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.


Please check back for future events.


Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, 2014
Second Annual “Our Children, Climate, Faith” Symposium
Strafford, Vermont

The second “Our Chidren, Climate, Faith” Symposium is an inclusive symposium on moral, ethical, spiritual, and religious consciousness addressing climate disruption, social justice, and the rightful future of all children. The symposium features two keynote speakers – Tim DeChristopher and Starhawk – and includes 15 unique workshops that focus on training for action. The Rev. Byron Breese, one of the first Co-Chairs of  the MCWRET and currently Pastor of the United Church of Strafford, is a member of the symposium’s steering committee. Please go to the symposium’s website at www.faithclimateconference.org for additional information and registration.


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

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 each other’s belief systems and practices while planning and conducting community service projects of their own choosing.  In previous, similar programs, youth have not only learned about other religions and faiths but have also become more interested in and knowledgeable about their own belief system. The program includes middle school and high school students from areas around Middletown and Freehold Townships in Monmouth County.  For more information, click HERE.