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A Vision To Advance Interfaith Dialogue is Growing

November 8, 2017

Back in 2011, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, co-founded the Children of Abraham Coalition in response to the

Fr. Corey Brost, left, with author Sabeeha Rehman, center and leaders of Daughters of Abraham

growing religious-based hatred on the rise after the tragedies of 9/11. Its stated mission was to educate young people about different faiths as well as to be ambassadors for interfaith dialogue.

Right from the start, the coalition drew teens and adults of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith traditions. Now, its mission is spreading to include a women’s organization, or the Daughters of Abraham. They even established their own tag line: “Women seeking peace through understanding.”

Their latest event, a meet and greet with New York author Sabeeha Rehman at Temple Chai in suburban Long Grove, drew far more women than they expected or more than double their first meeting.

Rehman drew an overflow crowd

The author described her attempts to assimilate into the American culture as a Pakastani Muslim woman, through reading from her award-winning book, “Threading My Prayer Rug.” Her stories resonated with the audience, since after all, they each brought their own stories to the group.

“Our stories connect us,” said Shaheen Khan. “Women like to talk and share their experiences. It all comes down to their stories.”

Emily Egan, Sabeeha Rehman, Patricia Nisenholz, Maxine Sukenik and Shaheen Khan

Emily Egan, a Campus Minister at Saint Viator High School, agreed: “It is the threads of our stories that weaves us together.”

Khan was one of the organizers of the author event and in describing her involvement, she credited Fr. Brost with bringing people together of different faith traditions.

“It was Fr. Corey’s vision that brought us here,” Khan said. “We all want to stand up against hatred and make it a better world for our children.”