• Voices: Notes from the Agape Community

    In Memoriam: Nina Anderson Nina, long time Agape friend, supporter, and neighbor died November 13th after a long illness with cancer. Nina was a mystical soul who expressed her spiritual vision through her poetry. With her long-departed soul-friend poet Rich Bachtold, Nina and Rich were twin stars shining a mystic light on Agape. Nina attended […]

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  • Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Update

    Agape continues to stand in solidarity with the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 and the death-dealing weapons that these systems produce and employ. With our plowshare friends, we renew our commitment to the nonviolent Jesus in his resistance to the systems of domination. As prisons continue to be hotbeds for COVID-19 transmission, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, […]

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  • Agape Community Servant Song Winter 2021. Artwork by D Roberts Kirk

    Pro-Death Catholics and the Racist Death Penalty

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley Today is the second day of Advent, and I have just completed reading two women friends’ mystical writing, one a poet, Denise Levertov, another a mystic, environmentalist woman priest of the Episcopal Church, Margaret Bullit-Jonas. Denise’s poetry matches the 6 a.m amazement as I look out the kitchen window in Brigid […]

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  • Conversation with a Trump Supporter on Election Day. Jack (left) Brayton (right)

    Conversation with a Trump Supporter on Election Day

    by Brayton Shanley About six of us from Agape made our way to the Ware High School on November 3rd where the locals were voting. What we found there took our breath away: Ten or so Trump supporters standing steamroller strong along the road leading into the polling place, wildly waving their American flags and […]

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  • Corona Virus as Teacher

    by Brayton Shanley It has been six long months since Covid 19 arrived and began to shut the country down, bringing the mighty to their knees and the world’s economic and social life to a halt.  With some states opening prematurely, we are experiencing a second wave, with over 39 states reporting increases in the […]

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  • Irony and Perspective in Corona Times

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley As I walk to St. Francis House, I turn to the garden, just as the sun rises above the lush rows of broccoli, kale, lettuce, and all things green. The sun sheds her shining golden light over the sleeping clusters of green, stretching in anticipation of the day.    The dense […]

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  • Are You Willing to Become an Anti-Racist? by Edgar Hayes

    by Edgar Hayes While walking down the streets of NYC, I witnessed with ease how other peoples’ conscious or subconscious thoughts played out before me.   I cannot recall when I became of age or when I became aware of my “place” in society.  I thought I was obscure, invisible, undetected, yet time and time again, […]

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    We Demand Change Now. An interview with Julie Bradey

    In this interview with Brayton Shanley, Julie Bradley shares her unique experience as a bi-racial daughter of a white mother and a black father, who grew up with her four siblings in various housing developments and projects in the Boston area. Julie and her family have been a part of the Agape Community for forty […]

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  • COVID-19, Environmental Racism, and the Legacy of Dr. James Cone

    by Jim Robinson Throughout the spring and summer of 2020, the radical evil of systemic racism and the death-dealing impact of COVID-19 have occupied the center of our collective consciousness. After the brutal and callous murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police on May 25, 2020, masked protesters have come out of lockdown to fill […]

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  • Harmony with the Cycles of Nature

    by Merwyn DeMello My wife, Kirstin and I, returned to the US in March, after a six-year span of service with Mennonite Central Committee in Afghanistan and Bangladesh.  We then embarked upon a pilgrimage, seekers of intentional community in which to live and love with over the next years. Agape Community was the first stop […]

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