Welcome to our newest Daughters of Abraham,

The Chagrin Valley Ohio Chapter

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Nov. 27 - Advent 
A four week period prior to Christmas in which Christians experience more fully how God comes to us in our darkness.

* All Jewish & Muslim Holidays start on the preceding evening at sundown.

** Jewish Holy Days and Muslim Holy Days are determined by the lunar calendar. 

Looking for Members

Muslim members:

Northshore MA

Cambridge 1 MA

Mystic Valley MA

Metrowest MA

Newton 2 MA

Northeast CT

Christian Members:

Cambridge i MA

Jewish Members:

Merrimack Valley MA

All Faiths:

Wellesley MA

Roslindale/Roxbury MA

Cape Cod

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Welcome to the 
Daughters of Abraham Newsletter
Standing Together
 
   Fifteen years ago on September 11, our country experienced the shock waves of an unprecedented event. Our sense of security was shaken. Many looked for people to blame.  Muslims were scapegoated and Islam was labeled as a religion of hate.  Negativity and suspicion were pervasive and Muslims suffered pain and indignities.
   But there were also positive responses. Many people looked for ways to bring people together; to know and to learn from one another. 
   The Daughters of Abraham Women's Interfaith Book Group was created out of the events of September 11, 2001 by and for women of the three Abrahamic religions.  Daughters has grown from one small founding group in Cambridge, Massachusetts to over forty chapters across the country.  The women of Daughters of Abraham have learned about one another's religions (and their own), and have come to know one another as members of a unique community of friends.
   For the past many months we have all listened to an unprecedented rhetoric of xenophobia, racism and misogyny. Muslims, immigrants, women and others are hurting. Scapegoating, negativity and hate fill the air we breathe. Anti-semitic acts are increasing. Again, we are shaken.
   We are a community. When one member hurts we all hurt. When bigotry rears its ugly head we must stand together  and support one another.  We also need to reach out to the larger community around
us. 
   When we look at history we can see that out of the darkest moments light, and indeed enlightenment, can emerge. Let us redouble our efforts to reach out to and support all who are affected by this hate-filled rhetoric - Muslims, Jews, women, LBGTQ people, and immigrants. Only in this way can we continue to uphold the values upon which this country was founded.

Fall Gathering 2016 
    
   On the afternoon of Sunday November 6, 56 women from 14 Daughters of Abraham chapters from all over New England came together at the beautiful Church of the Epiphany in Winchester to learn, share and connect with old and new friends. Although it was so close to the election, t he names Trump and Clint A very on never came up. Instead we focused on the positive theme of Sharing our Faiths, Celebrating our Differences: when we share and express our faith, our differences can be a source of celebration, rather than of isolation and fear.  
   Linda K. Wertheimer, a member of the Arlington chapter, spoke to us about her book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance. She inspired us with hopeful stories about young people losing their fears and misconceptions and increasing their acceptance and understanding through public school programs that teach about the world's religions. 
   We took those positive stories to small breakout groups where we shared our own childhood and school experiences as Muslims, Christians and Jews.WE reflected on how these experiences affect us as adults.  And we continued to talk, share and learn through a delicious dinner prepared by Pasha's Turkish restaurant of Arlington. 
   Selected prayers and poems from the three faith traditions dispersed through the afternoon added to the sense that when connecting through the common bond of faith, our differences enrich and strengthen us.

A very special thanks to the Mystic Valley Chapter