Welcome to the Center for Pluralism

Welcome to one of the top ten sites on Pluralism studies. Center for Pluralism is a part of America Together Foundation www.AmericansTogether.org

First,  I urge you to browse through our website, from workshops to Pluralism News to events to just about every tab.

  1. Festival of Faiths, Celebrating America on Sunday, December 17, 2017CFP-Logo4b
    Celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Milad, Kwanza, Gurpurab, Janamashtami and other festivities – details http://centerforpluralism.com/festival-of-faiths/
  2. What Is Buddhism – Understanding Buddhism on Thursday, December 22, 2016 details at – http://centerforpluralism.com/what-is-buddhism/
  3. Holocaust and Genocides on Sunday, January 29, 2017 www.HolocaustandGenocides.com 

Secondly you may ask,  what is Pluralism?  Pluralism is simply an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the uniqueness of each one of us.

Indeed, 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.

All our programs are designed to achieve a singular purpose – respecting the otherness of others. The 2nd purpose of our work is building cohesive work environment and cohesive societies where no one feels left-out or apprehensive about his or her place in the society,  and finally, it is a all about conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence.

Indeed, at this time we have several programs that address the issues, but not enough. We are looking to add a variety of programs to progress on knowing each other. In addition to the annual events listed below, we will be organizing monthly events

EVENTS TO BUILD A COHESIVE AMERICA

  1. Annual Thanksgiving Celebration since 1996
  2. Annual Unity Day USA since 2005
  3. Annual Holocaust and Genocides since 2006
  4. July 4th event
  5. Monthly Workshops on all religions including Atheism
  6. Interfaith dinner
  7. Interfaith bus tours
  8. Radio Shows
  9. Webinars
  10. Publications
  11. Conferences on Anti-Semitism, Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia, Idolatry-phobia, Misogyny, Stereotyping and other destroyers of

Center for Pluralism is dedicated to study and offer programs about Pluralism in religion, politics, culture and society.

Indeed, in the next decade there will not be a school, playground, college, restaurant, theater or a work place where people of different faiths, races, ethnicities and national origins do not work, interact, play, live and marry together.

This is bound to create conflicts in living rooms, dining rooms, board rooms, and bedrooms, places of worship, work places, politics, eateries, and schools.

It is our responsibility to maintain the ‘dynamic equilibrium” with ongoing changes. We need to prepare the next generation to learn to respect the otherness of others, and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

Thank you.

Mike Ghouse, President
(214) 325-1916 | Washington, DC
Center for Pluralism aka America Together Foundation
Pluralism studies in religion, politics, society and culture
www.CenterforPluralism.com | Mike@CenterforPluralism.com

We are still in the process of transferring all our material from www.FoundationforPluralism.com and http://Foundationforpluralism.blogspot.com.
Mike Ghouse
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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.

Thank you.

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 PluralismInterfaithIslampoliticsterrorism,  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

ABOUT

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

PROGRAMS

  • 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

WORKSHOPS

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

ACTIVITIES:

Film: America’s response to Quran burning – Link
Book: Standing up for others – Link

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

RADIO

700 Hours of Radio talk shows on Essence of Religions, all the beautiful religions from Atheism to Zoroastrianism and every faith in between.

PUBLICATIONS

Weekly at Dallas Morning News
Bi-Weekly at Huffington Post
Monthly at Oped News
Mothly at the Daily Arab News
The Ghouse Dairy

TELEVISION

Sean Hannity Show and other shows.

AWARDS

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.

CONFERENCES

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.

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