The Children of Abraham Coalition is a northwest suburban Chicago 501(c)3 non-profit founded to build understanding, respect and relationships between Christians, Jews and Muslims of all ages. The Coalition’s mission statement calls it to organize events where Muslims, Jews and Christians can learn about each other’s religions while working together to build a world of salaam, shalom, peace.
The Coalition’s history started in 2010 when Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., decided to respond to the rising national distrust toward Muslims. “I saw a lot of Islamophobia,” said Fr. Corey. He set out to change that by reaching out to Muslim and Jewish leaders in the Chicago suburbs. Soon after that Shaheen Khan, a Muslim religious educator, offered to join his efforts. And soon after that, Rabbi Steve Hart helped Fr. Corey connect with Jewish leaders. Shaheen Khan, Rabbi Steve Hart and Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., now serve as the Coalition’s official religious leaders.
What We Do
The Children of Abraham Coalition sponsors events that bring together members of the three major Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam for dialogue, service and interfaith witness. In this day and age, misinformation about the three faiths runs rampant and – sometimes – unchecked. The Children of Abraham Coalition’s mission is to serve as a reliable source about the sacred traditions of these religions, while creating communities of religious diversity.
In order to train young people to speak out for interfaith peace today and secure the safety of religious freedom for the future, The Children of Abraham Coalition values the contributions of youth. Therefore, under our bylaws, 30 percent of our board of directors are high school or college age. High school and college students help plan and lead our events.