The principal purpose (mission) of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical  Thought (MCWRET) is to enhance the acceptance of religious and cultural diversity and  the practice of understanding towards those different from ourselves. It pledges itself to:

  • Honor and enrich individual religious, spiritual and ethical practices;
  • Encourage interfaith dialogue and ethical thought;
  • Provide a center for the study of world religions and ethical thought; and
  • Serve as a vanguard for common action to assure freedom of conscience and human dignity in our communities.

We are informed by the multiple expressions of theGolden Rule.”

A Diverse Meeting Place

We seek common ground for interfaith dialog and action, and we strive to understand our similarities and differences.  MCWRET Board Members join with members of Monmouth County faith communities to conduct a variety of public events. We invite you to join us in the work of this unique interfaith learning community.


Thursday November 5, 2015      7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The ROSE PROJECT LECTURE by Dr. Frankie Hutton
UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738

Dr. Frankie Hutton will introduce the Rose Project and delve into the semiotics of the quintessential flower in the universe to provide primordial insights. Her presentation is based on the book Rose Lore, which will be available at the reception following her talk. Frankie Hutton earned a Ph.D. in history at Rutgers State University, and is the award-winning author of other well-received scholarly books, including The Early Black Press in America and Outsiders in 19th Century Press History. She is an avid Theosophist and metaphysical lecturer and has been facilitating Gurdjieff, mindfulness-self psychology groups in New Jersey and in Baltimore for almost a decade.

A reception with light refreshments and optional book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, please go to our Upcoming Events page. For a flyer for the event, click here.

Sunday  November 22, 2015 4:00 p.m.
UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738

United We Sing is an intercultural service of music, word, and dance – voices of different faiths raised in joy and gratitude. This event had its origins in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.  In anguish and sorrow, we came together from our different cultural and faith traditions to proclaim and celebrate our rich diversity. The healing effect of the evening led us to repeat the event with presentations each year from faith traditions that have included Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Quaker, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, and others.

Children are welcome, and refreshments will be served afterwards. For a flyer for the event, click here. To see photos from previous United We Sing programs, go to our Previous Events page.



Sunday Nov 8, 2015
New Horizons for Peacemaking and Equality

 Interfaith Service:  11:00 am.  Princeton University Chapel
Sermon by the Reverend Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary

Conference for Peace:  1:30 – 5:00 pm.   The Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ 08540, (across from Palmer Square)
The conference will feature the following speakers: Congressman Alan Grayson, Jacqui Patterson, J Jondhi Harrell, and Vincent Intondi

For more information, please go to Upcoming Events and www.peacecoalition.org



Garden State MOSAIC for Youth – Grades 7-12
Mobilizing our Students for Action to Build Interfaith Community

The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) and the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission (MCHRC) have teamed up to create an interfaith program that provides an opportunity for the youth in our area to:

  • Learn About Other Faiths: Students learn about each other’s belief systems and practices through a series of sessions hosted by various faith groups at their places of worship.
  • Serve the Community: Teens  plan and conduct a community service project to allow them to practice some of the values that are common between all belief systems.  
  • Develop Leadership Skills: Participants develop unique leadership and dialogue skills that are critical to becoming a change agent in their own communities.  

Please go to the Garden State MOSAIC website  if you want to be a part of this program or learn more about it.  Also, read more about the MOSAIC project on the MOSAIC Project page of this website.