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Berrigan Lecture: "How Are We to Live in This World?" Features Founders of Agape Community


On Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m., Suzanne and Brayton Shanley, co-founders of the Agape Community in Massachusetts, will present the 2014 Berrigan Lecture when they speak on “How Are We to Live in This World? : The Integrated Life of Gospel Nonviolence, Earth-Centered Contemplation and Sustainability.” The lecture will be held in the Panasci Family Chapel.

Co-founded by Brayton and Suzanne in 1982, Agape, is a residential, lay Catholic Community dedicated to prayer, voluntary simplicity (living under taxable income), and gospel-centered nonviolent witness in the world. Agape is sustained through financial, prayer and volunteer support of a broad spectrum of individuals who embrace its ministry which has included working with at-risk and inner city youth, as well as prison ministry and outreach to prisoners on Death Row, and civil disobedience in response to war.

Brayton Shanley earned his BA from St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. Brayton has taught college courses at Worcester State and Anna Maria College in Worcester, as well as courses at the Paulist Center in Boston, workshops and seminars at colleges throughout New England, and throughout the country, including St. Thomas University, MN. Since the publication of his book, The Many Sides of Peace: Christian Nonviolence, the Contemplative Life, and Sustainable Living.

Suzanne Belote Shanley completed her MA in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a post-Masters Degree (MPhil) in English at Simmons College in Boston MA, where she taught in the late 70’s for three years. Suzanne has taught college courses at Worcester State, Boston College, Anna Maria College in Worcester, as well as courses at the Paulist Center in Boston, workshops and seminars at colleges throughout New England and programs in MN, including St. Thomas University and has been offering programs on Women and War, as well as teaching nonviolence for the past 40 years at parishes, peace groups, universities, with interfaith and ecumenical emphasis.

Le Moyne's International House established The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J./International House Peacemaker Lecture Endowment in 2000. This fund was created to honor International House's founder and one of the great Catholic social activists of the 20th century. Each year the College invites a prominent peacemaker, like Daniel Berrigan, to deliver this lecture, helping to keep important justice issues in the forefront of the entire Le Moyne community and to serve as a catalyst for reflection and action. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (315) 445-4555.
posted on: 3/12/2014