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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.

NEXT MCWRET EVENT

Saturday October 3, 2015 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL SHANTI (PEACE) PROGRAM by Professor Antonia Malone
     On Care for our Common Home: LAUDATO SI’
UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738

Pope Francis’ encyclical speaks to all people of whatever persuasion to take “swift and unified action” in defense of our common home – our planet in which climate change, in particular global warming, is a scientific reality and where excessive consumption and the desire for profit and growth have resulted in irresponsible development and environmental degradation. He reminds us that, as usual, the poor suffer the most. What can be done about this situation? Come join us, and let’s take a look.

Antonia (Tonie) Malone, is a retired professor of Religious Studies from Seton Hall. She is a founding member of NJ Pax Christi Catholic Peace Movement, where she served as an Ambassador of Peace, traveling to Nicaragua, Russia, Brazil, and Haiti. Today she serves on the boards of the MCWRET and the Haiti Parish Twinning Program. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Keyport.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to all. A free will offering would be appreciated. For more information, go to our Upcoming Events page. For a flyer for the event, click here.

 

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CO-SPONSORED PROJECT

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.  The program is open to middle school and high school students (grades 7-12) from Monmouth County. A pilot of this program was conducted from November 2013 to May 2014 with participation from 33 students representing 7 different belief systems.  The Garden State MOSAIC program for 2014-2015 will run from October 2014 to April 2015.     For more information, click HERE.

For a brochure describing the program, click here.
For an application form, click here.
For a MOSAIC 2013-2014 video,
click here.