• 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 next night, John, Courtney, Oliver […]

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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 often see how easy it […]

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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 that fit just right. Dressed […]

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  • Oppression Olympics

    by Nicole Brathwaite-Hunt My perspective is kind of unique, being a mixed-race person and actively operating in that.  I am not just living from my Indigenous side, but I am also a ceremonial person, a practitioner of sweat lodges and Sundance.  These different ceremonial pieces make up my Native being and walk. I have ceremony, […]

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  • Indigenous Peoples’ Lead Us

    by Brenna Cussen-Anglada The farm I live on in community at St. Isadore Catholic Worker, where towns and the surrounding cities are on the ancestral and traditional lands of the Meskwaki and Ho Chunk from which they were forcibly removed after the land was stolen by White colonizers. We Christians don’t have a great track […]

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  • The Transformative Power of Faith

    by James Robinson As we come together for this digital retreat during a global pandemic, we find ourselves in a context of crisis. In fact, we find ourselves in an atmosphere thick with the intersection of multiple social and environmental crises, an atmosphere so thick it sometimes seems difficult to see, so thick it sometimes […]

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  • Joseph, the father, the Disenfranchised, the Refugee, the Dreamer

    by Sister Melinda Pellerin ssj In my living room, above my flat screen television is the artist Lara James’s beautiful picture of St. Joseph dreaming. Dreaming is a lot like entering into a prayer, a reflection, and the heart of God’s communication with each of us.  Dreams are ways in which God enters our thoughts […]

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  • Family in a Van: A Wild Adventure Still Unfolding

    We were excited when we got the initial phone call from Courtney Hayes-Jurcheck and her husband John Jurcheck, both 40, who were traveling across the country with their sons, Luca, 5 and Oliver, 9.  They left their home in Denver to volunteer on farms and WWOOFing sites living in a 1987 Vanagon. They wanted their […]

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  • Daunte Wright… Say His Name

    The day after Daunte Wright was killed by a Minneapolis policewoman Agape folks travelled to our customary protest vigil station in downtown Ware at Veterans Park.   We came to protest the killing of Daunte and support his family, the Black Community in Minneapolis and indeed the entire Black Community through the United States as […]

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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 this zoom, in what poet […]

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