Agape at a Glance

  • Communities of Love, Resistance and Constructive Work: A 12 min talk by Stellen Vinthagen

    Dr. Stellan Vinthagen, Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Stellan Vinthagen is a Professor of Sociology and a scholar-activist. Vinthagen is the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and

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  • The National Day of Mourning: A Necessary Call to Action

    Brayton and I joined well over 1000 people gathered in Plymouth, MA on November 25, 2021 to participate in the National Day of Mourning. The day was filled with impassioned talks by indigenous speakers describing the injustice and atrocities suffered by native peoples at the hands of white immigrants who

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  • Agape Garden Greens Continue to Grow in Snow

      It has already snowed several times here at Agape, yet the garden continues to offer fresh greens for salads. As we moved through the third week of Advent, picking and eating fresh greens was a source of joy. Imagine picking the collard greens pictured, walking inside, and adding them

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  • Light Shines in the Darkness

      by Tom Roepke FIRST IN-PERSON EVENT AT AGAPE SINCE COVID LOCK DOWN We felt the joy of gathering as a community on a Saturday evening, December 11th in Francis House.  While smaller in size, the evening marked a return to Agape’s in-person gatherings.  The whole evening had a special quality!

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  • Jurcheck Family Visit and Vigil in Boston

    The Agape Community grew this week not only in numbers, but also in smiles and vibrant, youthful energy. On Monday, July 12th, Steve and Nancy James, part of the original founding group of the Community, arrived in the evening just in time for a weekly Mission Council Zoom meeting. The

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  • Care for Creation

    The Catholic Social Justice Principles teaches us to Care for Creation.  The Bible itself says “humans are commanded to care for God’s creation (Genesis 2:15).  But what does it mean to care for God’s creation?  We, here at Agape, attempted to answer this question in a community discussion. Today, we

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  • Freedom Farm Visit

    What do you get when a chicken crosses the road to Freedom Farm? A lively weekend filled to the brim with love and laughter. Ann Rader, as well as their farm dog Teo, welcomed us warmly. Like a Freedom Farm fairy tale, Mallory and Louisa donned a pair of galoshes

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  • A Song Over the Land: Finding Our Prophetic Voice

    (A compilation of reflections offered by Agape co-founder, Suzanne Belote Shanley during the weekend Lenten Zoom Retreat sponsored by Mary’s House co-founders, Jim and Shelley Douglas, March 19-21.) The opening theme of this weekend’s retreat, “The Earth is Weeping” defines our collective pilgrimage together, close to 200 of us on

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Founded in 1982, The Agape Community is a lay Catholic residential community located on 32-acres of woodlands in Central Massachusetts.

The Agape vision is an alternative vision of peace with the Earth and its inhabitants through deeply sustainable practices, public witness, and advocacy for a world that is carbon threatened.

Ecumenical and interfaith in outreach and practice, we focus on daily prayer, evangelical simplicity, and nonviolent witness in the world.

Members of the community engage in actions against war, peace vigils, and non-cooperation with institutional and eco-violence. We attempt to bring an integrated vision of peace, social justice, and eco-theology to our gospel based nonviolent practice.