Agape at a Glance

  • Loving Life on the Margins • the story of the Agape community

    40 years of Community, Resistance, Nonviolence and Sustainability. Read "Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community" available now! Order online from our website or download an order form to purchase by mail. The book covers the life of its co-founders, Suzanne and Brayton...

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  • St. Joseph College Retreat at Agape, January 2019

    Students from St. Joseph’s College in Long Island spent a spectacular four days at the Agape Community. Our Agape stalwart, Pat Tracy, who died a year and a half ago, was the reason for our knowing all of these wonderful students. We felt the love and spirit of Pat pervading

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  • Reckoning with the Coming of Jesus

    By Brayton Shanley- The first Sunday of Advent’s gospel from Luke reads “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and waves. People fainting with fear, with foreboding of what is

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  • A Track to the Water’s Edge

    by John H Bracey - A lot that has happened since I agreed to speak three months ago.  The topic I gave Agape was an “umbrella” topic…I could make it big or small.  It was called “Working for the Beloved Community In Perilous Times.”

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  • Words, Wordlessness and Coping with Despair

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley - The cascade of global and national catastrophes is so devastating that we hear repeatedly on newscasts phrases such as “There are no words to describe Yemen.”  Nevertheless, a human rights official managed to locate a few: “Hell on earth for millions of children…starving and in

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  • Listening to the Anguish of Racism

    By Brayton Shanley - It all started in 2016 with Donald Trump’s Muslim taunting.  Our Mission Council members were gathered for our winter meeting and the planning our next St. Francis Day when John Paul Marosy, one of our crew asked of our group:  “What is our world going to

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  • Are We Contemplative Enough?

    by Father Warren Savage - My mother would always say to us, do not forget where you come from. You are a child of God. Titles get in the way. We only should be introduced as children of God.  We all come from a creator who does not have partiality,

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  • On the Side of God, Light and Justice

    by Edgar Hayes - A wonderful start to the conversation of race in America--the day, music, panelists, food, attendees were all wonderful at Francis Day. Yet, it only scratched the surface. Its seedling is just bursting forth from the earth.  One day, it will produce Godly abundance. For me, to

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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.