Welcome to one of the top ten sites on Pluralism studies. Center for Pluralism is part of America Together Foundation www.AmericansTogether.org
Pluralism is simply an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us. If we do that, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge (our definition of pluralism).
It does not matter if we came through evolution, creation or the big bang, the fact of the matter is that we exist, and we have to face or deal with someone or the other who is different than ourselves on a daily basis.
Please check out the following items.
1. Coexistence in scriptures – What do the Rabbi, Pastor and Imam say? on 09/18/16 Link
2. Karachi conference – Rekindling Pakistan’s Islamic Heritage on 9/23 – Check Conference Tab
3. Understanding Religion, all the beautiful religions on 10/06/16 – Check out Workshop Tab
4. Our 18th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations is set for 11/20/16 – Check our Thanksgiving Tab
5. Upcoming Festivals at Festivals Tab
6. Pluralism News tab for the latest article on Pluralism
We have a choice to tear each other apart to have our way, or figure out a way for all of us to have our own dignified space, sustenance and nurturence.
We are still in the process of transferring all our material from www.FoundationforPluralism.com and http://Foundationforpluralism.blogspot.com.
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Welcome to the Center for Pluralism
Life began on this planet with two major forms; Animals and Humans. In case of Animals, they were endowed with horns, fangs and paws to resolve their disputes between any two of them for space, food and the loved ones.
The same was not true with humans – God or the process of evolution stripped those three conflict resolution tools, and instead offered better equipment; a tongue and the ability to dialogue. We need to use this tool lest we will be reverted to the other form of life. Animals fight and resolve – Humans should talk and resolve.
This site is about Pluralism Studies in Politics, Religion, Culture, Society, Cuisine, Costumes and other Uniqueness. This uniqueness can be a source of conflict or a motivation to live in harmony by respecting the otherness of others.
We will make a conscious effort to label each article as Political-Pluralism, Cultural-Pluralism… so you can find pieces in the search criteria.
Our commitment is to offer pluralistic solutions on issues of the day, any issue. Give us the time through July 4th – we have over 1500 articles that need labeling.
When the articles are uploaded – all you have to do is go to the search box on the right column and type “Name of the religion” or “Festival” out pops article about the faith or the festival. By the end of the year, you should be able to find everything you want here.
What is Pluralism?
We have crystallized the definition of pluralism as, “respecting the otherness of the others and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us”. Pluralism is not a set of rules or a system like democracy, secularism, theocracy, fascism, authoritarianism, socialism, communism or capitalism, it is merely an attitude of live and let others live, and it is applicable in every aspect of life including culture, society, religion, politics, gender, food, ethnicity, race and other uniqueness’s.
By the end of 2020, there will not be a major city in America, and perhaps in the world, where you will not find people of different faiths, cultures, ethnicities, races, nationalities and social backgrounds working, eating, playing, interacting, marrying, and doing things together.
We need to prepare ourselves for those eventualities to prevent possible conflicts, and lay a good foundation for nurturing goodwill and effective functioning of the societies. Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you must also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for you.
You are who you are, and I am who I am. As long as we don’t mess with each other’s space, sustenance and nurturance, and mind our own business, we all will do well. If we can learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the God-given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
We are committed to building cohesive societies, where no human has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of a fellow being.
This website is about Pluralism in religion, politics, culture, race, ethnicity, cuisine, costume and other aspect of life.
Mike Ghouse, President
(214) 325-1916 | Washington, DC
Center for Pluralism aka America Together Foundation [ non-profit 501 (c) (3)
Pluralism studies in religion, politics, society and culture
www.CenterforPluralism.com | Mike@CenterforPluralism.com
More information in the tab – Founder at this website
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, Interfaith Wedding officiant, and a speaker on Pluralism, Interfaith, Islam, politics, terrorism, human rights, India, Israel-Palestine, motivation, and foreign policy. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. All his writings are at: www.TheGhousediary.com
The foundation for Pluralism was established in 1996 with an objective of promoting culture of religious, political and social pluralism.
IN THE PLANNING
Online Journal of Pluralism
School of Pluralism
- HolocaustCommemoration – II Annual event at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2008
- Unity Day USA – IV Annual event at 5:00 PM Sunday, September 7, 2008.
- ThanksgivingCelebrations, XIII Annual event at 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 23, 2008 – Event is cancelled due to personal reasons
- Several more programs are cooking
Understanding religion, all the beautiful religions. 26 workshops have been conducted thus far and plan more.
- Feb:: Understanding Christianity Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- March:: Understanding Hinduism Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- April:: Understanding Buddhism Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- May:: Understanding Judaism Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- Jun:: Understanding Wicca Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- Jul:: Understanding Bahai Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- Aug:: Understanding Jainism Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- Oct:: Understanding Sikhism Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
- Dec:: Understanding Islam Monthly workshop at 7:00 PM
Media: TV, Radio, News Papers and Sites and Blogs
Fox News, Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post and several papers
EVENTS COMING UP
11th Annual Unity Day USA
8th Annual Holocaust/Genocides
15th Annual Thanksgiving Celebs
2nd Annual Pluralism Poetry
700 Hours of Radio talk shows on Essence of Religions, all the beautiful religions from Atheism to Zoroastrianism and every faith in between.
Weekly at Dallas Morning News
Bi-Weekly at Huffington Post
Monthly at Oped News
Mothly at the Daily Arab News
The Ghouse Dairy
Sean Hannity Show and other shows.
Annual Pluralist Awards
FESTIVALS OF WORLD
Education and information about the festivals in the most commonest terms, so people of different faiths or no faiths can learn and understand the essence of the festivals.
Quran conference 12/2009
Anti-Semitism – Planned
Racism – Planned
Sharia – Planned
Note: The information contained in at www.Foundationforpluralism.com, http://foundationforpluralism.blogspot.com, http://pluralismcenter.blogspot.com and www.WisdomofReligion.org is being transferred to this site- www.CenterforPluralism.com. We hope to accomplish all of this by July 4th.