Tonight! Women and War: The Lineage of Women Peace Makers

This blog entry is a contribution from Sara Lewis ’15

The M.K. Gandhi Institute will be sponsoring an event this evening called “Women and War: The Lineage of Women Peace Makers.”  Suzanne Shanley, co-founder of the Agape Community, will be speaking about heroic acts of nonviolence and sharing from her life experience about peacemaking. Shanley completed her MA in English at SUNY Buffalo and earned a post-Masters Degree in English at Simmons College in Boston. She has taught at colleges and universities about the historic role of women in peacemaking for over thirty years.

Suzanne and Brayton Shanley

Suzanne and Brayton Shanley

In 1982, Suzanne and her husband, Brayton, co-founded the Agape Community, a 34 acre lay Catholic residential community that uses interfaith outreach and practice and focuses on prayer, eco-spirituality, sustainability, and nonviolent witness in the world. Agape Community members practice acts of simple living including growing their own vegetables and generating their own energy. The community acts against war and violence through peace vigils, tax resistance, and civil disobedience when called. Agape Community welcomes short-term volunteers as well as long-term interns. The community also offers short-term housing for those at risk of violence.

Community Garden Volunteers at the Agape Community

Community Garden Volunteers at the Agape Community

The community event will take place at the Gandhi House (929 South Plymouth Avenue) and will last from 7:00-9:00pm. Email Kit Miller at kmiller@admin.rochester.edu for more information.

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