March 15, 2019
The words in Romans 8:38-39 tell us that we are loved.   Beyond that, we are loved so much that nothing, nothing can separate us from the Love of God.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, with the families and friends and kin of the forty-nine people who were killed while worshipping God together.  Each of those people are someone's child, someone's spouse, someone's parent, each a child of God.

Sometimes we feel helpless in situations such as these, we see suffering and we don't know how to help or how to stop it.  Sometimes we see suffering and we spring into action by working harder than ever on campaigns and fundraisers, on ways to ease the suffering.  No matter what you do, this suffering in the world is trying, it can be overwhelming, and even exhausting.

But light can be found even in the darkest places, and that light lives in each of us!  One of the ways we can respond is through prayer, through telling God our sadness, our anger, our brokenness. We also turn to each other, and we grieve together as we know we are not alone. Beyond the prayers and grief, we can donate,  we call on our friends who are Muslim and send messages of love and support. There are many tangible things we can do in this time.

One of Agape's greatest strengths is its diversity.  While we have roots in the Christian tradition, we honor the life-giving and soul nuturing authenticity of all faith traditions.  In light of the events in New Zealand, we are called to recommit ourseves to this interfaith work that recognizes all efforts to seek divine love among us.  For it is this divine love, which is of God, from God--that is more powerful than hate.  We know that love will win in the end.  We know that nothing can separate us from that Love.   

May it be so.

Dinner Church!
Join us this Sunday, March 17th at 5pm for Dinner Church.  We will meet at Brandeis ICC for intergenerational worship and dinner. 
Everyone is welcome.
Racial Justice Training
Sunday, March 24th and March 25th
March 24- 2pm to 8pm
March 25- 7pm to 9pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453 

Space is Limited and spots are filling quickly, please contact Matt to sign up!

For more information, contact Matt Carriker, or 774-270-2185.  


Agape Dinner Church
Sunday, March 17th at 5pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453

Agape dinner church includes upbeat and contemplative song, silence, prayer, a children's moment, spiritual reflection, communion, and dinner!  All are welcome as you are.
Initiating Inspiration Book Group
March 18th from 7:15-8:45pm
Waltham Public Library

Daring Greatly by Brené BrownAgape, in partnership with the Waltham Public Library, is leading a book group focused on inspirational, empowering, and spiritual readings. This group meets every other month. The March book is "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown. All are welcome whether you've read the book or not. Please reach out to the Library for book availability.Researcher and thought leader Brené Brown encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. Daring Greatly is about truth and trust, in our organizations, families, schools, and communities. She asks us to consider that vulnerability is necessary. When we show up and allow ourselves to be seen and heard, we are being vulnerable. We are daring greatly.

Racial Justice Training
Sunday, March 24th and March 25th
March 24- 2pm to 8pm
March 25- 7pm to 9pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453 
Sign up here to reserve your spot, as space is limited.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that "God created humankind in God's own image." Later in Genesis 1:31 the Bible says, "God saw all that was created, and it was very good." When we combine these two essential passages from Genesis, there is no basis for racism. Racial justice is a moral problem - it is a spiritual problem. Come and join in this 8-hour level one racial justice training, building off the 2-hour introductory training last June. This training is organized by Agape Spiritual Community, and led by trained facilitators in the Mass. Conference UCC.  All are welcome to attend, but space is limited. For more information, contact Matt Carriker, or 774-270-2185.  For info about Agape: Agape Spiritual Community's vision is to be a Multicultural, Multiracial community that makes God's love and justice real in Waltham and the world.

An Introduction to Love Small Group
Four gatherings at 50 Church St. Waltham
This Agape small group is centered around the book "Love: A Guide for Prayer" by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Sister Marie Schwan.  Our small group times will be a chance to dive deeply into spiritual practices, scripture, and individual reflection on our faith, while also meeting regularly for support, sharing, and prayer.  First gathering, including a brief introduction, will be the week of February 25. Let Matt your availability here for which weeknight works best for you.  We’ll meet first the week of February 25th, with our three gatherings the following days:
Monday March 11 from 7:15-8:45pm
Tuesday March 26 from 7:15-8:45pm
Monday April 8 from 7:15-8:45pm

Join us for Messy Church!  
Sunday, March 31st at 3:30pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University

A Lenten Messy Church for younger kids and the grownups who love them- 
crafts, snacks, and a Bible story.
A program of Agape Spiritual Community and the Eliot Church of Newton.
A Garden of Prayer”: A Contemplative Service
Sunday April 7 at 5pm
Guided by Linda Champion and Lynn Carriker
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453

Agape Easter Service
Sunday, April 21 at 5pm
Harlan Chapel, Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453

Come and celebrate Easter with Agape Spiritual Community.  Easter is the day Christians commemorate the resurrection of Christ.  Easter is a day to renew one's faith, and to remember that death and violence does not have the final word over life and love.

Agape 2018 events and directions are at this link:  

If you would like to make a love donation to support the unfoldment of Agape's vision in the world of living and spreading unconditional love, you can do so at the link below, or checks can be made out to "MACUCC" with "Agape" in the memo line (and mailed to 106 Stearns Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451).