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“Be the Peace” and Join Brethren Community Ministries (bcmPEACE) for its 10th Annual Banquet & Silent Auction

Thursday, October 1, 2015

6:30PM – 8:30PM

Best Western Premier

800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA   17111

Tickets are $50/person.  Be a table captain, purchase a table of eight (8) for $400.  Support bcmPEACE programs through sponsorship. Sponsorship levels available from $5000 down to the $100 level. 

RSVP by September 24 (Sponsors & Individuals)

 Click here for more information about Sponsorship Opportunities

This Special Evening features:

Sumptuous Buffet

(including Vegetarian & Vegan Dishes)

Dessert Bar

Kosher Meal (Upon Advance Request)

Silent Auction

Special Speaker Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton


Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost at Central Penn College

Special music by Leah J. Hileman


Professional writer, minister and independent recording artist and author of over 300 originals songs

Honoring of our Agape-Satyagraha 2015 Graduates

Honoring of our 2015 Peacemaker Awardees

Click here to purchase tickets, make a donation or pay for a sponsorship online

Tickets, donations and sponsorships can be paid online at Eventbrite or via check made payable to “bcmPEACE” or “BCM” and mailed to:

219 Hummel St.
Harrisburg, PA 17104

For more information email:

Call: 717-525-7565

You can donate a quality silent auction item through September 18.  Items we are seeking:

  • Handcrafted Items (quilts, woodcraft, etc.)
  • Gift Baskets (themed items, gift certificates, etc.)
  • Sports, Recreation, Entertainment Items (vacations, hotel stays, sports tickets, etc.)

RSVP by September 24 (Sponsors & Individuals)

NOTE:  If you purchase your tickets online you can print your receipt but there is no need to bring any actual “tickets” to the event.  There are no paper tickets for the event.  After you have paid for you ticket your name will be on our list of attendees and when you arrive we will let you know where your assigned seat is.  Let us know if you have a seating preference.  If you pay via check we’ll send you a receipt in the mail or via email if we have your email on file.  Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walk-ins at this event.

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Tamir,” a participant in our Agape-Satyagraha program which develops youth to be leaders by mentoring them in peaceful conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation and social change; says “I’ve learned how to live a more peaceful life and how not to be mad right away…I use this stuff in my everyday life. I use Agape-Satyagraha because it’s very helpful.”

Michael,” another Agape-Satyagraha youth,says “It feels different from before. I use to do things that [weren’t] necessary. But now I’m here, I got taught, I got out of things, I realize that I have to change.”

Please help “Tamir” , “Michael”, and other youth from the South Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg become leaders in the transformation of our community to a place where everyone feels safe from violence; and peace and justice abound.

Our goal is to raise $18,000

Just go to our walk page, register & start talking to people about our cause

Search for one of our teams to Join or Donate

  • PEACE BABIES (Joy Reardon’s small group)
  • BE THE PEACE (other bcmPEACE attendees)
  • PEW PACKERS (other HFCOBattendees)
  • TEAM INSOMNIA (Tiffany Carter’s Team)

Where:  HACC (Main Campus)
When:  Saturday, May 16, 2015
Registration starts 7:45 am
5k Walk Start: 9:00 am
One-Mile Fun Walk Start:  9:15 am

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 2014 Peacemaker Awardees



Rabbi Ron Muroff

After a devastating fire in 2009 that completely destroyed their synagogue; Rabbi Ron led the Chisuk Emuna congregation through the process of purposefully rebuilding within Harrisburg to follow their mission to Harrisburg and inspire, in Rabbi Ron’s words, “a vision of a future that’s more peaceful, more respectful, and better than the world we live in now.”  He is involved nationally with Jewish Women International in raising awareness about sexual and domestic violence and clergy abuse in the Jewish community; and locally with the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding G-d’s Call, an interfaith effort to saves lives through gun violence prevention.

Hector R. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Hector has been working for many years on human and civil rights, equity, equality, socioeconomic disparities, diversity, and inclusion.  Hector has founded/co-founded Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania; the Latino/Hispanic Professional Association of Central PA; and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center.

Kay Pickering

Kay has made her mark on our community with her extreme dedication to volunteer service, most notably through her service as a Housing Counselor at the Harrisburg Center for Peace and Justice and with her conflict medication work with Neighborhood Dispute Settlement.  She’s been a member of the Religious Society of Friends since she was 10 years old.

Starla J. Williams

Starla has served as Executive Vice President for Child and Family Services in a statewide private non-profit agency servicing over 1300 children and youth in foster care. She often addresses community groups and professional organizations on important topics, including leadership development, diversity in the legal academy and racial equity in child welfare.


bcmPEACE Hooray For Youth Accomplishments

Completing the White Level

Agape-Satyagraha –This program uses peer mentoring to teach non-violent conflict resolution and social change leadership skills to over fifty community youth in grades 6-12.


Hip Hip Hooray for our @bcmPEACE youth involved in Agape-Satyagraha who have completed one of the 5 levels of conflict resolution. These levels are White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black. Thirty-seven times bcmPEACE recognized teens completing a level this year, this is just a few of them.

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Hanging Out

At the 2014 BE the PEACE banquet we are recognizing the four teens who have completed the Black level (so far this year) and who now serve as peer mentors.

Teens have learned how to choose a different path than violence and use their conflict resolution skills to be community leaders. After “graduating” by finishing the Black level, teens serve as peer mentors passing on what they’ve learned and experienced…keeping it real!

Teens have earned trips to Hershey Park and West Shore’s Hamden Pool.

bcmPEACE Kids Engage in Community Service at Central Penn Nursing Home

In December of 2013, bcmPEACE KIDS visited Central Penn Nursing Home to sing carols and present gift baskets. This commitment to community service is a common thread in all of bcmPEACE’s youth development initiatives. There is peace, power and happiness when generations come together.

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Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Update:

You helped us raise $15,162 for the people of the South Allison Hill neighborhood and surrounding area.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Here are some pictures from the event…

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Congrats to Tatiana Bullock (and her family). She’s an active participant in our Agape-Satyagraha youth initiative. Yesterday she graduated from her high school! We helped Tatiana (with the help of Brethren Housing Association (BHA)) address her family’s emergency housing needs through our Pathway to Prosperity initiative and identified a suitable high school for her to enroll in and restart her education. What a great day it was to see her smiling from ear to ear. We don’t know if she’ll ever take off her cap and gown


Let’s go for a walk!

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Walk & Help Us Serve

Our goal is to raise $15,000.

Just go to our walk page, register & start talking to people about our cause.

Use this guide to navigate the registration webpage. Highmark Walk Sign Up Guide

Keep track of your sponsors with this tool. Highmark Walk Sponsor Form 2014

Interested in Corporate Sponsorship, bcmPEACE 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact us if you need any help or have any questions!

MLK Day: We are the Dream!

This group of youth wrote collective poetry through a workshop facilitated by Nathaniel Gadsden, then presented their poetry over lunch

This group of youth wrote collective poetry through a workshop facilitated by Nathaniel Gadsden, then presented their poetry over lunch.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is always an inspiring day in Allison Hill. This year the community came together to clean streets, rehab buildings, paint rain collecting barrels, remove bulk trash, inspire youth (and be inspired by youth) through a poetry workshop and fellowship together over lunch.

At bcmPEACE, we joined with our partners at Brethren Housing Association, Harrisburg First Church of the BrethrenYWCA of Greater HarrisburgTri-County Community ActionHabitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area and the Harrisburg Rain Barrel Coalition to welcome about 250 volunteers for our fourth and largest ever Allison Hill MLK Day of Service. Thanks to Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren for serving as the staging area for this event, and thanks everyone for making this a great day!