• Our Drum Echoes over the Water by Joe Dancing Eagle

    When I heard of an opportunity to sing and drum at a gathering being held for Standing Rock in Hardwick, MA, I jumped at the opportunity. When I arrived, I was greeted with smiles by friendly people. I noticed the buildings and the garden, built by the community with love.  As our drum group, The […]

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  • Systemic Racism is Alive and Well by Chief Dwaine Perry, Iron Bear

    We have experienced conflict and oppression for over 300 years.  Our children were encouraged to drop out of school, so that generation upon generation became weary of survival, and afraid to address anyone outside of the tribe.  Some of us have been murdered, and our land has been taken, and the oppressors have gotten away […]

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  • Voices from Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas’ Blog Post

    “You brought water to parched land.  The rain today is reaching down to the roots of that little white pine.  May that ceremony water the shriveling spirits across the land.” Judy Hyde “Thank-you for bringing us all into the sacred circle of confession, repentance and commitment to making amends for our past egregious betrayal of […]

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  • Paul by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    RIP Paul Hood, co-founder of Ailanthus, key influence on the founding of Agape.  Feature in next issue. Your essence is blue jean, frail denim. your jacket, an emblem, you wear like a second skin, the first left in a foxhole in Okinawa. Shining rebirth, you fled those booze-beguiling fantasies of the good life into those […]

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  • Pat Tracy, Goodbye to an Agape Pillar by Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley

    When we got the word from one of his students that Pat Tracy had died on September 17, we felt immediately overwhelmed, devastated.  “Death is impossible” we thought, a truism from the philosopher Sartre which seemed truer than ever with Patrick’s death at age 64.  Patrick had worked his way into the heart and soul […]

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  • Bruce Davidson, Sirius Community Visionary, Mystic, Friend RIP by Brayton Shanley

    For Bruce, the truest soul-mate, a true anam cara spiritual brother who both lived the spirit of mystical love but also worked so hard, taught so tirelessly, so much, about how to live life to the absolute fullest. Bruce was a walking, talking, radical alternative–gritty, earthy, always with that smile. Whenever I needed advice on […]

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  • Remembering Francis Day 2017

    Though it is approaching two months since October 7th, we still find ourselves immersed in the significance of Francis Day 2017. Read on for a re-cap of the day.  The Agape Community’s Francis Day celebration this year saw more than 350 water protectors (more attendees than any other year) gather to honor America’s indigenous people. […]

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  • No More Sacrifice Zones by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    Ever since Brayton returned from Standing Rock, North Dakota, the breathtaking images that he shared with me by phone while in North Dakota have resounded in my heart and soul: “You won’t believe these…teepees, tents everywhere.  We delivered the straw bales.  Our greeters were people of all ages.  They came for a month ago and […]

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  • I am a Woman Nancy Wood

    Native Nations Rising: A Countersign by Brayton Shanley

    Our country is in rapid political decline.  The sign?  Donald Trump is president and has been leading the decline for seven whole months now.  Eighty percent of the registered Republicans support Trump through his clinical narcissistic horrors.  So we are descending fast. And where is the hope in such a descent into dangerous political absurdity?  […]

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  • Defend the Sacred

    “We Need an Energy Shift to Heal Our Mother Earth”  Chief Arvol Looking Horse: Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations

    “I, Chief Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, ask  you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, that we call ‘Turtle island’…recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today…continued massacres…on other lands and our own Americas. Our ancestors never saw a […]

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