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  • Join Our Lenten Retreat: Loving Life on the Margins, Finding Our Prophetic Voice

    Dear Friends of Agape, We hope that you are in the gospel mode as we follow the life of Jesus in these beginning days of Lent as we see the crucified Jesus in our lives more compellingly every day. Please consider joining us for our: LENTEN VIRTUAL RETREAT SPONSORED BY

  • 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

  • St. Francis Day 2020 Recap

    On October 3, 2020, Agape Community celebrated our 31st annual (and first ever virtual) St. Francis Day. The event was titled “Becoming Anti-Racist to Build Beloved Community During COVID-19 and the 2020 Election.” It consisted of a morning session, an afternoon small group discussion, and an open mic. During the

  • 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,

  • Agape Community Servant Song

    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

  • 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

  • Loving Life on the Margins • the story of the Agape community

    40 years of Community, Resistance, Nonviolence and Sustainability. Read "Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community" available now! Order online from our website or download an order form to purchase by mail. The book covers the life of its co-founders, Suzanne and Brayton...

  • “Escaping the Final Pandemic” by Dean Hammer

    Escaping the Final Pandemic By Dean Hammer ’78 M.A.R. The spiritual “Let My People Go” rises from deep inside of me during these days preceding the celebration of Passover. Moses follows God’s instruction to confront Pharaoh’s domination of the Israelites. Moses’ chutzpah and prophetic imagination galvanize a liberation movement. Pharaoh

  • Katya’s Family Visits Agape for the First Time

    Our intern, Katya’s family visited Agape this past week. Brayton gave them a tour of St. Francis, St. Brigid House, and the garden before we enjoyed a nice lunch together where we learned about the Portuguese Island of Madeira, where Katya’s family on her mother’s side, is from. The visit

  • A Blessed Visit and Reflection

    Sr. Melina Pellerin SSJ and Just Faith member, Cheryl Moynahan, visited Agape together for a rousing conversation on race matters in Springfield, MA.   Sr. Melinda also shared the following reflection: Joseph, the father, the disenfranchised, the refugee, the dreamer. In my living room, above my flat screen television is

  • A New Friend Joins Agape for Retreat

    “Mikey” came to Agape for a silent retreat, through Agape’s relationship with Sr. Jane Morrissey and The Peace Pagoda.  He joined us for morning prayer, blessed the hermitage and its sacred presence with his great vibes, and offered stunning commentaries on how Jesus claimed his life.  The hermitage is made

  • Family in a Van: A Wild Adventure Still Unfolding

    When Brayton got the initial phone call from Courtney Hayes-Jurcheck, that she and her husband John Jurcheck, both 41 years of age, who, with their sons, Luca, 5 and Oliver, 9 were traveling to farm and WWOOFING sites in a 1987 Vanagon, we were excited about their romantic, counter-cultural adventure. 

  • Life Springs Up Again at Agape

    We are planting in the garden! The energy and excitement of our “no-till” seeding comes through in these photos. The straw came from Agape member Dixon George’s family homestead in Spencer, MA. Ann Garvey came from Winchester, MA to retreat and helped in the garden too.  

  • At Last, Hay for the Garden!

    Last week, Brayton, Dixon, and Katya (our intern currently staying at Agape), and with the assistance of our friend Jerry and his car trailer, made a trip out to Dixon’s childhood home in Spencer, MA to get some much needed hay for the garden. There they met up with Dixon’s

  • Recording of “Embodying Eco-Justice at Freedom Farm: A Conversation with Edgar Hayes”

    Please enjoy this video of a recent event facilitated by the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College, featuring Agape Mission Council members Edgar Hayes and Jim Robinson. On February 24, 2021, Professor Silmilly Toribio hosted “Embodying Eco-Justice at Freedom Farm: A Conversation with Edgar Hayes” in her

  • Join us on Zoom for Brigid Night (2/13) at 7:00pm!

    Please join us on Zoom for Agape’s Annual St. Brigid Night Mid-winter Celtic feast of Poetry, Prayer and Song, celebrating St. Brigid of Kildare Saturday, Feb.13th, 7:00 pm                     Please join our zoom gathering. There is no need to register in