Agape at a Glance

  • 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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  • 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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  • To Silence a Divine Voice?

    by Brayton Shanley In December 2016, I spent some time at Standing Rock, in North Dakota. I felt called to the Lakota led nonviolent witness against the oil pipeline going through sacred tribal lands of the native people residing there.  Around the sacred fire a tribal leader spoke of 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.