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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.

Read Professor Antonio Malone’s 2015 Shanti Lecture

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

Sunday Oct. 9, 2016   3:00 – 4:30 PM  (followed by reception)
SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL SHANTI (PEACE) PROGRAM:
   “Begampura: City Without Sorrow” by Harinder Singh

UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738

A Sikh perspective will be shared on how to achieve lasting peace on planet Earth. It will be based on hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptural canon. The objective is to raise the agenda on interfaith dialogue by focusing on real issues facing the world community in the spiritual, economic and political arenas. Practical recommendations will be presented to help us “live in harmony in a world of difference.”

Harinder Singh is a widely respected activist-educator who is deeply in love with the Oneness that radiates in all. Mr. Singh co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and Panjab Digital Library and has served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice and the Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, among others. He is an author and public speaker who regularly appears on radio and television programs globally.

Light refreshments will be available after the presentation. The event is free and open to all. A basket will be available for donations.

Here is a flyer for the event.

 

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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.