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    We Demand Change Now. An interview with Julie Bradey

    In this interview with Brayton Shanley, Julie Bradley shares her unique experience as a bi-racial daughter of a white mother and a black father, who grew up with her four siblings in various housing developments and projects in the Boston area. Julie and her family have been a part of the Agape Community for forty […]

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  • COVID-19, Environmental Racism, and the Legacy of Dr. James Cone

    by Jim Robinson Throughout the spring and summer of 2020, the radical evil of systemic racism and the death-dealing impact of COVID-19 have occupied the center of our collective consciousness. After the brutal and callous murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police on May 25, 2020, masked protesters have come out of lockdown to fill […]

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  • Harmony with the Cycles of Nature

    by Merwyn DeMello My wife, Kirstin and I, returned to the US in March, after a six-year span of service with Mennonite Central Committee in Afghanistan and Bangladesh.  We then embarked upon a pilgrimage, seekers of intentional community in which to live and love with over the next years. Agape Community was the first stop […]

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  • Racial Justice for the Indigenous People: Change the State Flag of Massachusetts

    by David Detmold Sometime in the middle of 2016 , as Native activists and their allies struggled through an emotionally charged series of public hearings to get across to our beleaguered school committee the gross iniquity of our high school – named after Captain William Turner, the leader of an infamous dawn massacre of Native […]

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  • Agape Mission Council Changes: Farewell to Skip Schiel and El Maclellan RSCJ

    Agape’s Mission Council is our lifeblood and advisory community which meets since the 1990’s at least four times a year to plan Francis Day and to consult on various aspects of Agape community life. The commitments of members are usually life-long, and so we were sad to see the retirement and departure from Mission Council […]

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    Intrepid: Our Call – by Sr. Rita Raboin SND

    by Sr. Rita Raboin SND In July, I was blessed with a seven-day retreat at Agape.  I am a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, having served 36 years in Northern Brazil with a return to the United States two years ago. I chose to stay in Agape’s small Hermitage on a hill about 400 […]

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    400 Years after 1620: Prayers for Seven Generations

    by Peter Blood In this 400th anniversary of the beginning of European settlement in the Northeastern U.S., two interfaith associations in Western Massachusetts are taking this opportunity to reflect and act towards justice for our Native sisters and brothers in our region. This concern was brought to us by Sr. Clare Carter of the New […]

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    Eradicating Racism: Transforming Human Hearts

    by Fr. Warren Savage The racial tension and unrest in Minneapolis and other major cities across the country and the COVID-19 pandemic have only exposed the real pandemic that has infected this nation for four centuries, the pandemic of racism and hatred. At the moment, my energies are devoted to comforting families that have lost […]

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    Death Sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Reversed on July 31, 2020

    Note:  Agape’s witness Against the Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be found in the chapter, “Judy and Dzhokhar” of the Agape co-founders’, Suzanne Belote Shanley and Brayton Shanley’s, memoir: Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community.    Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev was convicted of terrorism in planting pressure cooker bombs at […]

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    In Memoriam

    Patricia Shanley. Brayton’s sister, died on April 22, 2020 of cancer.  Since the inception of Agape in 1982, Trish was a generous supporter of the community and a friend to many Agape folks.  A stalwart advocate for Christian Nonviolence and the social justice values of Agape and the reform movement within the Catholic Church, Call […]

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