Ashland's mayor recently named a type of love, agape, as a possible antidote for the divisiveness rampant in our country. As an ambassador of the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC), I've been listening to local and global voices on how love would be expressed in a culture of peace.
The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, faithfulness, and commitment. Agape is also the unselfish love of one person for another without erotic implications. In the words of Philippe Hamer, "In a culture of peace, agape love is the basis of all expressions and actions."
Agape was central to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy of non-violent social change. Alma Rosa Alvarez reflected on King's 1958 essay "An Experiment in Love" in her MLK Day celebration keynote address. Subsequently, in his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor John Stromberg re