 Years of Oppression, All We Have Left Is Love” by Brayton Shanley

    Suzanne informs me that long-time activist friend, Hattie Nestel, called. “She wants to send straw bales to Standing Rock for Tepee insulation. Can you find her some straw bales?” Hattie’s request is in support of the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota, established by the Sioux Indian tribe to oppose the

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    After Images of Historic Protests

    It takes a very good reason to get us to Washington, DC to protest these days.  I do my protesting closer to home in Central Massachusetts.  But for Donald Trump’s inaugural, we just had to be there to stand against this dangerous and tragic farce.  So, down we went for

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    Trump’s Inaugural Witness with Answer Coalition and The Women’s March in Washington DC January 20-21, 2017

    Our first steps towards the Inaugural Protests were ones of staring into the unknown at 5am, departing from the home of friends in Cheverly, MD, taking a subway to the Naval Memorial, to the day of Donald Trump’s abomination.  It is still difficult to write or say these words.  Jane

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  • Servant Song Agape Community Darkness Descends

    Darkness Descends – by Brayton Shanley

    After voting for local candidates, I spent the remainder of Election Day fasting alone in our hermitage. I sought relief from the hellish fixation of a presidential campaign.  The next morning, I came down at 5am to drive to Boston to be in a meeting supporting our Iraqi Family with

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  • Democracy is Coming, Agape Community Servant Song

    “Democracy is coming to the USA.”  Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)  – by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    Post-election depression is palpable, all too real. I wonder by the time our readers set their eyes on this piece, written over a week after our national catastrophe, where we will be as a people.  Several days after the deluge, during an interview with David Remnick of the New Yorker,

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    Living the Story by Connor May

    I began to see an alternative faith experience unfold at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, with a powerful epiphany while on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius during my senior year, which caused me to start seeing connections that I could not ignore.  Seeing my life through Jesus’ eyes

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  • The Peace of “Selah” by Hannah Miles

    I believe Agape offers something that has become so rare in our world today. It offers peace. The community exudes acceptance and love. My grandmother always used the word “Selah,” which, in the Psalms, is a brief period of rest after the song is over in order for the listeners

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    God in the Garden by Libbie Steiner

    Since my teenage years, I have felt a strong yearning towards “living out my faith” in the truest sense of that phrase that I could find. My mother prioritized not only Sunday Mass, but also frequent trips to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and our local organic farm. She encouraged my

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    Listening to Muslim Voices in an Election Year: Agape Francis Day, 2016

    This Francis Day was totally unique in that 200 people gathered with Muslim brothers and sisters from the region to listen to the suffering and struggle of Muslim people from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and the United States in this dangerous, Islamophobic election year climate. The following are excerpts from the

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    Stonehill in the Spring

    Just recently, in the beautiful spring weather, Agape had the pleasure of hosting a memorable group of Stonehill College for the 8th consecutive year for a Rural Immersion. Upon arriving, the tour of our community would strike up interests in the environmental majors and foreign majors alike, which would later

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  • Agape Visit to Paul Hood

    Suzanne and Brayton visit Paul Hood, long-time Quaker activist and co-founder of Alanthus: nonviolent witness for Peace.  

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  • Agape Easter Vigil

    Easter Vigil with Bonfire and Mass with Father Fred Enman SJ from Boston College School of Law                               Resurrection mode: singing and celebrating after Mass at Agape on Holy Saturday!

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  • Brandeis University Rural Immersion!

    Brandeis University students prepare Agape Grounds for summer planting!!

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  • Agape at Fordham and the Native Nations Rising March

    Brayton and Suzanne were invited to Fordham University to speak in classes taught by Eric Martin, who just edited a book of letters of Dan and Phil Berrigan, called The Berrigan Letters.  Eric’s class was a diverse one, with continuing ed students who listened attentively to two guys from the

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Founded in 1982, The Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community located on 32-acres of woodlands in Central Massachusetts.

The Agape vision is an alternative vision of peace with the Earth and its inhabitants through deeply sustainable practices, public witness, and advocacy for a world that is carbon threatened.

Ecumenical and interfaith in outreach and practice, we focus on daily prayer, evangelical simplicity, and nonviolent witness in the world.

Members of the community engage in actions against war, peace vigils, and non-cooperation with institutional and eco-violence. We attempt to bring an integrated vision of peace, social justice, and eco-theology to our gospel based nonviolent practice.