• Ecology and Religion – by John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker

    What might be the contribution of religions to the long-term flourishing of the Earth community? If Earth’s life support systems are critically endangered, as the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment Report suggests; if climate change is diminishing the prospect of a sustainable future, as the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate

  • A Vital Conversation: Integrating Ecology, Justice and Peace On Agape’s 32nd Anniversary – by Suzanne Belote Shanley

    At first we thought only of disaster for our annual St. Francis Day event as forecast after forecast of steady rain, forced us to set up three huge tents for people and food on the dark and overcast St. Francis Day, October, 2014. The rain held off only intermittently. It

  • Must We Not Kill? – by Brayton Shanley

    Outrage at the bombing of ISIS is in short supply these past months.  There must be strong compliance in this absence of opposition.  One can almost hear the unstated logic: “Certain monsters have to be stopped and quickly.”  Like the Taliban, ISIS fighters are Islamic extremists who threaten, intimidate, torture

  • Statement on Nonviolence & Healing re: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    For over 25 years, Agape has co-sponsored Stations of the Nonviolent Cross, in front of Boston’s State House, with a strong emphasis on the Death Penalty, which Jesus suffered and about which he spoke eloquently:  “Do Not Kill”  As the jury selection and trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev is in full

  • It Runs In the Family: On Being Raised By Radicals by Frida Berrigan

    by Frida Berrigan Once, when my husband Patrick was a kid, he and all his friends were sitting under a big table in a circle. They were talking in emphatic and verbose gibberish—each taking a turn and getting more and more animated as they went along. Finally, one of the

  • A Mystic Journey in the Everyday Life at Agape - by Angela Cacciarru

    A Mystic Journey in the Everyday Life at Agape – by Angela Cacciarru

    When I arrived at Agape Community, on September 13th, the first thing that I noticed was the vegetable garden, with its almost circular shape, and located in a central position, between the houses and the trees. I thought that the garden was more than a choice: it was a statement

  • (Stop) “Talking ‘bout My Generation” – by Patrick Cage

    During my stay at Agape in August, Brayton and I talked frequently about my generation, The Millennials, and the way that we are depicted in the media. Open almost any periodical these days, and you will run across an op-ed critiquing the Millennial Generation. These op-eds attribute millennials with being:

  • Reflection at the Reservoir By Anthony Yakley

    It was grey and cold that morning walking up to the Quabbin Reservoir. We progressed in perfect silence, a walking meditation. It was only when we reached the reservoir itself that I broke the silence with a hushed “Wow”. In front of me, spanned miles upon miles of placid water,

  • Thee Days without Technology by Matthew Dyer

    The Elms College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams spent three days at the Agape Community in late August, put together through the assistance of Elms College Campus Ministry for a combination of reflection, community service, and team bonding, all while learning about sustainable living and living in peace. Morning

  • Hermitage Time By Jerrod Oltman

    The Hermitage is slow time. It’s a time that isn’t rushed. There are no clocks to check every five seconds, nor are there errands to run and food to cook all the time. There is just you and God and whatever emotional and spiritual baggage you decided to drag up