• 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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  • Origins of White Supremacy by Brayton Shanley

    It is October 7, 2017, and I am looking out at the crowd of 350 people with about one hundred Native people representing twenty tribes. As Native sisters and brothers drum, dance, sing, give talks, and display their beadwork, I wonder: “How could a scene like this happen at Agape?” Asking the question, I begin […]

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  • Standing at the Sacred Fire Before Dawn by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    We had been communing with local and national Native brothers and sisters for weeks before Chief Arvol Looking Horse’s arrival our 35th Anniversary on Saturday, October 7th, for Agape’s 35th Anniversary when he began his prayerful, meditative morning reflection, standing in headdress and purple shirt.  I was enveloped then and still rest in a sacred […]

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  • Standing Rock is Everywhere by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock, SD

    Blessings and Greetings to each and every one of you.   It’s a great honor to be able to speak to you today.  I live on the Rez, in South Dakota. I come from there to here.  Over a year ago, in August, I was invited to Standing Rock by Dave Archambault, the tribal chairman […]

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  • Listening to Native Voices by Rev. Margaret Bullitt Jonas

    Hundreds of people – including leaders and elders of Native American tribes from across the U.S. – assembled under a large tent at Agape, a Christian community in the woods of central Massachusetts dedicated to social justice, non-violence, and sustainable living. We were there to mark the 35th annual celebration of St. Francis Day at […]

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  • The Power of Female Energy by Elena Creef

    I didn’t know until I arrived at Agape how much I needed to be in the healing company of like-minded individuals in a community devoted to a shared vision of peace and unity. Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson and Peggy McNew were dynamic, amazing, while leading the beautiful water ceremony. There was a powerful female energy […]

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