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.

The principal mission of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought is to enhance the acceptance of religious and cultural diversity. MCWRET is committed to:

  • Honor and enrich individual religious, spiritual, and ethical practices
  • Encourage interfaith listening and understanding
  • Raise a common voice against injustice and intolerance
  • Provide a center for the study of world religions and ethical thought
  • Serve as a unique interfaith and intercultural meeting place

Board Members join with members of Monmouth County faith communities and like-minded organizations to conduct programs and activities.

We seek common ground for interfaith dialogue and action, and we strive to understand our similarities and differences.

Programs and Activities

  • Small group interfaith dialogue meetings
  • Interfaith spiritual experiences through on-site visits to places of worship
  • Provision of interfaith speakers and resource materials
  • Public education programs

Annual Programs

  • Shanti (Peace) Day Celebration;  Shanti Lectures
  • United We Sing- An Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

Examples of Previous Programs

  • The Many Faces of Forgiveness
  • Commitment to Your Own Religious Tradition Without Being a Bigot
  • Environmental Stewardship as a Religious Value
  • Why Care? An Ecumenical Basis for Social Action
  • Ordination and Marriage of Gays and Lesbians
  • Islam and Living Our Values Within the Muslim Faith
  • The Connection Between Spirituality and Health
  • Mysticism and Our Values
  • The Gifts of Interfaith Practice


Rev. Elizabeth B. Congdon

(American Baptist)


Dr. Stevi Lischin


Board of Trustees

Ms. Kristine Larson Binaco (Unitarian Universalist) 
Dr. Calvin Chatlos (Ethical Culture/Humanist)
Ms. Lynn Dash (Unitarian Universalist)
Dr. Mary Carol Day (Unitarian Universalist)
Dr. Joe Donahue (Unitarian Universalist)
Dr. Aridaman Jain (Jain)
Dr. Sarbmeet Singh Kanwal (Sikh)
Rev. Ellie Kierson (Interfaith Minister)
Rev. John Licitra (Universalist Christian)
Dr. Esmat Mahmoud (Muslim)
Prof. Antonia Malone (Catholic)
Mr. George Moutis (Greek Orthodox)
Dr. Madhav S. Phadke (Hindu)
Mr. Joe Ritacco (Presbyterian Christian) 
Dr. Robert Smith (Buddhist)
Ms. Georgette L. Thomas (African Methodist Episcopal)
Ms. Patty Whyte (Baha’i) 
Ms. ClaraGee Stamaty Ziment (Jewish Reform)
Mr. Milton Ziment (Jewish Reform)

Board Advisors

Ms. Ellen Chaddha (Unitarian Universalist)
Dr. Roshan Chaddha (Unitarian Universalist) – Coordinator Emeritus
Dr. Ved Chaudhary (Hindu)
Rev. Milton Holmes (African Methodist Episcopalian)
Mr. Naresh Jain (Jain and Interfaith)
Dr. Steve Ross (Quaker)
Dr. Saliba Sarsar (Christian)
Ms. Joanne Stankievich (Christian Scientist)
Ms. Uma Swaminathan (Hindu)