Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

All BCP&J programs will be held at the Unitarian/Universalist Church,

175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield, MA.

These events begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. After six worshipers are killed by a white supremacist, the local community finds inspiration in the Sikh tradition of forgiveness and faith. Lieutenant Murphy, shot 15 times in the attack, joins the mayor and police chief as they forge new bonds with the Sikh community. Young temple members, still grieving, emerge as leaders in the quest to end the violence. In the year following the tragedy, thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.

This is another film in the Not In Our Town series.

Thursday, October 26, 2017  Faith, Religion and Politics

Dr. John Messerschmitt, a minister in the United Church of Christ denomination and a long time supporter of BCPJ, will initiate a discussion about faith, religion and politics.  Some of the issues we will entertain include; How are faith, spirituality, and religion different? What do they hold in common? In The U.S.A. what is illegitimate and what acceptable and perhaps even necessary when religion “gets into politics”? What is the Great Divide within essentially all religions? How does that make religious language so confusing.?  John will speak for 20 to 30 minutes, hoping that a lively discussion will follow.

Dr. Messserschmidt is a pastoral psychotherapist, Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Psychologist (Licensed in Ma.), active member in First Church of Christ, Pittsfield, Founder and Director Emeritus, The Counseling Center in the Berkshires.

NOTE:  Our regular 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. vigil will take place at Park Square as usual every Thursday.  This month will bring to conclusion the 15th year without a Thursday when there was no one present.  Please join us if you can.  Bring your own sign or use one of ours.