Upcoming Events

Agape Spiritual Community, a gathering of contemplative activists serving the heart of Waltham, has chosen to suspend in-person gatherings of all kinds throughout the end of 2020.  In line with our belief in a radical hospitality that welcomes all, we have chosen not to return to physical in-person worship or gathering together until we can develop a careful and thorough plan that will protect everyone.  We will send another update about moving forward in mid-December.  Sunday Worship Services, Thursday Meditations, and intermittent gatherings will continue online as planned. Our schedule is detailed on this website.  See the full "Phasing Forward" letter here
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 :)            

Agape Virtual Events and Actions, open to ALL:  

Agape Outdoor Retreat Service:
"Peak Spiritual Experiences"
Sunday, October 17 at 2:45 p.m. 
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493
You can also join us virtually at this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Every peak experience on the spiritual path, no matter how small or grandiose, is a gift from God.  Come reflect together on the "peak" experiences on the spiritual path that have changed our lives for the better.
For this outdoor retreat service, if you are fully vaccinated, it is your choice whether or not to wear a mask for our gathering.  If you are not fully vaccinated (i.e. two weeks after your last shot), we ask that you please wear a mask during our get together.  If we move indoors for any reason, masks are required for everyone except while eating or drinking.

Meditation, Energy Tools, and the Levels of Consciousness  
led by Rev. Matt Carriker
4-week program Tuesday nights
You can still join the last three series if you missed 10/5.  To join, register here.
October 5, October 26 (10/26 will be all virtual), November 16, and December 7
7:30pm-8:45pm in person (in Waltham) or via Zoom

These small groups will include sharing and practice of energy tools such as affirmations, directing energy upward, visualizations, and clearness committees, as well as an introduction to the three levels of consciousness and how that is reflected in our meditation practice.  

Break the Silence: A Night for Hope and Healing
IN RECOGNITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Waltham Common
5:30-7:00
Please wear a mask and respect social distancing to keep the gathered group safe.  Download the flyer here.
Sponsored by The Waltham Ministerial Association In Partnership with REACH Beyond Domestic Violence.

Agape “Filling Your Cup” Retreat:
“Discerning God’s Will Together”
Saturday October 30, 10am-3pm
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493
Come join us for this day-long in person retreat as we explore what it means to discern God’s will together.  If the weather cooperates, we plan to stay outside.  Please bring your own lunch (there is a refrigerator, oven, and microwave there).  You are welcome to bring individualized snacks or drinks to share.  At this retreat, we will have time to sing, meditate, walk the labyrinth, and engage in a "clearness committee" together.
For the outdoor portion of our retreat, if you are fully vaccinated, it is your choice whether or not to wear a mask for our gathering.  If you are not fully vaccinated (i.e. two weeks after your last shot), we ask that you please wear a mask during our get together.  If we move indoors for any reason, masks are required for everyone except while eating or drinking.  

Virtual Messy Church & Agape Trivia 
Sunday, November 7th
4pm for Messy Church
4:30pm for Agape Trivia 
Join us virtually at this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Messy Church (via Zoom) at 4pm is for younger kids and the grownups who love them- crafts, and a spiritual story.  At 4:30pm, the entire Agape community will gather together for a fun trivia game!  Let Matt know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) one fun trivia fact about yourself, in two sentences or less. 

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Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat
Initiating Inspiration book group
Monday, November 15, 2021 at 7-8:30pm
Tentatively on Zoom (because of covid)
Download the flyer here.
Initiating Inspiration is a book group partnership with Agape Spiritual Community and the Waltham Public Library
Join us for a conversation about Edwidge Danticat's book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.  We will be joined by guest Pastor Thomas Saint-Louis, the founding Pastor of the Haitian-American New Covenant Church in Waltham.

 Agape Retreat Style Service
Sunday, Nov. 21st at 4pm
First Parish, 50 Church St., Waltham
Details coming soon!

Agape Retreat Style Service: Contemplation and Action
with guest speaker Denson Staples
Saturday December 4th at 4pm
(date and time awaiting confirmation)
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493

Agape Christmas Service
Sunday, December 19 at 4pm
First Parish, 50 Church St., Waltham
Come celebrate Hope, Peace, Joy and Love with your Agape friends!

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/