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’.


Thursday, July 14, 2016    10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Community College*

Glimpse into a number of lesser known religions and wisdom traditions. Hear directly from practitioners of eastern Sikhism and Jainism and western Humanism. Each panelist will share information about history, key personalities, demographics, important texts, and fundamental beliefs and practices. There will be ample time for discussion.  Joe Ritacco of the MCWRET will moderate the panel.


  • Register online brookdalecc.edu/continuinged or call 732-224-2315
  • Registration course code XPHIL 065, fee $29 (p. 8 of Summer 2016 catalogue)

For classroom location, call 732-224-2100 or go to www.brookdalecc.edu/locations on or  after July 11.

For questions about this event, please contact Joe Ritacco at Jritacco@comcast.net.
For a flyer for the program, click here.


Monday, June 6, 2016    7:00  PM   (Refreshments at 6:30 PM)
REV. MICHAEL DOWD  –  STANDING FOR THE FUTUREInspiring Science, Evolving Faith, Realistic Hope
First Presbyterian Church of Rumson 4 E. River Road, Rumson, NJ 07760

Rising seas, storm surges, extreme weather events—
How do we stay inspired in the face of changing climate?

photo from Michael Dowd Seminar 160606-01

Photo Courtesy of David Sunfellow Photography – Sunfellow.com

The program, geared for adults and teens, and focusing on points of agreement held by religious and non-religious people across the globe, suggests how we can transform “The Great Reckoning” into “The Great Homecoming.” It builds on Rev. Dowd’s most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion”, and expands on his best-selling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, which was endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists as well as religious leaders across the spectrum.

This program is sponsored by the Monmouth Community Climate Coalition.  MCWRET is represented on the coalition.  For more information about this program, please contact dburke.yoga@gmail.com.     For a flyer for the program, click here.


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.