Agape Community: 40 Years of Nonviolence, Simple Living & Sustainability

Please join the Boston College Library of Ministry and Theology in welcoming Suzanne and Brayton, who will comment on and read from their co-authored book, Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community in a conversation facilitated by Thomas H. Groome, BC School of Theology and Ministry Professor of Theology and Religious Education. The book details how the extended Agape Community members built the community from the ground; built a straw bale house with a compost toilet; power the entire community on solar energy and continue to offer courses and programs on peacemaking for college students.

Thomas Murphy, a PhD candidate in BC’s School of Theology and Ministry will introduce Suzanne and Brayton by suggesting several key ways that the witness of the Agape Community manifests aspects of Catholic social teaching. Relatedly, the community’s linking of simple sustainable living and commitment to the poor will be explored as a practical expression of integral ecology, as found in Laudato Si’ and recently renewed in the 2019 Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. The manner in which the Agape Community takes up the long tradition of a prophetic, gospel-based response by the lay faithful to our troubled world will also be highlighted.

The evening will also feature a chance for questions and answers and some dialogue with the speakers, also facilitated by Professor Groome. Learn about steps your might take to live in closer accord with nonviolent love, radical simplicity, and sustainable living in your own life.

Presentation will take place in the Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium.