• Heavenly Treasure Not Sown

    by David Bittner             In the first few hours at the Hermitage, God showed me a few ways I needed to die to self.  I was hoping for groundbreaking revelations, the accomplishing of a great amount of reading, or for God to deal with a pesky issue.  While being a little “complainy,” God gently chided: “Are […]

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  • Eulogy to Anthony Flaherty

    by Winston Warfield Anthony Flaherty died on July 13, 2015 after suffering a massive and crippling stroke. My relationship with him went beyond being a fellow peace activist. He was my friend, and as close to being a real brother as one can get. We communicated almost every day. We shared our despair at the […]

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  • LAMENTATION AND CALL TO PROPHECY IN A TIME OF WAR

    Being Bartimaeus in the Midst of Endless War: Nonviolence as the Gift of Sight (When asked for his response to the Paris bombings, Pope Francis replied: “World War III. …piecemeal.”) by Suzanne Belote Shanley This morning at Agape during our 7:30 morning prayer, we were confronted by our despair and grief over the coordinated carnage […]

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  • College of the Holy Cross, Rural Immersion Program, October 2015

    Students from Holy Cross spending a week in work and retreat, immersing themselves in the contemplative life at Agape Community.  Working, Studying, in Prayer, and in Celebration.

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  • Alden Poole, Member of Agape’s Mission Council, WWII Vet, Veterans for Peace, Ailanthus Rest in Peace, October 17, 2015

    Alden Poole, Rest in Peace, October 17, 2015 Our beloved Alden, approaching age 90 on Oct. 31st has departed this world, leaving us grief-stricken, but not bereft. I first met Alden at Simmons College in 1978, after Alden and his wife Janet’s long association with Ailanthus: A Nonviolent Witness for Peace began, leading to several […]

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  • Saint Francis Day 2015 Recap

    Gratitude to the many friends and supporters who turned out for a fantastic annual Saint Francis Day!   Building and Sustaining Nonviolent Communities: What is Our Future   Keynote: Michael Baxter Michael J. Baxter holds a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Duke University, a M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Allegheny College. […]

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  • Keeping It Real – Review of The Many Sides of Peace by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy

    “I suffer from a shrinking heart,” I confessed to the priest, and I was not referring to a bizarre physiological condition. It was summer, a tough season for me, an inner-city Catholic Worker. The isolating cold of winter had passed, and the chaos of my neighbors’ lives tumbled out onto front stoops and into the […]

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  • TEDx – Brayton Shanley: Who Are We and How Are We to Live in this World?

    Agape co-founder Brayton Shanley was invited to give a TED talk at the George School in Newtown, PA on June 13th, 2015. Brayton’s talk, entitled, “Who Are We and How Are We to Live in this World?” was addressed to an audience of more than 200 attendees, who gathered to explore the question of “What […]

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  • Witness: Veterans for Peace Against the Death Penalty – By Joe Kerbartas

    I am a member of the Pax Christi, Veterans for Peace, Peace Action and South Boston Residents for Peace. On March 4, 2015, the Trial of Dzhokhkar Tsarnaev, for the Boston Marathon Bombing began, the first time a death penalty could be imposed in Massachusetts since 2001. The last use of the death penalty was in […]

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  • Witness: Faith in Action in Palestine-Israel: Reflections from an Innocent Abroad – By Skip Schiel

    Based on my current work in Palestine-Israel, March thru May 2015, my view of the situation depends on my location. If in Israel, I do not notice the occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza, nor does most of the population. If noticed, the Israeli Jewish citizens and the leadership largely support the injustice—95% […]

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