Agape Speaks is the Podcast of Agape Brewing Community, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to Brew Beer, Build Community, and Change the World, founded and run by the Rev. Jamie Green Klopotoski. Rev. Jamie is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, but considers herself a nontheist humanist. She graduated with a BA in Religion and Jewish Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a Master's of Divinity from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Her passions include: love, social justice, beer, music, community, family, and spirituality.
The Vision of Agape Brewing Community is to be both a brewery and a community space in Gloucester, MA.
As a brewery, Agape Brewing Community will make and sell beer (and non alcoholic root beer, birch beer, and sodas)available on tap in a cozy tasting room with beverages on tap, and you can buy samplers, pints, and growlers. All beers will have low ABV (3-7% alcohol), so they will be incredibly drinkable, light, refreshing, Session ales (a Session ale is a beer that you can drink several of in a session without getting drunk).
As a community space, Agape Brewing Community will be everything that is good and meaningful about a church— community, love, justice, support, care, outreach, spiritual growth— but with no doctrine, no mandated beliefs (well…. you do kinda have to believe in love… but that’s it I swear!), no outdated religious laws, no hypocrisy, no abuse, no hate—- only love. Agape will be multifaith/interfaith community— Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, mono-theists, poly-theists, a-theists, agnostics, humanists… everyone is welcome. Love will be what ties everyone together. As a “church”, Agape will hold regular community gatherings that are welcoming, inspiring, and transformative, to develop connections for encouragement and support and to enhance each other’s spiritual, emotional, physical and mental growth. Agape will be a community that reaches out to the world in love.