• Weekend with Young Adults from Second Church in Newton

    Leah Rumsey came to Agape with a group of students from Franklin College, IN and has since returned to the Boston area for PhD work at Harvard and to serve at Second Church in Newton. We had a working weekend with young adults Mandy, Shiya, and Connor, with whom we bonded around themes of peace […]

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  • White Supremacy, Christian Supremacy, and the Need to Change Our Lives

    Jim Robinson Behind the altar of the Agape chapel, a driftwood cross twists around the icon of Christ Pantocrator. The 6th century writer of this icon depicts Jesus as the ruler of the universe, conveying his power not with a crown, or glistening jewels, or any of the other accoutrements of empire, but by 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 because of his linking of […]

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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 truth?  If I have one […]

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  • Another Lesson Learned

    by Brayton Shanley It was Sunday afternoon, and we at Agape were hosting students from Harvard Divinity School for the day.  We were having a discussion about nonviolent lifestyle and simplicity as I was describing some of the physical toil that goes into a life choice of operating a rural Christian Community: housebuilding and repair, […]

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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 a struggle.  Students from urban […]

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  • Reflection From Visitor Marjorie Corbman

    Jim Robinson brought his friend and fellow Fordham PhD candidate, Marjorie Corbman, to Agape in late July. The two of them delighted the community with kale salad and crispy tofu! Marjorie offered this poem to the community as a reflection on the half week she spent at Agape:   Prayer Before a Driftwood Crucifix  (in […]

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  • Everything Is Real Customer Appreciation Day

    Allah Mathematics Allah is the founder and main barber for the Everything is Real Barbershop at 182 Dudley Street, Roxbury.  Here are photos and reflections on Everything is Real Customer Appreciation Day, July, 2018. Brayton and Suzanne have known Allah since he was seven, and his sisters Julie and Chele who were also at the […]

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  • Solar is Agape’s Sole Power

    As of June 2018, both of the houses and the electric car at Agape run solely on solar power. In 1999, Agape began its commitment to solar energy when the community built the Straw Bale House with five solar panels, providing a fraction of that house’s energy demands. In 2011, the community upgraded to a four kilowatt […]

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  • Annual Agape Workday June 2018

    This year’s Work Day included a memorial to Pat Tracy, who, before his passing last fall, had come to every Work Day to drive groups of students, serve refreshments, haul wood nonstop, and make everyone laugh. Friends of this “Agape pillar”, as Brayton and Suzanne described him in a tribute in last winter’s Servant Song, came from Long […]

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