Agape International Ecumenical Center
Be a meeting place; be and live together in an inclusive and sustainable way.
Agape was built after the Second World War in 1951 as a sign of hope and of reconciliation between people, thanks to the voluntary labour of many young men and women. Agape is an ambitious project that was born halfway through the last century from the ideasof a Waldensian pastor, Tullio Vinay. A resident group still lives at Agape throughout the year and the dimensions of community and voluntary service remain central. The name Agape indicates the love of God for humankind that "never fails" (1 Corinthians, 13). Agape expresses a strong lay spirituality, where believers and non-believers feel equally at home.
- Youth Camps
The camps held at Agape provide a space for discussion and constructive exchanges and last from one week to a maximum of ten days. There are three main types of camps: camps for minors, gender camps, and international camps. Each year a camp is centered around a different current theme that is developed through various tools: non-formal education activities, debates, plenary sessions, group discussions, expert speeches, workshops, simulation games, and more. The camps are also an opportunity to spend time surrounded by the nature of Prali, to meet people coming from different countries and with different backgrounds, to have fun, and to rest. Participating in a camp at Agape means to take a part in community life characterized by sharing common spaces and everyday life, but also personal experiences.Today many people from various social and cultural backgrounds and of different spiritualities who differ also in political beliefs as well as in gender and sexual identities attend Agape. Participants should be respectful in accepting and welcoming different ideas and be ready for exchanges and discussions.
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