• In Memoriam: Rich Bachtold, Poet, and Mystic February 10, 2015

    Reflection by Brayton Shanley: Rich lived three virtues better than any other person I’ve ever known. First, he was a profoundly nonviolent man. I never saw him angry, use harsh language or act with any aggression whatsoever. He was true Ahimsa, Sanskrit for the Hindu principle of non-injury. I’m sure at some point, he may […]

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  • Coming Home – By Edgar Hayes

    “Honey, I’m home!” Alas, back to the quiet, the clean air, and country living. I grew up in the city, but it wasn’t hard for me to leave. While living there, I looked for places of solace like the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn or the Cloisters Park in Manhattan. At home on the farm, I […]

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  • Challenge of Community on Freedom Farm, Agape’s Sister Community – By Ann Rader

    I’m alone again – in a big old chilly farm house – on 59 acres of land – peeking over this screen, out the office window to sun on snow. This land is a gift, longing hills slope to meet the tiny Shawangunkill River, protected by young sugar maples and ash. Deep beneath her snowy […]

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  • Poetry Corner – Pieta – By George Capaccio

    Pietà   Artists, they counsel, take all that anger building up in you and use it to make something beautiful for the world to wear or otherwise possess.     They say, of course you’re angry. Look how Bush ignored our marches, our passionate words, and went to war anyway against a broken army and […]

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  • Sowing Seeds: Reflection on the Anniversary of Our Agape Wedding, May 29th 2014 – By Emily Jendzejec and Bennett Comerford

    Spring of 2005: We Come to Agape We like to think of it more as it was always meant to be. Agape chose us years ago, and we have been a part of the community ever since.  In the spring of 2005 we were ready to graduate and leave Boston College.  As seniors, we were […]

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  • Pope Francis and Nonviolent Parenting: A Personal Reflection – by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    In remarks during a general audience at the Vatican in February, devoted to “the role of fathers in the family,” Pope Francis spoke of correcting children “with firmness” commenting on a father who shared that he sometimes had to “smack” his children, but “never in the face”, to which Francis remarked “How beautiful. …He has […]

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  • Tribute to Juanita Morrow Nelson – August 17, 1923 – March 9, 2015 – By Brayton Shanley

    I do not remember the first time that I met Juanita Nelson and her husband Wally.  In the world of peacemaking, the names and tax refusal actions of these most tenacious, nonviolent warriors just always seemed to be around.  Wally died in 2002 and Juanita just passed last March after 91 remarkable years. We invited […]

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  • The Call Goes Out for Agape Community Members

    Thirty-three years of co-mentoring Agape as a school for nonviolence and simple living have been a great fulfillment and joy. As the community and its co-founders age, we find that Agape needs to evolve. We are making a specific and concrete effort to find people to become community members, who have moved beyond their college […]

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  • Book Review: Seizing the Nonviolent Moments by Nancy Small

    Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Nancy Small has just published a new book, Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflections on the Spirituality of Nonviolence Through the Lens of Scripture, available from Wipf and Stock. Life is filled with opportunities to practice nonviolence. If we kept track, we’d be surprised at how often we get to […]

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  • “Blessed Are the Merciful” – By Pat Ferrone

    Armed only with banners advocating mercy, and signs decrying the death penalty, nonviolent peacemakers from Agape, Pax Christi, Veterans for Peace and elsewhere, regularly stand vigil in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston. In the early morning, a stream of employees, visitors, victims and lawyers pass before us, some with averted eyes […]

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