• Defending the Victims

    by Alex Mooradian – To me, what stood out at St. Francis Day was the sense of caring among the attendees.  Everyone who spoke at the event, and who participated in the day as guests, shared the same desire to become more educated and involved.  Not everyone shared the same life histories, backgrounds, beliefs, or baseline of knowledge. But sitting outside together, everyone shared a common passion for learning more in order to promote peace.  While some may disagree on the methods, or the nuances around how to best address racial disparity, violence, oppression, and discrimination, including phenomena that affect immigrants, all present had a recognition and understanding of how important efforts toward peace truly are.  That shared understanding was very unifying throughout the day. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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  • Great Spirit—Jesus—God—Allah– Heal Us

    by Ann Rader – It was so important for there to be a white Christian voice saying- we repent, forgive us Lord, we reject the ways of the “white Christian” militarized economic system that has wreaked havoc upon your sacred people. Which has offended you. You – the Great Spirit – Jesus- God (Allah)–the Holy Spirit– who has been so painfully misrepresented, misunderstood and missed over the centuries.
    Seeing Josiah and Frankie plant the tree… These are very healing moments…
    Ann Rader, co-Founder of Freedom Farm with her husband, Edgar Hayes, is also a member of Agape’s Mission Council

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  • Worcester Inter-Tribal Indian Council: Sacred Fire and Pipe Ceremony

    By Nicole and Rick Braithewait Hunt and John Joubert – “[The challenge is] how do we come back to being one people again. We have the same spirit within us all. We’ve forgotten that.” Nicole Brathwaite-Hunt
    “The native part of me tells me that we’re a culture that is totally ignored and people don’t believe we exist anymore. The African side of me, basically tells me we’re a culture that hasn’t treated as humans.” Rick Hunt
    John Gentlehawk Joubert said of his friend Rick: “You are trapped. As a Native American, you were not worthy enough to co-exist and the rest of the world wanted to wipe you out. In the black culture, people wanted to own you. You were a commodity so they wouldn’t have to do work. That is not ‘civilized’.”

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  • Give Us a Seat at the Table

    By Julieta Mendoza – Systemic racism has, throughout my whole life, prevented me from being in spaces like this today, from going to college, from feeling like I belong, and from finding people like me who want a revolution!

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  • Courage to Change

    by Brenna Cussen – I was beyond impressed that Agape was willing to dive into such a difficult and necessary issue. The diversity of the speakers, musicians, and prayer leaders were a testament not only to the relevance of the topic, but also to Agape’s reputation and dedication to building relationships. How important it was to begin and end the day with ceremony and reflections from Worcester’s Native community, recognizing that the event took place on occupied land.

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  • St. Francis Day on Replay

    by Jonathan Betts Fields – Nonviolent love looks

    like friendship; embrace it and

    end all the isms.

    Race justice, lament,

    and forgiveness mix well with

    laughter, baked goods and singing.

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  • The Mystic’s View

    Book review by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy

    Robert Thiefels has written a thoughtful and valuable book about consciousness as it pertains to the Christian faith journey. In Standing in the Midst of Grace: Essays on Living in Christ Consciousness, he invites us to look beyond the Jesus we have created in our own image and see the unfolding Christ Who loves us into full participation with an evolving universe.

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  • Challah on Advent Evening

    Since Agape’s Annual Advent Evening falls just before the first night of Hanukkah, we will honor this holiday with two loaves of challah. Challah is a rich, sweet bread eaten on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. For Shabbat, two loaves symbolize the two portions of manna that God to the Hebrews every Friday when they wandered […]

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  • Way More Than A Day

    by George Aguiar – In fact, 28 days.  This year my Francis Day stars aligned in such a way that I’d be spending 28 days at Agape Community in Massachusetts helping to organize Francis Day as I transitioned to midcoast Maine after a summer in Azeitão, Portugal immersed in learning Portuguese and  getting to know the people, history and current political situation in order to better understand the wildfire situation within the context of climate catastrophe. 

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  • 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 House, Brigid House, and the […]

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