• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New Energy

    by Aria Killough-Miller “Can everyone halt?” Brayton asks. We pause from clearing lunch dishes and discussing afternoon tasks. He begins to sing “The Earth is Our Mother”. Having no idea what is going on, we nevertheless follow Brayton, who leads us into the basement toward the solar monitor. He decrescendoes the song to silence, then […]

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