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.


Thursday April 30, 2015 – 7:00 PM
AN EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR – Herbal Transformations, Ancient Wisdom Revealed for Health and Longevity
Community Room, UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Herbal Transformations, Ancient Wisdom Revealed for Health and Longevity”, a book by MCWRET Board Advisor Uma Swaminathan, is published. You are invited to an evening with the author. It will include a presentation, tasting, and book signing. “Herbal transformations will transform your life,” the author assures us. She continues, “The kitchen can become your cabinet of potions and remedies. With plenty of color photographs and clear explanations, you will learn right away about the medicinal values of plants and how to use them in daily cooking.” The MCWRET will also hold a brief Annual Meeting at this time.  For further information, contact Liz Congdon at 609-954- 1450 or Lizcongdon@comcast.net.  

For more information, go to the Upcoming Events page. For a flyer for the event, click here.


Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7:25 PM to 9:00 PM
Interfaith Perspectives on Non-Violence
University, McGill Commons, “The Club” Room 107/108/109

Hear from adherents of multiple religious and wisdom traditions about non-violence. Panelists will address questions such as: How does the tradition endeavor to prevent violence? What is the support for non-violence in sacred or other important texts? What is actually taught or preached to members? Is the panelist personally engaged in any related initiatives? What are some important historical or current contributions of the tradition to promoting peace? Representatives from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Quakers are expected. There will be an opportunity for dialogue after the short presentations. Joe Ritacco (JRitacco@comcast.net) of MCWRET will moderate the panel.

For more information, go to the Upcoming Events page. For a flyer for the event, click here.


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.