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.


Sunday Oct. 5, 2014     3:00 to 6:00 pm
Fifteenth Annual Shanti (Peace) Program:
From Conflict to Peace Building in Israel/Palestine
UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738

From Conflict to Peace Building in Israel/Palestine will be presented by Professor Saliba Sarsar of Monmouth University, an expert on Palestinian-Israeli relations. Dr. Sarsar will share his assessment of a wide range of peace-building efforts, and he will give us an update on the “Dual-Narratives” tool that was the focus of the 2008 Shanti program. Saliba Sarsar, born and raised in Jerusalem, is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at Monmouth University. Professor Sarsar is founder of the Monmouth (U) Dialogue Group and serves on the board of directors of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), and is an advisor to the MCWRET.  Refreshments will be provided after the presentation. The event is free and open to all.
For more information and a flyer, click here.


Please check back for future Co-Sponsored Events.


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 2014.     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.