UUCMCNJThe Unitarian Meeting House in Lincroft is the setting  — and the Pope’s encyclical on caring for the Earth is the inspiration — when the annual Shanti Peace Lecture takes place on the afternoon of October 3.

Press release from Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought

On Saturday, October 3, The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) presents its sixteenth annual Shanti (Peace) Lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County Meeting House on West Front Street.

Scheduled from 2:30 to 4 pm, the lecture’s theme is “On Care for our Common Home: Laudato Si!”, based on Pope Francis’ encyclical calling on all people to take “swift and unified action” for the environment in defense of our common home, planet Earth. Speaker Professor Antonia Malone will address the implications of Pope Francis’ message, and how we can all unite for the common good of our environment.

Antonia (known to most of us as Tonie) is a retired professor of Religious Studies from Seton Hall University, where, among other offerings, she taught a course on “The Spirituality of the Environment.” Tonie’s interest in peace and justice led her to become a founding member of NJ Pax Christi, a branch of the International Catholic Peace Movement. For many years she served Pax Christi USA as an Ambassador of Peace, traveling to Nicaragua, Russia, Brazil and Haiti in various capacities. Today she serves on the boards of the MCWRET and the Haiti Parish Twinning Program of the Americas.

All members of the public are welcome to attend. Admsiission is free (free-will donations are welcome), and light refreshments will be served following the lecture and dialogue. Admission is free; a free will basket will be available. For more information, please contact Madhav Phadke at or call the UUCMC at (732)747-0707.