Visionary Peacemaking

Rabbi Rachel Mikva
Rabbi Rachel Mikva brings a unique background to her peacemaking. She has served as both a congregational rabbi and a professor at a progressive Christian theological seminary – and grew up in the family of beloved liberal political icon, the Hon. Abner J. Mikva. Mikva seeks to create caring and self-critical discourse on Israel among both Jews and Christians. As she describes it, learning about the dark side of Israel’s story entails going through stages that include pain, denial, anger, and rebuilding. “When we first discover the hard stories, we may go through denial. You can live in denial and say, ‘No, Israel is still perfect and wonderful.’ Or you can abandon it entirely and say, ‘I want nothing to do with Israel because it is this flawed nation’ (like every other nation). Or you can reimagine and reengage” and ask, ‘What is my relationship with this place? What kind of state might it yet become?’ You can rewrite that story, preferably with others who are also struggling. <Read Mikva’s story here>