Holy Cross College Rural Immersion at Agape, October 2013Click the image to view the photo album
Annual St.Francis Day celebration, October 2013 photo by Skip Schiel
Volunteer at Agape: A Unique Rural Living Experience
Edgar Hayes, Co-founder of a community modeled after Agape named Freedom Farmphoto by David Connelly Legg
Sustainable Living at AgapeWhen human beings live in harmony with the earth, we uphold the sanctity of all life. Because we want to sustain this life into the next generations, we seek to live a wholesome life that sustains itself.
Founded in 1982, The Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community. Ecumenical and interfaith in outreach and practice, we focus on daily prayer, evangelical simplicity, and nonviolent witness in the world. 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. 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.
December 2013 – March 2014
Brayton Shanley is the co-founder, with his wife Suzanne Belote Shanley, of the Agape Community, a lay Catholic residential foundation on 34 acres of land in Hardwick, MA. Committed to nonviolence, contemplation, and sustainability since its establishment in 1982, the community is involved in interfaith dialogue and practice, which includes living in a straw bale house with a composing toilet, solar energy, growing the community food and a ministry of internships and outreach to college age youth, graduate and undergraduate.
Brayton will share what can happen when we take on today’s global challenges – transforming our relationships with other people and living beings on the planet through a sustainable lifestyle centered in nonviolence, compassion, contemplation and action in the world. He will also read from his recently published book, The Many Sides of Peace: Christian Non-Violence, The Contemplative Life, and Sustainable Living.
Book Tour "The Many Sides of Peace"
Join Brayton Shanely as he tours New York City , Chicago, Canada and more with his new book, "The Many Sides of Peace"- which already receiving rave reviews!
Events include readings, discussion and book signing.
Saint Francis Day Report
October 5th 2013
This annual event honors St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of ecology, after whom Agape’s main house is named
“Faith and the Environment: Prayer and Action”