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 summer 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-September.  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, open to ALL:

Action on the Waltham Common to Provide Support for Unhoused Persons
Action Postponed and re-imagined
Join us for an online assembly
Thursday, October 22, 5:30-6:30pm
Topic: What's the Plan for Winter? Online Action for Unhoused Waltham
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82647264754?pwd=cG9xcCtWUFhPS0UvR2pZNDNZRUJldz09

For the past month we've been building a coalition to support our unhoused community. We have made great strides, with over 16 endorsing organizations and 150 signatures on our letter, and an estimated fifty people signed up for Saturday's action. However, due to Covid increases in Waltham, we are postponing and changing our Saturday action. Instead, we will have a virtual Zoom assembly
on Thursday, October 22 from 5:30-6:30pm. We will be energized by stories and testimony from grassroots unhoused leaders, rallying cries for support by community leaders (including at least one City Councilor), and we will have the opportunity to make calls to City Hall to let Mayor McCarthy know that Waltham wants a plan for winter!

So far, the Mayor has been cold to our attempts to sit down with her and collaborate on a solution to the lack of bathrooms and winter shelter in Waltham (you can read about our early efforts
here). Even with the amazing contributions of the Community Day Center and First Parish Waltham in providing shelter, unhoused folks have limited daytime space and bathrooms during the week, and nothing available on the weekends. In other words, this remains a huge problem for Waltham - and the first day of frost is only three weeks away! We believe the Mayor will see the need to address these issues if we can show her that a broad coalition across the Waltham community supports a collaborative approach from the City. That means unhoused leaders, people of faith, business owners, nonprofit board members, City Councilors, grassroots activists, longtime Walthamites, and just about everybody else too!

This action is an attempt to demonstrate the strength of the growing community coalition behind these issues. It's only one hour on Zoom, but we need you to be there so we can make an impact. Can we get to 100 Waltham residents on that day? Fill out this
Google form to let us know you can make it, and spread the Facebook event. And remember to bring along one friend!

One other way to help our campaign is to create a short video explaining why you think it is important for unhoused people in Waltham to have bathrooms and indoor space. Use this
guide to help make your video and email it to Justi from Chaplains on the Way so we can use it in our campaign.  You can email Justi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

Agape Mindful Walk- CANCELLED because of rain
Saturday, October 17th
We'll reschedule for 2021 when the weather gets nicer. :)
 
Thursday Night Meditations
Our Thursday night Meditations will continue through December 2020.  Come, fill your spiritual cup in supportive, spiritual community!  Our next Agape Meditation is:
Thursday, October 29 7:15pm
Led by Carolyn Caissie
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Meeting ID: 204 337 7541

Agape Service: Why Are Retreats Powerful and Life-Changing?
With guest Ananda Minister Nayaswami Asha
Sunday, October 25th at 4:30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Asha is a lifelong disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. She studied and worked closely with his direct disciple,  Swami Kriyananda for 45 years.  Asha means “hope” in Sanskrit. Her teachings are non-sectarian — sharing the truths that underlie the great religions. She draws freely from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita in her teaching.  Asha’s video talks on YouTube and audio recordings are a spiritual lifeline for people of all faiths around the world. Thousands of students have been immeasurably helped by her unusual insight and clarity.   
 
Agape Virtual Retreat with special guests Rev. Dr. Kirk Jones and Rev. Dr. Leon Campbell!
Saturday, November 7th
Retreat schedule:
10:30am-12pm- Singing, Prayer, Community Check-ins
Rev. Dr. Kirk Jones presentation: "Addicted to Hurry"- 1:30-3pm, Saturday November 7th
Rev. Dr. Leon Campbell presentation 4:30pm-5:30pm November 7th
Virtually via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Kirk Jones will join our virtual retreat the weekend of November 7th.  One thing (among many) that people appreciate about retreats is the pace, which is quite slower from the hurried pace that we (and our culture) normally operate at.  If you haven't already gotten a copy of his book "Addicted to Hurry" that he will be speaking to us about, let Matt know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so he can send you one.
Dr. Campbell has been the Director of the Agape Youth and Family Ministry at Agape International Spiritual Center since November 2004.  Agape has one the largest spiritual youth communities in the country.  The ministry services over 1,000 children per month.  He has developed a comprehensive youth curriculum featuring original programming encompassing self-expression, creativity, spiritual practice, sacred rituals and service projects for youth of all ages.  You can read more about Dr. Cambpbell with his bio here.
 
Sunday, November 22- Agape Thanksgiving Service
  
Sunday, December 6- Agape Advent Service
4:30pm  
 
Sunday, December 20- Agape Christmas Service
4:30pm   
 
 

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/