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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

Saturday, May 14, 2016    2:30 to 4:30 PM
NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING:  Inviting Peace, Love, and Transformation Into Your Life
UUCMC Meetinghouse, Community Room, 1475 W. Front Street, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Please join us in a conversation with Eileen Ellis, as she shares her story about her practice of Native American Healing.  Eileen is a full-blooded Mohawk Indian Medicine Woman with ancestral healers on both sides of her lineage.  She possesses a Master’s Degree in Social Work and practiced as a School Social Worker for many years.  She was trained by The Four Winds Society in Energy Medicine. Her private practice and classes are aimed at restoring our natural wholeness, teaching Native American wisdom practices, and re-connecting us to Spirit and NatureA brief MCWRET Annual Meeting will be included. Light refreshments follow the program. 

For more information contact Dr. Stevi Lischin, lischinsmith@verizon.net.

For a flyer for the program, click here.

 

NEXT CO-SPONSORED EVENTS

Please check back for future 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.