It takes a villiage
Assumption College is famous for handing out t-shirts. I have an assorted collection, like many students, of shirts of various sports teams, clubs. But there is one that stands out in my closet, despite the fact it is blue: my Agape Latte shirt. For this shirt embodies my Assumption College experience. Through Agape Latte, I am able to work with an incredible team to plan events on campus for students to listen and reflect on stories of faith journeys. Agape Latte has shaped my college experience by being a student leader, creating conversations around faith, and understanding the responsibility of agape, to share God’s love.
My high school experiences, and lack of, established the importance of Agape Latte. I attended Marshfield High School, where the religion was football. Any conversations about faith or the Bible were hushed over. Aside from mass on Sundays, I did not have a lot of opportunities to discuss or grow with my faith. Additionally, any leadership positions were few and far between. I was not a captain for any sport, nor president of any club. Swimming and track, my two sports through high school, are very individually focused. The unsaid rule is just to stay in your lane and turn fast. The lack of faith identity that I had through school and lack of a team experience truly exemplify why Agape Latte is so important to me. The void that I left high school with has been overfilled by being a part of Agape Latte. I have grown in my faith through our weekly meetings, by the dedicated time we set aside to pray or reflect on specific Biblical verses. The team experience, that I always missed, has been filled by the loyal individuals who make up the Agape Team. Being a leader on this team allows me work and grow with a dedicated group, who I am very fortunate to call my friends.
The phrase, “it takes a village” applies to Agape Latte planning and the events in full. Prior to being a leader on the Agape Team, I was completely unaware of the behind the scenes work that was put in by those blue shirted boys and Binta. Our Monday meetings are filled with discussion on what we can improve on from our last events. We are committed to making a detailed pros and cons list before we start the planning our next event. We cover everything from the location of posters, musical performances, social media and of course the food served at the event.
By taking the time to organize these events in Charlies, we are able to build and improve our next event to the fullest capacity. Our main goal is to select a speaker that can share their life story, and how their faith has shaped their journey. We strive to create a “coffee house” environment, with the support of live music, a surplus of desserts, and of course coffee. This atmosphere allows our peers to take a moment to reflect and ask questions about their faith lives. To take a second, and listen to a professor or staff member’s faith journey, and hopefully take something away that can benefit their faith journey.
My position within Agape Latte is baking. Yes, I do all the food for the events. On Sunday nights before our events you can find me in the kitchen, elbow deep in cookie dough. I try to bake enough for all who attend the events, and so far we have had leftovers. So if you are debating on leaving your dorm to come, please know there is food for you. My baking for Agape Latte represents the responsibility that I have to be able to create these events for students here on campus. It is incredibly important to provide others with the chance to learn about others faith and to discover or deepen their own. The word “Agape” is the Greek word for God’s love, and my experience of being a part of the Agape Latte Team has taught me the significance of sharing that idea with others. I can say with full confidence that the ideals that surround Agape Latte will stay with me, even after I am no longer baking hundreds of cookies or meeting with prospective speakers. The lessons I have learned and stories I have heard through Agape Latte will be with me after my time here at Assumption.
Emma Lang, a sophomore, is undecided. She is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.