• Stations of the Cross of Nonviolence in a Pandemic

    Background Information: Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love at Boston’s Statehouse since 1984 For over 30 years representatives of The House of Peace, Sisters of St. Anne, Agape Community and Pax Christi, MA have gathered at Boston’s Statehouse to read Stations of the Cross of Nonviolence which embrace the violence we experience in the […]

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  • God and the Ego Mind in a Pandemic

    God and the Ego Mind in a Pandemic by Brayton Shanley Novel Corona Virus has spread from Wuhan China to 198 countries and territories around the world, an invisible disease, a soundlessly moving wildfire.  It could have been a bat that infected a human, but it is like no other virus in its voracious appetite. […]

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  • Legacy Book Tour: Spring 2020

      Suzanne and Brayton visited….

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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 memoir and
    an action plan to combat seemingly overwhelming challenges facing our world today, from climate
    change to racial injustice to gender inequality.

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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 prophecy: “It will be the […]

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  • Stopping Short of Emmaus

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley Recently, I read a critique by Alexandra Fuller of memoir as a literary genre: “Most memoir material is best saved for the shrink’s couch. …In order to balance its innate narcissism, a memoir ought to instruct.”  I read these words at a time when Brayton and I had recently reviewed the […]

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  • Loving Life on the Margins: the Story of the Agape Community

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley Reviewed by Thomas Lee, PhD, retired professor, St. Anselm College Suzanne and Brayton Shanley’s compelling book, Loving Life on the Margins: the story of the Agape community goes far beyond a chronological record of the labor-intensive founding and nurture of Agape, their unique home and community. It begins […]

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  • For Future Agape Interns: 3 Things to Remember

    by Natalia Luna From March to May 2019, I lived and worked alongside Dixon, Brayton, and Suzanne as an intern at the Agape Community. Partially out of necessity and partially on a whim, I left my life as a student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and began a journey far removed […]

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