Position Title:  Associate Director of Events and Outreach

Overview:  Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community committed to antiracism, radical nonviolence, ecological living, contemplative prayer, in addition to practicing and nurturing nonviolent witness in the world.  Agape’s dwellings were built from the ground up, and consist of solar energy, compost toilet, and a large garden which nourishes the community and guests.  Agape is located on 34 acres of land in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed in Central MA, land first occupied by the Nipmuc Nation.

Agape’s co-founders, Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley are seeking a recent graduate of a Divinity School or a postgraduate program in Theology, Religious Studies, Environmental Theology/Sustainability, Peace and Justice, and related fields, for a commitment to engage in interreligious dialogue and collaboration.

Position Title and Related Duties:  The Associate Director of Agape Events and Outreach will work closely with the co-founders, Agape’s office manager, interns, and residents to develop in-person and digital events, including annual programs such as Advent Evening, St. Brigid Night, Stations of the Cross of Nonviolence, Easter Vigil.  The Associate Director will also assist in supervising summer interns who participate in wood gathering and gardening in preparation for winter.  Program development includes teaching nonviolence, leading group prayer and related discussions on nonviolent lineage from a spiritual and religious perspective.

The Associate Director will work on outreach to current and potential peace communities in collaboration with Agape which marks its 40th anniversary in 2022.  The Associate Director will bring your own unique gifts and talents into Agape’s communal efforts for living, teaching, and embodying nonviolent consciousness of Jesus, as you embrace sisters and brothers of other faiths and spiritual journeys.

Additional Tasks/Experiences:  You will participate in homesteading tasks, meal prep, daily communal prayer.  

Time Commitment and Stipend:  The Associate Director will commit to a 40-hour work week and will be compensated in the form of room, board, and a negotiated stipend based on individual need and length of time commitment.  Agape co-founders and staff seek a commitment of one year.

Submit Applications and address inquiries:  Please submit a cover letter, a resume and contact information with three references, one personal and two professionals, from former employers and/or former/current professors.

Please submit applications by June 15, 2022, by email or regular mail to:

Agape Community

2062 Greenwich Rd.

Hardwick, MA 01037

413-967-9369              [email protected]     www.agapecommunity.org

Office Assistant at Agape Community

Agape Mission Statement:  Members of Agape, permanent residents, interns, and volunteers, seek to create and to preserve a peaceful and nonviolent way of life.  As lay Catholics, Agape’s co-founders are grounded in the practice of the gospel nonviolent teachings of Jesus.  We are rooted in interfaith outreach and practice with members of other faith traditions.  We welcome all who are committed to a spiritual practice in their search for peace as well as racial, ethnic and gender inclusivity. 

Location: Hardwick, MA–6 miles from Ware Center, Ware, MA/40 min. from Amherst Center/30 min. from Palmer, MA

Hours: Part time (flexible schedule) Minimum 15 hours per week  

Rate: Starting at $20 per hour 

Office Assistant will report to and work with Agape’s Office Manager, both remotely and in person.  

Agape Office Assistant Responsibilities: 

  • Performs telephone reception in a courteous, professional manner. 
  • Responds to general inquiries via telephone, email, facebook and mail correspondence. 
  • Manages database management and record-keeping using excel. 
  • Promotes participation in yearly special events (e.g., Advent Celebration, St. Francis Day) preparing promotional flyers & bulk emails, making phone calls, assisting with bulk mail promotion


  • High school diploma, with some college education or vocational training preferred. 
  • Previous office experience including cloud-based software.  

Interview and Application ProcessPlease contact Agape by phone or email.  We will then set up a zoom or in-person interview with co-founders, Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley, as well as with the office manager.  Please consult the Agape website for further information.

Application Deadline:  Please submit resume at earliest convenience as we are beginning the hiring process for decision on the position by June 1st, 2022

Agape Community Inc. (501c3 religious, charitable non-profit)

2062 Greenwich Rd.

Ware, MA 01082

[email protected]


Summer Internships in Sustainability, Ecology, Nonviolent Spirituality and Education

The Agape Community, co-founded in 1982, is a residential, non-profit community/organization, with foundation principles rooted in education in peacemaking, nonviolence, living off the land (sustainability), the practice of meditation and contemplation as well as homesteading.

Summer Internship Advancing Core Mission of the Agape Community

  • Education in Nonviolence: Interns at Agape are involved with teaching and discussion of the core principles of nonviolence as they relate to conflict resolution, group sharing and living.
  • Agape’s education mission includes hosting individuals, colleges and universities throughout the year for programs of varying durations for immersion in Sustainability.  The Summer Interns at Agape assist in preparation for and participation in these experiences.
  • Agape Summer Interns assist with homesteading including preparing the large Agape Garden for organic vegetables that feed the community throughout the year, planting, harvesting and freezing them.
  • Maintenance of the community property is ongoing with preparation for the major event of the year sponsored by Agape, Francis Day, on Oct. 1st.
  • Interns assist with preparation of meals for the extended community and guests, learning about vegetarian cooking.
  • Interns may be asked to assist in the office with promotion of community activities.

Supervision and Support of Student Summer Intern


  • Students, with others in the community engage in a structured work day which consists of prayer, breakfast, work beginning at 9 to 12 noon, lunch prep, homesteading from 1:15 to 3:30; then prep for dinner and off in the evenings.  Unless there is a visiting group, interns have off for the weekend.
  • Students are supported by frequent check-ins with the supervisors and others in the community to ascertain if their experience meets their needs and expectations as well as those of the community.

Submit an intern application found on Agape’s website: www.agapecommunity.org/join-us/work-with-us under Internship Application.  Please call Agape for an initial in-take interview: 413-967-9369 and email [email protected] for further information including contact with former interns.