This year our youth group will attend monthly MOSAIC meetings in addition to our fellowship meetings here at St. Peter's. Garden State MOSAIC is a unique program that empowers its young participants to work collaboratively in small group settings for invaluable interfaith education, and to practice leadership and communication skills. The program also provides an opportunity for students to learn positive and constructive ways of addressing the differences in values and norms between the many different faith traditions that have become part of our ever-changing society.
The program began in 2013, and since then, more than 100 teens from throughout Monmouth County representing a variety of belief systems and faiths have come together to learn, share, and serve. The youth that were engaged in this program not only learned about other religions and faiths but they also become more interested and knowledgeable about their own belief systems.
Most program sessions are held at locations in the Middletown and Freehold sections of Monmouth County. Each session is conducted on a Sunday afternoon, roughly every other week (adjusting as needed for holidays), and includes a presentation of each faith group by the participating teens, tours of the houses of worship, a cultural meal, and a leadership activity. Throughout the year, the teens develop and implement a joint service project.
2016-2017 Schedule of Events:
All meetings are from 3:30-5:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
October 23: Middletown Reformed Church, Middletown
November 6: TBA
December 4: Sri Guruvayurappan Hindu Temple, Marlboro
December 11: Freehold Islamic Center, Freehold
January 22: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Ocean
February 12: TBA
February 26: Temple Shaari Emeth, Manalapan
March 12: TBA
March 26: Unitarian Universalist, Lincroft
April 9: TBA
April 23: TBA
April 30: Closing Ceremonies, Temple Shaari Emeth, Manalapan