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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.

Our Sixteenth Annual Shanti (Peace) Program (November 2015)
was presented by Professor Antonia (Tonie) Malone. The topic was the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical, On Care for our Common Home: LAUDATO SI’, which speaks to all people to take “swift and unified action” in defense of our common home. Professor Malone punctuated her address with examples from her personal experiences as a founding and active member of the NJ Pax Christi Catholic Peace Movement and as an Ambassador of Peace to several different countries.   Attendees of the event were truly inspired by Dr. Malone’s talk.  We are grateful that she has made the text of her talk available.  Please read On Care for our Common Home: LAUDATO SI’.


NEXT MCWRET EVENTS

Thursday, Jan. 28 2016  7PM to 8:30PM
On Care for our Common Home: Laudato Si’
by Professor Antonia (Tonie) Malone
Monmouth
County Library Headquarters,125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726. (Please use the Alexandra Drive entrance to park behind the library.)

If you missed the 2015 MCWRET Shanti program, here is another opportunity to learn about Pope Francis’ encyclical from Professor Antonia (Tonie) Malone.  Pope Francis calls all people to take swift and unified action in defense of our planet in which global warming is a scientific reality, and excessive consumption and the desire for profit have resulted in environmental degradation. He reminds us that the poor suffer the most. 

Tonie is a retired professor of Religious Studies from Seton Hall. She serves on the boards of the MCWRET and the Haiti Parish Twinning Program.  She Is a founding member of the NJ Pax Christi Catholic Peace Movement, and Is a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.

This MCWRET sponsored event is free and open to all.   For a flyer for the event, click here.

NEXT CO-SPONSORED EVENTS

Please check back for future MCWRET Co-Sponsored events.

 

CO-SPONSORED PROJECT

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.