Chosen Traumas, Chosen Glories – An Interactive Forum – November 12, 2023

The Rev. Canon Nicholas POrterThe Rev Canon Nicholas Porter was our guest preacher and teacher on November 12, 2023. Father Nicholas is the founding director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders – a ministry of interfaith reconciliation that specializes in peace and leadership education in Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine.

He led an interactive forum in the Library, entitled Chosen Traumas, Chosen Glories, that explores how foundational identities cause families, groups, and nations to act like individuals and often lead to intractable conflict. When events – no matter how horrific – shape identity, they never fade away. Instead, they shape and trigger behavior on the battlefields of Ukraine, among Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, and in our lives today.