Agape at a Glance

  • Advent Evening 2019

    Around forty people joined us for this year’s Advent Evening celebration. With song and chant throughout the evening, we stood in silence around the advent fire, witnessed a roleplay of the recent Amazon Synod and shared prayers in the living room, and meditated on sacred objects in the chapel. We

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  • The Marvelous Did Happen (Servant Song of Winter 2020 is Released!)

    What follows is the front page of this most recent Servant Song. To find the rest, click here for a pdf version or explore them on the website by clicking here. The Marvelous Did Happen by Suzanne Belote Shanley “…it was/flame and song and granted us/joy, we thought we’d do,

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  • Spirit of Life Community Book Reading and Signing

    Spirit of Life Community book reading and signing on Sunday, Oct. 27th at the Congregational Church of Weston was a lively, uplifting event with liturgy, presided over by Catholic Woman Priest, Jean Marchant, and her husband, Ron Hinderlang and the gathered community, after which Brayton and Suzanne read from Loving

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  • The Paulist Center Book Signing

    Over 60 people gathered in the auditorium at the Paulist Center on Sunday, October 27th after 10 am Mass for a talk by Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley, on their new book, Loving Life on the Margins. We sold out of all the books and t-shirts on hand and

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  • Holy Cross Immersion

    Earlier this October, students from Holy Cross came and spent almost a week with us. They helped out across the homestead!

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  • Stonehill Book Launch

    Suzanne and Brayton did a book presentation for Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community at Stonehill College on Monday, October 21, 2019.  They visited the Stonehill Farm and Mary Chapel.    

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  • An Inspiring Young Person’s Anticipation and Hope

    If you are looking for a handbook to hope and healing amidst the stress of everyday life, look no further than Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community.  This 315-page book, written by husband and wife Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley, serves as both a

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Founded in 1982, The Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community located on 32-acres of woodlands in Central Massachusetts.

The Agape vision is an alternative vision of peace with the Earth and its inhabitants through deeply sustainable practices, public witness, and advocacy for a world that is carbon threatened.

Ecumenical and interfaith in outreach and practice, we focus on daily prayer, evangelical simplicity, and nonviolent witness in the world.

Members of the community engage in actions against war, peace vigils, and non-cooperation with institutional and eco-violence. We attempt to bring an integrated vision of peace, social justice, and eco-theology to our gospel based nonviolent practice.