Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and his Children of Abraham Coalition helped to sponsor an
interfaith immigration forum on March 5, which drew not only four different faith communities to participate, but 200 people to attend.
It took place at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights and drew leaders from a Jewish temple, a Muslim Community Center, a member of the Sikh community in suburban Palatine, as well as one of the pastors of St. Simon’s.
“This is beautiful. This is America,” Fr. Brost said to the crowd. “This is what we stand for in this country.”
Participants learned basic tenets of each faith tradition from different speakers before brainstorming over ways to build solidarity in their communities, promote religious tolerance and ways to take action in light of the newly revised travel ban signed one day later by President Donald Trump.
“It’s a sign of the times,” Fr. Brost said. “People are hungry to make a difference. People’s hearts are moved by the plight of immigrants. People are disturbed by the fear and misinformation out there, and they want to do something.”
Fr. Brost helped to start the Children of Abraham Coalition in response to the tragedies of Sept. 11. The coalition is made up of Muslim, Jewish and Christian teen and adult leaders, working to promote interfaith dialogue and tolerance.