Agape at a Glance

  • 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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  • Felipe Witchger Visits Agape

    Felipe Witchger is a long-time friend of Agape who participated in the first group of graduate students ten years ago, who comprised what they called themselves, The Creatively Maladjusteds. Felipe’s wife, Casey, went to Notre Dame, where they met. Casey was here for an internship sometime in her junior year.

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  • More Workday Photos!

    About 35 people joined Agape members for a memorable day with cords of wood work put up from our Agape trees as they sacrificed themselves for us. Skip Schiel captures in a series of photos:     We loved having the Just Faith Community for the 12th (or so) year

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  • Visit with Bobby and Jim

    This past Friday, June 19th, Agape was thrilled to welcome both Bobby Karle SJ, newly ordained Jesuit, and Jim Robinson, long-time member of Agape’s Mission Council (Advisory Board) for their weekend visit. They arrived mid-afternoon with bright smiles and open arms filled with joy and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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  • A Wonderful Work Day in the Books!

    Last Saturday, June 12th, Agape Community hosted our first large Work Day since the beginning of the Pandemic.  Support was strong as friends gathered from various places to help prepare the garden for the summer season as well as collect and split wood for this coming winter.  Despite the threat

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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.