Agape at a Glance

  • Holy Cross Rural Immersion 2018

    The week after Francis Day, Agape facilitated a Rural Immersion for six students from Holy Cross. Intern Aria and Mission Council member Sam assisted for the four days. Following the tradition of Holy Cross Agape Rural Immersions before them, this group stacked nearly a season’s worth of wood in Francis

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  • Photos From Francis Day 2018

    As promised, here are some photos from Francis Day 2018, “Confronting Systemic Racism”. All photos taken by David Legg except the last three. Enjoy these scenes from the event. Hover mouse over any photo to see its caption OR click on any photo to go into slide show mode

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  • Francis Day 2018

    Francis Day 2018 was attended by over 200 folks, the weather cooperated however could have been a bit warmer but we dawned blankets and spent an important day reflecting on race, peace and hope for our children! Photos Photos From Francis Day 2018 Videos Round Table Discussion On White Supremacy

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  • Ethnic and Racial Diversity: A Challenge to a White Community

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley (an excerpt from a chapter in Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community by Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley, to be released this fall by Haleys, Athol, MA) Attracting students to Agape from diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds has always been

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  • Following Jesus in a Post-Truth World

    by Brayton Shanley “Ultimates have to be seen for what they are; namely, ultimate.”  This statement from Thomas Merton drives a clarifying wedge into the post-modern age of today.  Pondering the truth of things has captivated me for as long as I can remember. Where is God? What is the

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  • Incarceration in a Rural Georgia County Jail

    by Martha Hennessey In southeastern Georgia, it is near the end of May, and the seven of us who participated in the Kings Bay Plowshares action of April 4th are in our eighth week of incarceration at Camden and Glynn County Jail.  We chose the day of Dr. King’s murder

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  • New Energy

    by Aria Killough-Miller “Can everyone halt?” Brayton asks. We pause from clearing lunch dishes and discussing afternoon tasks. He begins to sing “The Earth is Our Mother”. Having no idea what is going on, we nevertheless follow Brayton, who leads us into the basement toward the solar monitor. He decrescendoes

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  • May 2018 Stonehill College Rural Immersion

    by Rachel Riani At the end of May, eight of my fellow classmates at Stonehill College along with two faculty members went on an H.O.P.E. (Honoring our neighbor, Organizing for Justice, Practicing Peace, and Encountering God) trip to Hardwick, Massachusetts to serve the Agape Community for six days to learn

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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.