• Voices

    Comments by Iona College students: Class on Sustainability and Community, after a weekend at Agape with Professor Meryl Nadel “I thought the trip removed the classroom atmosphere to the real world.”  “The location was really beautiful and helped relieve some stress.” “A close knit community within a short amount of time–in one house, relating to […]

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  • How Am I Ruined for life?

    by Matt Carriker I was incredibly grateful to spend much-needed time with a like-minded spiritual community at Agape’s hermitage this July.  I serve as the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University and as Pastor at Agape Spiritual Community in Waltham (similar vision to Agape’s though different in expression).  Life in ministry and chaplaincy is demanding.  Our […]

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  • Paul Hood, Wounded and Triumphant Wisdom Keeper (1926-2017)

    by Dinah Starr A vivid picture in my mind is that of Brayton Shanley standing with Paul Hood under the portico of the Cambridge Friends Meeting.  It was 1979. Paul invited me to join a Bible study group focusing on peace, the start of a journey which would change my life, giving it a new […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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