• 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...

  • Communities of Love, Resistance and Constructive Work: A 12 min talk by Stellen Vinthagen

    Dr. Stellan Vinthagen, Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance, Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Stellan Vinthagen is a Professor of Sociology and a scholar-activist. Vinthagen is the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and

  • The National Day of Mourning: A Necessary Call to Action

    Brayton and I joined well over 1000 people gathered in Plymouth, MA on November 25, 2021 to participate in the National Day of Mourning. The day was filled with impassioned talks by indigenous speakers describing the injustice and atrocities suffered by native peoples at the hands of white immigrants who

  • Agape Garden Greens Continue to Grow in Snow

      It has already snowed several times here at Agape, yet the garden continues to offer fresh greens for salads. As we moved through the third week of Advent, picking and eating fresh greens was a source of joy. Imagine picking the collard greens pictured, walking inside, and adding them

  • Light Shines in the Darkness

      by Tom Roepke FIRST IN-PERSON EVENT AT AGAPE SINCE COVID LOCK DOWN We felt the joy of gathering as a community on a Saturday evening, December 11th in Francis House.  While smaller in size, the evening marked a return to Agape’s in-person gatherings.  The whole evening had a special quality!

  • Servant Song Volume 31, No. 1 Winter 2022


  • 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