• Illustration by David Klein

    The Harmonizing Power of Dialogue – by Steve Tumolo

    Joe Biden wins But God’s peace steals our attention The people and the woods of Agape Invite us to be still. One in a hut, one in a hermitage, Our stay is too brief. Yet even a pause in the woods Can heighten our capacity to hear. The healing power of dialogue Takes root.   […]

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  • Notes on Books by our Friends

    The Risk of the Cross by Art Laffin We at Agape have been reading the new edition of The Risk of the Cross: Living Gospel Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age, by longtime friend Art Laffin. The Risk of the Cross is a powerful resource for communities committed to attuning to the heart and mind of […]

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  • The Splendor of Now – poem by Barry Winkelman

    Surrender to the splendor of the now Surround yourself with love’s serenity Suspend disbelief just for the moment Find peace within the chapel of your heart Part the narrow furrow of your thinking Seeding the same row every spring season Sow a different plot of untilled land Tie a bow in reason’s linear ribbon Look […]

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  • Voices: Notes from the Agape Community

    In Memoriam: Nina Anderson Nina, long time Agape friend, supporter, and neighbor died November 13th after a long illness with cancer. Nina was a mystical soul who expressed her spiritual vision through her poetry. With her long-departed soul-friend poet Rich Bachtold, Nina and Rich were twin stars shining a mystic light on Agape. Nina attended […]

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  • Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Update

    Agape continues to stand in solidarity with the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 and the death-dealing weapons that these systems produce and employ. With our plowshare friends, we renew our commitment to the nonviolent Jesus in his resistance to the systems of domination. As prisons continue to be hotbeds for COVID-19 transmission, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, […]

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  • 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 the kitchen window in Brigid […]

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  • Conversation with a Trump Supporter on Election Day. Jack (left) Brayton (right)

    Conversation with a Trump Supporter on Election Day

    by Brayton Shanley About six of us from Agape made our way to the Ware High School on November 3rd where the locals were voting. What we found there took our breath away: Ten or so Trump supporters standing steamroller strong along the road leading into the polling place, wildly waving their American flags and […]

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  • Corona Virus as Teacher

    by Brayton Shanley It has been six long months since Covid 19 arrived and began to shut the country down, bringing the mighty to their knees and the world’s economic and social life to a halt.  With some states opening prematurely, we are experiencing a second wave, with over 39 states reporting increases in the […]

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  • Irony and Perspective in Corona Times

    by Suzanne Belote Shanley As I walk to St. Francis House, I turn to the garden, just as the sun rises above the lush rows of broccoli, kale, lettuce, and all things green. The sun sheds her shining golden light over the sleeping clusters of green, stretching in anticipation of the day.    The dense […]

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  • 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, yet time and time again, […]

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