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Our Mission

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”

We seek common ground for interfaith dialogue 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.

Who We Are

Our Board

ornament1 The Monmouth Center was established in 1994 by individuals in Monmouth County from various religious and ethical traditions.  It is led by a Board of Trustees comprising members of our diverse religious communities, including the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, which serves as the host organization.

Our Work

ornament1MCWRET sponsors and co-sponsors various programs and activities that aim to create an increased interest, awareness and sensitivity among members of various faith and wisdom traditions, as well as cultures. Diversity, in all of its forms, is embraced and fostered.  Read details about our activities over the years.

FAQs

ornament1Find the answers of often asked questions about the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought and our activities and programs.

Annual Reports

ornament1Our Annual Reports detail our activities, programs and accomplishments for the year.  The Annual Report is presented and made available at the yearly Annual Meeting of the Board which is also open to the public

Upcoming Events

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February

A Forum on SOCIAL JUSTICE: RACE

3:00 PM — 5:00 PM
@ United Methodist Church of Red Bank
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25
February

MOSAIC Faith Session- Episcopalian

3:30 PM — 5:30 PM
@ St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
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01
March

JAZZ for Family Promise!

7:00 PM — 9:30 PM
@ Lincroft Presbyterian Church
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04
March

MOSAIC Faith Session- Protestant Reformed

3:30 PM — 5:30 PM
@ Middletown Reformed Church
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What's new?

  • Know Your Neighbor

    Multifaith Encounters Campaign

    "We find ourselves in a moment where we are deeply polarized as a nation by divides—cultural, religious, political--that impact our communities and even our families. At this critical juncture in our history, we want to advocate a simple model for effecting social change: working at the grassroots level in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, houses of worship, and civic organizations to model the civility and respect we want to see upheld by everyone.
    This is why Islamic Networks Group is launching the Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters Campaign with simple yet impactful tools and resources for reaching out to build mutual understanding and respect among all our fellow Americans over the summer and beyond. Studies show that all you need is a ten-minute non-confrontational encounter with a person from a different background to dispel stereotyping and prejudice. We believe that if enough Americans join our campaign by participating in one or two simple actions of mutual encounter, we can strengthen our communities, foster relations among all Americans, and live up to our national ideal of being one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
    MCWRET and MOSAIC are Campaign Sponsors. For More Information......

    Sign Up Here for the Know Your Neighbor Program

  • Pledge to STAND UP

    For the Other

    Racial bigotry, religious persecution, Antisemitism, Islamophobia or any other form of hatred cannot be wiped out unless each and every one of us confronts it within our own circles of family and friends. Silence is seen as consent. It takes courage to stand up for the other! So you are invited to sign this pledge and invite others to do the same. Help spread the word. MCWRET is a signer and supporter of the Pledge.

    The Pledge

    "While interacting with members of my own faith, or ethnic, or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the other and speak up to challenge bigotry in any form."

    For More Information....

    Sign the Pledge Here

     
  • Garden State MOSAIC

    Interfaith Youth Program

    MOSAIC: 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.
     

    To Learn More About the Program and Starting One in Your Area Click Here

     Or go to Garden State MOSAIC Website here

     

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