Agape at a Glance

  • Melinda Adrienne Pellerin Graphic

    Lift Every Voice and Sing – by Melinda Adrienne Pellerin, SSJ

    “Lift ev’ry voice and sing, ‘Til earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty… facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on ’til victory is won.” Often called the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was written as a poem by

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  • Trump supporters pray with counter-protester in Michigan

    God’s Peace Heals All Divisions: An Election Year Vigil – by Jim Robinson

    Throughout the fall, we at Agape have been reading Pope Francis’s recently released encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, as part of our noonday prayer. Before eating lunch together, we gather in the living room of St. Francis House and read an excerpt from the encyclical. We sit with the impact of Pope

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  • Finding a New Way of Being – by Dixon George

    At different points in my life I’ve found myself reflecting on where I have come from, where I am now, and where I am going.  The answers that I get from prayer, meditation and conversations with people in my community are that I come from ten years of the experience of the

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  • Veganism and Climate Change

    Climate Change and Covid Are Telling Us: Go Vegan – By Katya Renée Freitas

    Like many people, Covid has drastically changed both my internal and external world. I was only about a month and a half into my last semester of college at Hofstra University when the virus first hit. In an instant, my college career seemed to be ending, giving me no time

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  • Illustration by David Klein

    The Harmonizing Power of Dialogue – by Steve Tumolo

    Joe Biden wins But God’s peace steals our attention The people and the woods of Agape Invite us to be still. One in a hut, one in a hermitage, Our stay is too brief. Yet even a pause in the woods Can heighten our capacity to hear. The healing power

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  • The Splendor of Now – poem by Barry Winkelman

    Surrender to the splendor of the now Surround yourself with love’s serenity Suspend disbelief just for the moment Find peace within the chapel of your heart Part the narrow furrow of your thinking Seeding the same row every spring season Sow a different plot of untilled land Tie a bow

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  • Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Update

    Agape continues to stand in solidarity with the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 and the death-dealing weapons that these systems produce and employ. With our plowshare friends, we renew our commitment to the nonviolent Jesus in his resistance to the systems of domination. As prisons continue to be hotbeds for COVID-19

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  • Agape Community Servant Song Winter 2021. Artwork by D Roberts Kirk

    Pro-Death Catholics and the Racist Death Penalty

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley Today is the second day of Advent, and I have just completed reading two women friends’ mystical writing, one a poet, Denise Levertov, another a mystic, environmentalist woman priest of the Episcopal Church, Margaret Bullit-Jonas. Denise’s poetry matches the 6 a.m amazement as I look out

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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.