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“Wear Orange” Rally Raises Awareness, Helps Community Grieve

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Each T-shirt symbolizes a Harrisburg resident who lost their life to gun violence.

Members of bcmPEACE youth leadership development program Agape-Satyagraha gathered together in an “Orange-Out” celebration at the State Capitol building on June 2. Along with our youth, representatives from the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God’s Call, Mom’s Demand Action, and members of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and other local faith communities, also joined in. The Capitol Building lit up in orange for the event.

The rally was organized as part of the national Mom’s Demand Action’s “Wear Orange Thursday,” where supporters of gun violent prevention reform gathered in communities across the country to protest gaps in gun violence prevention laws, stand up against gun violence, and show support for families of gun violence victims.

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Teenagers from bcmPEACE;s Agape-Satyagraha peacemaking program showed their support.

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Register Now for May 21 Highmark Walk 2016 at HACC

Registration is now open for the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Click HERE to join our team, make a donation, or become a business sponsor. Saturday, May 21, at HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College), A 5K Walk begins at 9:00 am and a one-mile Walk starts at 9:15 am. Here are five ways to support bcmPEACE from now through May 21:

  1. Sign up to walk on behalf of bcmPEACE.
  2. Bring a friend with you to walk for bcmPEACE.
  3. Make a donation, either yourself, or through your business. Donor businesses get some publicity out of it!
  4. Make a donation to support a specific walker who will represent you at the event.
  5. Pray for bcmPEACE, that God will pour out abundant supply of all the finances the ministry needs to do its work in Allison Hill. #BeThePeaceDotti Square

Excellent Resources From or About Dr. King

As promised, we wanted to share with you a collection of reviewed resources related to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this selected bibliography, you’ll find resources for children, biographical information about Dr. King, and commentary about his teaching, as well as his own written or recorded work.

We will periodically visit and review these resources throughout the year, so keep checking the blog for updates. We welcome any reflections or insights you glean as well. If you have positive, encouraging and helpful ideas to share, please email bcmPEACE and we’ll partner with you as a guest blogger. We support healthy, non-offensive sharing or testimonials in a spirit of cooperation and community building.

Thank you to the contributors of the ENGLEWOOD REVIEW for compiling this list, and dividing it into four parts — Books by Rev. Dr. King, Books about Rev. Dr. King, Books about the faith of Rev. Dr. King, and children’s resources about Rev. Dr. King. Something for everyone!

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Reading List

Allison Hill MLK Day of Service Brings Out the Best In Us

Since it’s true that “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” bcmPEACE partnered with many wonderful local organizations to host a Day of Service in Allison Hill in cooperation with a nationwide day dedicated to community improvement. Houses of worship, organizations, teams, and individuals of all ages and ethnicities- in all 50 states – donated time on Monday, January 18, 2016 to provide services in their neighborhoods.

Dennis Saylor of Brethren Housing Association and Daryn Bullock of First Church of the Brethren

Approximately 160 willing servants attended the Allison Hill MLK Day of Service. The program opened at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, which was one of the partner organizations for the event. Other partner agencies include Hamilton Health Center, Latino Hispanic American Community Center, and Tri County Community Action.  Additionally, students from the Netherlands visiting Messiah College came as part of a cross-cultural experience, and volunteers through the YWCA’s YouthBuild program also joined in.

YWCA YouthBuild Volunteers

YWCA YouthBuild Volunteers

Each year, members of the Allison Hill community who teach and model Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies and ethics are honored with the Drum Major Award from the Corporation for National Community Service. This year Ronald Johnson, Claude Phipps, and the executive director of bcmPEACE, Rev. Ron Tilley, were presented with Drum Major Awards. Pennsylvania Senator Rob Teplitz of the 15th Senatorial District and Harrisburg City Councilman Jeffrey Baltimore participated in the Day of Service.

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Senator Rob Teplitz presenting Ron Tilley with a MLK Drum Major for Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service

Why a “Drum Major” Award? In 1968, as Dr. King preached, he stated, “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness; and all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

In the words of Rev. Tilley, “My favorite quote of Dr. King is, ‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a garment of single destiny.’ The reality of our existence is that we are interconnected in the most profound manner. That inter-connectedness means that what happens to one of us affects all of us.”

The Allison Hill Day of Service will occur again next year Monday, January 16, 2017. In the meantime, continue following this blog as we introduce our readers to a collection of significant works by or about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dedicate time in 2016 to study his teachings and how they relate to our current context, and look for other opportunities to serve the community.

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Students and Community Members who worked on their day off to improve the neighborhood

bcmPEACE Honors Local Peacemakers at Annual Event

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Agape-Satyagraha Graduates with Board Chair Don V. Mitchell and Executive Director Rev. Ron Tilley

What a fantastic way to launch October!

An enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathered at Best Western Premier on Thursday, October 1, to attend the 10th Annual bcmPEACE Banquet and Silent Auction.

Activities for the evening included a wonderful catered feast, a silent auction filled with a wide assortment of goods and services, a caricature  artist, live music by Leah J, and the main event: Honoring men and women who work hard to bring peace to the community.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Central Penn College. With her extensive background, education and experience in restorative justice and leadership development; she encouraged the audience, particularly the youth participating in the Agape-Satyagraha peace studies program, to continue living lives of integrity, shining like lights in the community.

Graduates of Agape-Satyagraha (shown above from left to right) are: Andrew Rodriguez, Mylea Evans, Jiovannie Cruz, Laishon Coles, and Ashly Lopez (not shown). They have excelled in learning to recognize conflict, developing interpersonal peacemaking skills, mediating and negotiating conflict, and understanding justice and systems of power.

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton and fellow Peacemaker Award recipients Gerald W. Rhoades and Charla J. Plaines

In addition to Dr. Debra Heath-Thorton, two others were honored with 2015 Peacemaker Awards: Gerald W. Rhoades, the founder of the Agape-Satyagraha youth peace studies program, and Charla J. Plaines, the Reentry Coordinator for the Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Thanks to Executive Director Ron Tilley, bcmPEACE Board Chair Don V. Mitchell, the members of the Board of Directors, and a special welcome to the newly appointed members of the Board.

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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

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Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost at Central Penn College

Special music by Leah J. Hileman

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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:

bcmPEACE
219 Hummel St.
Harrisburg, PA 17104

For more information email: bethepeacebanquet@gmail.com

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.

 2014 Peacemaker Awardees

 

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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.