Upcoming Events

SKids are welcome at Agape dinner church & services!  Our services are intentionally intergenerationally friendly for kids.  Several adults are present during services to supervise preschool and elementary school youth in doing art and other faith formation projects.  Children are welcome to participate as much as they desire in the services themselves.  Each service has a "Children's Moment" for kids :)              

Agape Dinner Church
Sunday, February 9th at 4:30pm
Intercultural Center, Brandeis University
415 South St. Waltham, MA 02453

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm
Harlan Chapel, Brandeis University
415 South St. Waltham, MA 02453
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent as Christians prepare for the joy of the resurrection at Easter!

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Self-Care and Stress Reduction
February 13th and 27th
7:15-8:45pm
Waltham Public Library 
735 Main St, Waltham, MA 02453
Led by Matt Carriker and Vivekanand Vimal
Come to this two-part introductory series to:
● Develop an ability to pay non-judgmental awareness to the present moment, as well as experience a diversity of skills and practices to aid in this skill
● See the relevance and necessity for mindfulness (in its varied expressions), particularly as it relates to reducing stress and taking care of one’s self
● Through mindfulness practice, and integrating practices from the “Tree of contemplative practices”, learn to foster calm, better concentration, and more openness.  
● Learn how to be kinder to ourselves and others, more confident, and less judgmental.
● Reflect on how to integrate mindfulness into our daily and weekly rituals.

Addicted to Hurry" retreat Rev. Dr. Kirk Jones
Saturday April 25th
9:30am to 4pm at the Congregational Church of Weston
Agape applied for and received a small, non-competitive grant for 2020 from Matt's participation in the Foundations of Christian Leadership program through Duke Divinity and the Lilly Endowment.  This small grant was to address a "pressing need for innovation in your context."  What Agape has gotten approval to focus on is: "In our changing culture of church, how can Agape Spiritual Community build off the current momentum and cultural interest in retreats in its common life and services?"

As a team, Agape Spiritual Community has identified taking time during 2020 through the Leadership Education Innovation Grant to dive deeper into the question, "How can we make our services and events more retreat-like?" and “How can Agape integrate the style of retreats into our worship services and community life?”  One of the things we are planning to do as part of this is a spring 2020 retreat.  We will also be having other conversations with different people in 2020 that we hope you all will be a part of, including our first conversation with the Crossing February 6th.

Rev. Dr. Kirk Jones was Matt's favorite seminary professor at Andover Newton.  He has agreed to lead the afternoon of our Saturday retreat for Agape in spring 2020 to reflect on his book "Addicted to Hurry."  Part of what makes retreats special is the sacred, mindful pace.  Kirk will help us reflect on and practice how can we go at a Sabbath pace (as we do in retreats) both in our individual lives, and in our services/communal life.  As part of our grant, we will purchase copies of the book for Agape partners to read beforehand.
 
Directions to Intercultural Center at Brandeis: 
When you enter the campus through the main entrance, take a right up the hill to Upper Campus. You will see signs directing you to the Intercultural Center (ICC), close to Campus Police and Public Safety.  Park wherever you can find a spot close to the ICC.  There are spots on the loop road.  If you take a right at Public Safety, followed by an immediate left down a hill, you’ll find a parking lot near the ICC with ample parking.  A map of campus can be found here: http://my.brandeis.edu/map/
Directions to Harlan Chapel at Brandeis University: Enter the campus through the main entrance, and take a right up the hill on the Loop Road onto Upper Campus. You will see signs directing you to the Chapels.  Keep following the loop road until you see the Chapels on the left hand side of the road.  The chapels will be after you pass the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex on the right and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management on the left.  Of the three chapels, Harlan Chapel is the first chapel on the left side off loop road, and is the chapel closest to the road.  Park wherever you can find a spot close to the Chapels on the loop road.  A map of the Brandeis campus can be found here: http://my.brandeis.edu/map/
At Agape, we welcome your whole self, and invite you to bring your mind AND heart, body and spirit!
Agape has life-giving "Filling Your Cup" small groups.  These groups include a number of spiritual practices found here
For more information, contact Rev. Matt Carriker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 774-270-2185
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