• Catholic Worker Conference at Holy Cross

    Last week, Suzanne, Brayton, and Matt, Agape’s newest resident, traveled to Worcester for a Catholic Worker Conference hosted by Holy Cross. The event allowed regional Catholic Worker communities to share their stories. They met up with many familiar faces and friends of Agape. Below: Suzanne, Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, Robert Ellsberg and Brayton. Claire Schaeffer Duffy is […]

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  • International Women’s Day & The Peace Pagoda

    Yesterday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. Suzanne and Brayton traveled to Smith College in Northampton to give a presentation entitled Loving our Planet: Sustainability, Spirituality, and the Ethic of Care. Suzanne also spoke about eco-feminism. Before the talk, she wrote: “As Brayton and I prepare to go to Smith College for a presentation on “Loving Our […]

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  • Early March Reflections

    We are already into our first week of March, and it has certainly been “March-like:” crisp, clear days and wind! Spring is just 17 days away… Suzanne, Brayton and Dixon joined the Veterans for Peace this past Saturday to stand with their Muslim friends against the targeting, hatred, bigotry, and Islamophobia directed towards the Muslim […]

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  • Celebrating St. Brigid at Agape

    On a cold February evening, with a layer of fresh snow covering the frozen ground, friends of Agape, some long-time and some new, gathered to celebrate St. Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of poetry, Ireland, and midwives. Suzanne led us through a ceremony honoring Brigid as we stood beside Agape’s straw bale house built in […]

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  • Introducing the Agape Blog!

    In the hopes of keeping everyone updated events and happenings here at Agape, we are launching a blog! Watch this space for events of importance here and elsewhere, photos, our take on world events, what’s growing in the Agape garden, what we’re cooking, and more! Stay tuned because next week we’ll share goings-on from our […]

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    Catholic Lay Community—No Easy Walk to Freedom

    by Brayton Shanley —  Agape is approaching its 34th year. We are dedicating this issue to the joys and sorrows of founding and living in intentional community. This past October our Francis Day theme comprised stories of Christian intentional communities devoted to nonviolence and service to the poor.            Emily Jendzejec, our facilitator for this […]

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    What is the Future of Nonviolent Community? An Answer in Faith, Hope and Love

     by Michael Baxter — This is a remarkable gathering of friends and families and of communities new and old together with our hosts, the Agape Community. The place to begin to think about the future, as I see it, is to draw on the wisdom of the past, on tradition. I live in a family, […]

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    If I Were a Contemporary of Jesus

     by Christopher J. Doucot As an undergrad studying religion with the Jesuits at Holy Cross College I was assigned to write about their radical brother Fr. Daniel Berrigan. Back in the dark ages, before the internet, I was able to find Fr. Dan teaching in Kentucky at Berea College by dialing 411. He graciously took […]

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    Welcoming the Stranger at Agape

    by Allison Carvalho One month before arriving at Agape I wrote in my journal: “Change is scary. Change is fluid. Change is evident. Change is unexpected.” While I was referring to the ending of my freshman year of college and the subsequent transitions that are bound to happen, I find that this sentiment is just […]

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  • Heavenly Treasure Not Sown

    by David Bittner             In the first few hours at the Hermitage, God showed me a few ways I needed to die to self.  I was hoping for groundbreaking revelations, the accomplishing of a great amount of reading, or for God to deal with a pesky issue.  While being a little “complainy,” God gently chided: “Are […]

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