Monthly Archives: August 2014

 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