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    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 NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson, […]

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  • Rooted in Love – by Jeanelle Wheeler

    I believe white people need to learn to talk about race.  White people need to own our whiteness and examine what whiteness means.  This examination is a huge part of fighting for racial justice because, as Lala Saad writes in her book, Me and White Supremacy, “You cannot dismantle what you cannot see.  You cannot […]

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  • Power Differential in the Context of Poverty in Haiti – by Steve and Nancy James

    We both grew up as missionary kids in Burma/Myanmar where our friends were Burmese/Karen kids, so we were very conscious of not being like our friends.  Every day, we wished that we had brown skin and black hair and that we were not white foreigners. Although our childhood in Burma/Myanmar and India was an “adventure […]

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  • Look Again – by Rev. Jonathan Betts Fields

    It is essential that we notice how we have been changed and how we have worked to change ourselves if we are to truly become anti-racists building the Beloved Community. If we want to change our world, we first must live, move and become the change we wish to see.  Then we have to look […]

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  • Be the Change – by Julie Bradley

    After attending Agape’s October 2020 Zoom Francis Day event, I felt a sense illumination. Agape Community stepped up to the challenge of racism, showing its members’ level of commitment and involvement in all areas of struggle within humanity. This event brought me a sense of hope that in the future we will see more and […]

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  • The Dream of Allyship – by Edgar Hayes

    There is a classic story about a hypothetical dream conveyed to a psychiatrist in which a runner tries to catch up in a race of 401 laps. The runner keeps being held back from completing the race by one obstacle after another, until a merged path appears when “a huge bright light began to shine.” […]

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  • Election Day Ware Vigil Agape Community

    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 Francis’s insights in the silence […]

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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 Agape Community, first as an […]

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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 to get the closure I […]

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    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 of dialogue Takes root.   […]

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