Daughters of Abraham

The Daughters of Abraham are Christian, Jewish and Muslim women who have been meeting monthly since 2002 to explore their religious faiths through books. Their mission is to overcome stereotypes and to foster mutual respect and understanding among Muslim, Jewish and Christian women, through discussion, shared insights and relationships.

The Daughters of Abraham was originally the dream of First Church member Edie Howe. It came to her at an interfaith service of lament which was held at First Church on the evening of September 11, 2001. As she sat in shock and heartbreak side by side with Jewish and Muslim members of the community, she wondered, “What can I do? How can I respond to this?” Then she thought, “I could form a book group." The first Daughters of Abraham group began meeting in Cambridge early the following year.

Edie died in 2008, but her dream lives on. Today there are 18 Daughters groups in five states (including 11 in Massachusetts) and one in Montreal, Canada. The Daughters of Abraham keeps a list of women who are looking for groups. When possible, they will match a new member to an existing group. They have also developed resources to advise and mentor new groups, for those wishing to start a group in their neighborhood.

If you are interested in joining or forming a new group, please visit the Daughters of Abraham website: www.daughtersofabraham.com.



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