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    Eradicating Racism: Transforming Human Hearts

    by Fr. Warren Savage The racial tension and unrest in Minneapolis and other major cities across the country and the COVID-19 pandemic have only exposed the real pandemic that has infected this nation for four centuries, the pandemic of racism and hatred. At the moment, my energies are devoted to comforting families that have lost […]

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    Death Sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Reversed on July 31, 2020

    Note:  Agape’s witness Against the Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be found in the chapter, “Judy and Dzhokhar” of the Agape co-founders’, Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley’s, memoir: Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community.    Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev was convicted of terrorism in planting pressure cooker bombs at […]

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    In Memoriam

    Patricia Shanley. Brayton’s sister, died on April 22, 2020 of cancer.  Since the inception of Agape in 1982, Trish was a generous supporter of the community and a friend to many Agape folks.  A stalwart advocate for Christian Nonviolence and the social justice values of Agape and the reform movement within the Catholic Church, Call […]

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    National Catholic Review on Agape’s Legacy Book: Loving Life on the Margins

    What happens when you live life ‘horizontally, not vertically’ Order The Book Today! Aug 19, 2020 by Bill Mitchell Brayton and Suzanne Belote Shanley at Agape Community’s St. Francis Day event in October 2019 (David Legg) LOVING LIFE ON THE MARGINS: THE STORY OF THE AGAPE COMMUNITY By Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley 336 pages; […]

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    Workday 2020 Recap

    They came, all five of them, and a new intern, Adam, along with Olivia and Teresa and our handyperson, devoted and ever-present, Mike. Fourteen year old Isaac drove his tractor here with his grandfather, and the day was full of distancing bliss. We are so grateful…second set to come… Agape team

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  • David Tall Pine White

    “We will teach our Indigenous Ways At the University of the Wild” David “Tall Pine” White, Nipmuc Language Keeper Special Message from the University of the Wild at Earthlands in Petersham, MA, on the passing of David Tall Pine White, Nipmuc Language Keeper, cultural protector, educator, and wise counsel.            On […]

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  • Agape Legacy/Lineage Book Tour: Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community

    With our plans for an ongoing travel with Agape’s new book, Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community, we named the tour, “The Agape Legacy Book Tour: 42 Years of Building Nonviolent ” and kicked off the late winter, into spring phase of the tour on Feb. 24th at St. Susanna’s […]

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  • Words, Wordlessness and Coping with Despair

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley – The cascade of global and national catastrophes is so devastating that we hear repeatedly on newscasts phrases such as “There are no words to describe Yemen.”  Nevertheless, a human rights official managed to locate a few: “Hell on earth for millions of children…starving and in jeopardy.” Wordlessness yields to words as collectively we struggle to give language to misery and innocent suffering.  “Every ten minutes, a child dies in Yemen.” Imagine if we in the US heard: “Millions of American children in Boston are near starvation.” It would never happen. Why is this? What do we need to comprehend about the privilege of white, western protection from indiscriminate use of our first world bombs on other people’s children?

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  • Solar is Agape’s Sole Power

    As of June 2018, both of the houses and the electric car at Agape run solely on solar power. In 1999, Agape began its commitment to solar energy when the community built the Straw Bale House with five solar panels, providing a fraction of that house’s energy demands. In 2011, the community upgraded to a four kilowatt […]

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  • Annual Agape Workday June 2018

    This year’s Work Day included a memorial to Pat Tracy, who, before his passing last fall, had come to every Work Day to drive groups of students, serve refreshments, haul wood nonstop, and make everyone laugh. Friends of this “Agape pillar”, as Brayton and Suzanne described him in a tribute in last winter’s Servant Song, came from Long […]

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