• Join Our Lenten Retreat: Loving Life on the Margins, Finding Our Prophetic Voice

    Dear Friends of Agape, We hope that you are in the gospel mode as we follow the life of Jesus in these beginning days of Lent as we see the crucified Jesus in our lives more compellingly every day. Please consider joining us for our: LENTEN VIRTUAL RETREAT SPONSORED BY

  • 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

  • St. Francis Day 2020 Recap

    On October 3, 2020, Agape Community celebrated our 31st annual (and first ever virtual) St. Francis Day. The event was titled “Becoming Anti-Racist to Build Beloved Community During COVID-19 and the 2020 Election.” It consisted of a morning session, an afternoon small group discussion, and an open mic. During the

  • 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,

  • Agape Community Servant Song

    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

  • 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

  • Loving Life on the Margins • the story of the Agape community

    40 years of Community, Resistance, Nonviolence and Sustainability. Read "Loving Life on the Margins: The Story of the Agape Community" available now! Order online from our website or download an order form to purchase by mail. The book covers the life of its co-founders, Suzanne and Brayton...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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