• Creative, Resilient Ways to Create Community

    by Stellan Vinthagen I am preoccupied with the contradiction between potential of “people power” and the state of the world today, and am therefore focused on how we can learn from each others’ experiences—both successes and failures—to build on these experiences together. When visiting Brazil, I was inspired by landless

  • Dixon George

    Finding My Way Home

    by Dixon George I have lived at the Agape Community for almost five years and have been unable to produce an account of this time for this publication. Gentle prodding has had no effect at removing whatever blockage has been stopping me. Recently, however, I was asked if I would

  • Celebrating 30 Years of St. Francis Day

    Agape Co-founders Introduce the Day by Nancy James Steve and I are grateful to be here to celebrate 30 years of Francis Days, on this beautiful, sunny, chilly fall day, with trees still filled with green leaves and a few turning gold and red. Many willing hands helped to set

  • Contemplative Surrender and Prophetic Resistance

    by Jim Robinson We gather at Agape today as a community enmeshed in an eco-crisis that is simultaneously a social crisis and a spiritual crisis. The essence of the crisis is broken relationships. We find ourselves in ruptured relationality with the divine, the human community, and the more-than-human world. Our

  • Holy Cross Students Eliza and Charlotte Splitting Wood at the Hermitage

    Wrapped in Hope: College of the Holy Cross at Agape

    by Samantha Leuschner College students in America face unprecedented challenges these days. From increasing tuition costs, mounting student debt, elevated levels of depression and anxiety, endless war, political instability, and of course devastating climate change, young people in college face an unparalleled reality. How does a 20-year-old grasp these realities?

  • The Memorial Tree Pilgrimage: A Walking Tour of the Agape Story

    by Dave Perkins Over the past 20 years, members of the Agape Community have planted thirteen trees at the edge of the woods or in the circle in front of St. Francis House. Each tree memorializes a particularly poignant moment in the life of the community. During the early stages

  • From Left - Suzanne, Catriona Kennedy, Frances Crowe, and Sharon Daly at Westover Air Base

    Frances Crowe: In Memoriam

    by Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belote Shanley We met Frances at an Ailanthus retreat in Boston in 1982 when Paul Hood, a key member of our peace and resistance group Ailanthus, invited her to give an afternoon talk on her peace activism. Paul said Frances was an amazing force for

  • Primal Mother

    by Betsy Azarowski The valley spirit never dies; It is the woman, primal mother. Her gateway is the root of heaven and earth. It is like a veil barely seen. Use it, it will never faith. –Lao Tsu Tao, Te Ching On a cold, November night, we turned into the

  • Voices

    Dialog on Abortion Your letter is truly written in the spirit of St. Francis. You laid to rest my concerns that Agape ignores the scourge of abortion on the unborn, women, and all of society. As you well know, violence has a ripple effect, diminishing the sanctity of all human