Ware, Massachusetts, United States
- Last updated: January 3, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Sustainability and Nonviolence with daily practice of prayer, contemplation and interfaith sharing. We stress community living with an accent on the arts and music, as well as travel to and involvement in other communities nationally and locally. We are supportive of Indigenous people and have had three yearly events focusing on listening: to Muslim Voices; to Native American Voices; to Voices of those suffering from Systemic Racism.
We accept volunteers for any length of time to work in our garden and assist with homesteading, including maintenance of our two buildings, St. Francis House and St. Brigid House (a straw bale house with solar energy and a composting toilet).
We welcome interns for stays of three months to a year. Currently, we are interested in a full commitment of nine months. We live on 32 acres of land in the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts.
We support ourselves through a nonviolent education ministry, donations and grants–which includes outreach to inner-city youths and adults–retreats, and other programs at the community. We host a variety of educational groups who are interested in sustainability.
We pray together, study Scripture of all faith traditions and witness out of this base against all forms of violence.
We welcome people who have a yearning for a community life based on prayer, simplicity, and nonviolence. No TV or commercial radio but lots of music and a definite love of art in all its forms.We have access to internet.
Those drawn to Agape will interact with hundreds of people throughout the year, including college students who attend Agape’s twice-yearly retreats. Office work, computer assistance, gardening, homesteading of all kinds, and public witness and outreach are a part of our lives, as is contact with children.
We publish a community journal, Servant Song, and we are interested in the links between sustainability, the arts and spirituality, as well as in resistance to war through simple lifestyle.
Our work includes attending vigils for peace and joining in protests, as well as organizing around issues of resistance to violence. We do all of our resistance in the spirit of nonviolence. Contemplation and action are underpinnings of our lives.
We are also beginning a search for a long-term intern who would be able to commit to more than a year of time. We are looking for someone who has community experience, as well as an interest and a background in sustainability and nonviolence. Please contact us for more information if interested.
- Status: Re-forming
- Started Planning: 1982
- Start Living Together: 1982
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.agapecommunity.org/
- Contact Name: Suzanne and Brayton Shanley
- Phone: 413-967-9369
- Community Address:
2062 Greenwich Rd
Ware, Massachusetts, 01082-9309
This Community is Re-forming
We are looking for young people in their 30’s to 40’s who are interested in building their own home on Agape’s 34 acres to come for apprenticeship and eventually take over the reins of the community through a group discernment process with our board and Mission Council.
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Two co-founders are the residents of one house, Brigid House. 12 people are in our Mission Council which is a vision sharing and decision making group for the community
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Residents can expect a small stipend for living expenses.
We cannot pay off college loans
We are open to people living near the community in the town of Ware or Hardwick and relating to the community on a daily basis.
No fee, but donations are always accepted as they are how we survive.
No regular donations expected.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: 100%
- Energy sources: Solar
- Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
- Current food produced: From 50-75%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: From 50-75%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
- Dietary Practice: Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
We are vegans and vegetarians, though special diets can be accommodated.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Roman Catholic
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Public Schooling
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Catholic Worker, Pax Christi USA; Traprock Peace and Justice;Nehemiah Community; Catholic Workers nationally and locally; Just Faith
nonviolence, peace, public witness, sustainability, organic gardening, eco-theology
Open to all; spiritual in practice and orientation. Nonviolence is the key to all interactions.