Upcoming Events

Kids 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 :)          
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Service
Monday, January 21st  9am-1pm
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center, 
Brandeis University
Honor and learn from the life and teachings of MLK Jr. Reflect on the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., pack meals for food pantries, and participate in social justice-themed discussions.  
RSVP: https://mlkbrandeis2019.eventbrite.com/  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/309322239912991/  

Agape Service: "Childlike Faith"
Sunday, January 27th at 5pm
50 Church St., Waltham
With special guest Rev. Dr. Sandras Barnes
The Reverend Dr. Sandras M. Barnes walks by faith and believes her life experiences have prepared her for this moment and time. With quiet confidence, stillness, patience, and courage she waits upon the LORD to direct her path as an educator, activist, and theologian. 
Her topic is Childlike Faith: Some children will trust in God until they are given reasons to not trust. Some children are given reasons to not trust very early in life but their faith in God is not shaken.   

Initiating Inspiration Book Group: How Will You Measure Your Life?
Monday, January 28th 7:15pm
Waltham Public Library
Agape, 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 next book is "How Will You Measure Your Life" by Clayton M. Christensen All are welcome whether you've read the book or not. Please reach out to the Library for book availability.
 
Agape Dinner Church
Sunday, February 10th at 5pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University415 South St., Waltham 02453A
gape dinner church includes upbeat and contemplative song, silence, prayer, a children's moment, spiritual reflection, communion, and dinner!  All are welcome as you are. 
 
Agape Retreat!
Saturday February 16th
9:30am to 3pm
Congregational Church of Weston130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493
We had so much fun at our first Agape retreat in the fall, we’re doing it again!  Our partner churches, the Congregational Church of Weston, has graciously agreed to let us use their space.  Come to bond, have fun, engage in spiritual practices, and deepen our community connection, as well as do some visioning for the future.  The retreat will include a potluck lunch.  We will meet in January to plan for this retreat.  Fill out this doodle if you’d like to be part of the planning:https://doodle.com/poll/sv5zbrbbqcr6avuc 
 
An Introduction to Love Small Group
Beginning February 2019
Four gatherings at 50 Church St.
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 weeks:
Week of March 11
Week of March 25
Week of April 8
 
Agape Ash Wednesday Service
Wednsday, March 6th at 7pm
Harlan Chapel, Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453
Ash Wednesday marks the start of 40 days Christians use to prepare for Easter and re-orient our lives towards God and the good of our neighbors.  This service will include the ritual of imposing ashes, a reminder to Christians of the preciousness and frailty of this life. 
 
Super Saturday - March 16, 2019
Location:  Minneachaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA
Featuring:  Rebekah AndersonEach spring and fall, the Massachusetts Conference UCC holds a Super Saturday event - a full-day of skill building, networking and discussing best practices.
Each event offers numerous workshops, a keynote address, worship, a marketplace of vendors and ideas and an opportunity for church leader
s, both clergy and lay, to network with one another. For more info:
 
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 

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 774-270-2185.  For info about Agape: www.agapewaltham.org 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.

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 Coffeehouse
Sunday, May 5th at 5pm
Intercultural Center (ICC), Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham 02453
Showcase your talents at our third annual Agape coffeehouse!

 

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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