• Stopping Short of Emmaus

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley Recently, I read a critique by Alexandra Fuller of memoir as a literary genre: “Most memoir material is best saved for the shrink’s couch. …In order to balance its innate narcissism, a memoir ought to instruct.”  I read these words at a time when Brayton and

  • Loving Life on the Margins: the Story of the Agape Community

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley Reviewed by Thomas Lee, PhD, retired professor, St. Anselm College Suzanne and Brayton Shanley’s compelling book, Loving Life on the Margins: the story of the Agape community goes far beyond a chronological record of the labor-intensive founding and nurture of Agape, their unique

  • For Future Agape Interns: 3 Things to Remember

    by Natalia Luna From March to May 2019, I lived and worked alongside Dixon, Brayton, and Suzanne as an intern at the Agape Community. Partially out of necessity and partially on a whim, I left my life as a student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and

  • New Beginnings … or … Spring Has Sprung

    Background: Nicole Braithewaite-Hunt, who was a major contributor, to the past two Francis Days, with her sisters and brothers in the Worcester Inter-Tribal Indian Center to the last two Francis Days at Agape is of Blackfoot and Tuscarora Native American lineage.  Nicole contacted Suzanne to see if Agape would host

  • Jail, an Unusually Noisy Monastery

    by Mark Colville A MARCH, 2019 LETTER FROM MARK COLVILLE FROM THE GLYNN CO. JAIL A member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, Mark turned himself back into the Glynn County Jail when on December 11th, 2019, after surgery in his home state of CT.  Judge Cheesbro accepted a motion

  • Michael True, a Tribute

    by David O’Brien Michael True, Worcester peacemaker, poet, historian, interfaith organizer, teacher of English and model Worcester citizen is gone. He passed away last week in Minneapolis where he and his wife, Mary Pat moved just a few weeks ago to join three of their six children who have settled

  • Sowing Seeds: Restoration Begins with Rest

    by Hannah Baker, College of the Holy Cross Restoration begins with a simple word, made up of four letters: rest. We see it in the spelling of the word, and we hear it in the pronunciation, but so often we completely overlook its presence in the larger word. More importantly,

  • Eduardo rallying a group of college students about DACA

    The Case of Eduardo Samaniego: Deported by ICE from South Carolina Eduardo had been scheduled to speak at Agape’s Francis Day, October 6, 2018 Background: When Gabriella della Croce, the lead organizer at Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Northampton, MA, had arranged for Eduardo Samaniego to speak about his undocumented

  • Voices

    When Great Trees Fall by Maya Angelou Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away, We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable

  • What others are saying about Loving Life on the Margins

    Arun Gandhi, founder, President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute “Reading the story of Agape I was reminded of my grandfather, Gandhi’s My Experiments with Truth, the story of how he transformed his life.  This book is a testament to the fact that what Gandhi did in India can be replicated around