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 the “Golden 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
Sunday November 23, 2014 4:00 p.m.
14th ANNUAL UNITED WE SING – MUSIC OF GRATITUDE
UUCMC Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738
United We Sing is an intercultural service of music, word, and dance – voices of different faiths raised in joy and gratitude. This event had its origins in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. In anguish and sorrow, we came together from our different cultural and faith traditions to proclaim and celebrate our rich diversity. The healing effect of the evening led us to repeat the event with presentations each year from faith traditions that have included Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Quaker, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, and others. Children are welcome, and refreshments will be served afterwards.
NEXT CO-SPONSORED EVENT
Sunday November 2, 2014 7:00 p.m.
MOVIE: A PLACE AT THE TABLE starring Jeff Bridges
UUCMC Meetinghouse (in the Community Room), 1475 W. Front St., Lincroft, NJ 07738
“A Place at the Table” is a documentary film showing how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for this country. A panel discussion, moderated by ClaraGee Stamaty Ziment, will follow the 84-minute film. The panel includes Barbara Scholz from the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Debbie Keszler from the Food Pantry of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation of West Long Branch, and Gayle Topper of the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Miriam. Attendees are asked to bring a personal care item or non-perishable food item for distribution to those in need.
This event is co-sponsored by the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought and the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County. For more information, go to Upcoming 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.