Workshops

10 WORKSHOPS RELATED TO BUILDING COHESIVE SOCIETIES
Please mark your calendars and register on the zoom link

We are the Center for Pluralism, a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to building a cohesive America, where every American should feel secure about his or her faith, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, or any other distinction. With that mission, we are dedicating our effort to shaping* the future of America in the religious, political, workplace, and social sphere. The following workshops are geared to achieve that goal.

Some of the programs are collaborative and the participating organization’s name is listed with the event. If your organization wants to be a part of it, we invite your sponsorship. Please send a 500-word synopsis of what your organization stands for.
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Muslims building a Cohesive America
Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST


Presented by MCC Seniors committee and Center for Pluralism
Contact:  Zmirza44@gmail.com | (301) 384-3454

Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/87633298939?pwd=UjIxZ2Vna3ZxRHh5V1NTUHdhSWVudz09
Meeting ID: 876 3329 8939 | Passcode: 532643

Speaker – Dr. Mike Ghouse, President Center for Pluralism and a fellow at World Muslim Congress
Details at https://centerforpluralism.com/shaping-americas-future-on-zoom/
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Americans Together, building a Cohesive America
Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST


Presented by Center for Pluralism
Zoom link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83169914580?pwd=NWpuQ0pqTGZmdXRlNXIxZmZ5QWlwQT09
Meeting ID 831 6991 4580 | Passcode 637449

Speakers: Dr. Muqtedar Khan and Dr. Mike Ghouse
Details at https://centerforpluralism.com/workshop-building-a-cohesive-america/
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Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST


Presented by the Center for Pluralism

We live in a politically charged climate and dangerous times where religion, fragile relationships, and blind misunderstanding has become a powerful tool to divide people and communities.

In this interactive session, we will talk about how our speech can heal or hurt, create joy or suffering, and determine our happiness.

Details at: https://centerforpluralism.com/workshop-speaking-peace-in-a-world-of-conflict/

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86470983600?pwd=VGFEaVBYLzVFUmNkL2VVWHh2TUFxQT09
Meeting ID 864 7098 3600 Passcode 382869
Speakers: Soraya Deen and Mike Ghouse will present the program
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Building a Cohesive India
Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST


Sponsored by Indians Together – a Whatsapp secular group.
How do we build a cohesive India where no Indian has to live in the fear of the other, and everyone must feel secure about his/her faith, culture, and ethnicity.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85304938624?pwd=a2t6clJFQkRGcTFDRCsxSXJIeUNNdz09 C

Meeting ID 853 0493 8624 | Passcode 424386

Speakers: Dr. Pandit Sharma, Dileep Thatte, Dr. Pallavi Gowda, and Mike Ghouse
Details at https://centerforpluralism.com/building-a-cohesive-india/
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Muhammad (pbuh) the Peacemaker
Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not come in the world for Muslims, he came with a message for common goodness. He was a mercy to mankind and was committed to peaceful societies and he knew one cannot build peace in a vacuum, one has to earn the trust of the society, one has to be truthful, reliable, and trustworthy and around whom others have to be safe and secure. His model was that of the ideal citizen.

Speakers – Mike Ghouse and ……
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82444896918?pwd=a2xxcmZORUVHUEYzREhkaEZLM2xUQT09
Meeting ID 824 4489 6918 | Password 511020

Details at https://centerforpluralism.com/workshop-muhammad-the-peacemaker/

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20th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations
Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 – 5:00-7:00 PM

The Center for Pluralism is organizing this event since 1994, and we have skipped a few years, so it is the 20th Annual Celebration of gratitude. It is an expression of Cultural Pluralism. This year, we will do it virtually with dinner.

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  • The Sikh Community will be honored for the second time for their service to mankind.
  • The annual Pluralist awards to individuals for their work in Media, exceptional community outreach, support the work of interfaith, and one Special Recognition. Nominations are invited with the full biodata and the impact they have created in society. Please send the material to Mike@CenterforPluralism.com – a committee will finalize the awards.
  • Recognitions – the interfaith and interracial couples will be recognized for their contribution to building on the idea of one nation.
  • Details at www.ThanksgivingCelebrations.org

Zoom:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87494428055?pwd=TzdZOERYUHZWaW4wWnFNK054TTg2dz09
Meeting ID 874 9442 8055 | Passcode 137800
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Why should you run for Public office in 2022 (Monthly event)
Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST


Zoom link | Meeting ID 822 4835 0652 | Passcode 881319 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248350652?pwd=eFZrMlpQZWlTSTlxQ2lLSm4yRXVNZz09

Did you ever feel that if you were a Congressman, Senator, State Representative, or a councilman, you could have done better than many of them out there? If you did, you are qualified to run for that office. You don’t need any background or experience for that, all you need is courage, the rest we can assist you.

Meet
– Sam Rasoul – announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor of the state of Virginia
– Karishma Mehta – announced to run for state delegate of the state of Virginia
– Ghazala Salam – President, American Muslim Caucus

The program will  include items such as follows:
1. We will have special AOC like guests to encourage and motivate you to run.
2. We will share resources on “how to raise funds” and how to reach out.
3. We will coach you to be inclusive.
4. We will provide the tests and you decide which party to align with or to be independent

The Center for Pluralism is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. We reach out to every American regardless of one’s faith, politics, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Co-Hosts: Aliya Khan is a Community Grassroots Organizer and 2016 and 2020 State Delegate for Senator Sanders. Aliyah is a Co-Founder and Board Member of VMPAC

Host: Mike Ghouse, is president of the Center for Pluralism, committed to building a cohesive America where no American feels excluded.

Details at https://centerforpluralism.com/why-should-you-run-for-public-office/
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Busting Myths about Muslims and Hindus
Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST – 1:30 PM EST


ZOOM – MEETING ID 822 3905 1769 | PASSCODE 873376
–  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82239051769?pwd=SmdjdnNEdUllMS82aEVQTENDSTJLdz09

Speakers: Dr. Ram Punyani, Dr. Pandit Sharma, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, Dr. Shamsul Islam, and Dr. Mike Ghouse will moderate the program and Pinki Pathak will MC the program.

Program details and speaker bios at https://centerforpluralism.com/myths-about-muslims-and-hindus/

The myths and stereotyping have persisted because very few have done anything to change it. Let’s make an effort to understand them. When you work with people of different faiths, ethnicities, cultures, and races, you are bound to encounter conflicts; both real and perceived. The battles may be overt or subtle, but they cause tensions and start pitting one against another. They get entangled in these gratuitous battles instead of enjoying their lives and being productive to their organization, or the community they serve, and even family.

Organized by the Center for Pluralism

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Why should you run for Public office (Monthly event)
Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST


 ZOOM Meeting ID 83 6153 3975 | Passcode 525731
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88361533975?pwd=Tzd4b1YwNjgrbmhRQ29EcWI0WXJCZz09

Did you ever feel that if you were a Congressman, Senator, State Representative, Mayor, councilman, you could have done better than many of them out there? If you did, you are qualified to run for that office. You don’t need any background or experience for that, all you need is courage, the rest we can assist you.

A special guest with Mike Ghouse
Details at https://centerforpluralism.com/workshop-getting-ready-to-be-a-congressman-or-a-senator/

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Women’s Freedom Movement ( 1920-2020 )
Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – EST

Zoom link and a summary of the program will be added in a few weeks

We have come a long way, and finally, humanity has reached the pinnacle of civilization, at least the majority in America considers all humans as equal, in thoughts, talks, and actions.

Women have gone through tremendous tensions and humiliation by none other than their own loved ones, parents, husbands, and even children. Just 100 years ago, women were considered men’s property, thank God for the women’s movement, now men and women are equal in all aspects of life.

Hold it, we still have gaps to fill.

Refer to https://genderpluralismcenter.blogspot.com/

A special guest with Mike Ghouse
Details at Gender Pluralism
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Busting Myths about Jews and Muslims
2021= date to be determined

There is a lot of false information propagated against Jews and Muslims, by each other. It is embarrassing to write about it, but we will do the program. We are looking to finalize the agenda and announce it right here.

Organized by JIDS – Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society and the Center for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress.

Speakers: Dan Spiro, Herb Levy, Fatima Argun, and Mike Ghouse

Details – work in progress at https://centerforpluralism.com/workshop-busting-myths-about-jews-and-muslims-for-peace-and-productivity/
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Understanding the Essence of Religion
All the beautiful Religions

center-for-pluralismThe Center for Pluralism is committed to promoting understanding between peoples of different religious affiliations.  We would like to thank the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office for hosting the series of events. In support of Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another faith.  If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the genetic uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. Details at www.Centerforpluralism.com/Workshops

The following events are Planned:

Understanding Baha’i – November 2016
11/22/16 – Tuesday, 1:00 to 3:30 PM – Understanding the Essence of Bahai Faith
Details:   https://centerforpluralism.com/religion-matters-understanding-bahai-faith/
RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=29138182087

Understanding Buddhism – December, 2016
12/22/16 Thursdday 1:00 to 3:30 PM – Understanding the Essence of Buddhism 
Venue: The Church of Scientology, National Affairs office, 1701 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Details – https://centerforpluralism.com/what-is-buddhism/
RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-buddhism-understanding-the-essence-of-buddhism-tickets-29718796721

Understanding Christianity – January 2017
01/31/17 Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 PM – Understanding the Essence of Christianity
Venue: The Church of Scientology, National Affairs office, 1701 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Details: https://centerforpluralism.com/christianity-understand-the-essence-of-christianity/
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christianity-understanding-the-essence-of-christianity-tickets-30942499850

Understanding Hinduism -March  2017
03/07/17 – Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 PM  – Understanding the Essence of Hinduism
Venue:  1701 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Details:  https://centerforpluralism.com/hinduism-understanding-the-essence-of-hinduism/
RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hinduism-understanding-hinduism-seminar-tickets-32047632331

Understanding Humanism – March 28,  2017
03/28/17 – Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 PM  – Understanding the Essence of Humanism/Atheism
Venue: 1701 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Understanding Islam – April 18, 2017
04/18/17 – Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 PM  – Understanding the Essence of Islam
Venue:  The Church of Scientology, National Affairs office,
Address: 1701 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Details: https://centerforpluralism.com/understanding-the-essence-of-islam/
RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/islam-understanding-the-essence-of-islam-tickets-33377341527

Understanding Jainism – May 30, 2017
05/30/17 – Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 PM  – Understanding the Essence of Jainism
Venue:  The Church of Scientology, National Affairs office,
Address: 1701 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
RSVP –  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-the-essence-of-jainism-tickets-34552924728
Understanding Judaism – June 2017
Understanding Native American Traditions – July 2017
Understanding Scientology – August 2017
Understanding Sikhism – September 2017
Understanding Wicca, Paganism – October 2017
Understanding Zoroastrianism – November 2017

We believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another point of view.

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, marrying, and doing things together. This is bound to create conflicts.

As peacemakers and faith leaders, it is our duty to prepare fellow humans to deal with 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. Our goal is to bring people of different faiths together and provide a platform for them to share about their beliefs, their systems and rituals, while expanding the knowledge zone of each group.

The goal is to bring people of different faiths together and provide a platform for them to share about their beliefs, their systems and rituals, while expanding the knowledge zone of each group.

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 nurturence, 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.

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.

We hope each one of us would walk in with an open mind and an open heart towards understanding other faiths, and walk out feeling connected with our fellow beings who are different than us.  No matter what faith we believe, we have to live together, and as responsible citizens we have to create an environment for each one of us to live without apprehension.

It is difficult to shed the prejudices, but once we do, there is genuine freedom (Mukti, Moksha, Salvation, Nijaat and Nirvana.) in it.

We had tremendous success in the program before, and we hope to improve upon it.   A Scholar from the given faith/tradition will present the program moderated by Pluralist Mike Ghouse.  This is not about rituals or theology, but how each faith contributes to the well being of an individual and the society, how does it contribute to common good.  In the coming years, we will follow it up with theology and rituals aspect of each faith/tradition.

center-for-pluralismThe Center for Pluralism is committed to promoting understanding between peoples of different  religious affiliations.  We would like to thank the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office for hosting the series of events. In support of Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another faith.  If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the genetic uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

church-of-scientologyWe hope the series of seminars will help one understand each faith tradition and respect for its contribution towards creating cohesive societies.

13 SEMINARS | 13 MONTHS | 13 TRADITIONS
Each month, we will explore a faith, the dates will be announced at www.CenterforPluralism.com/workshops

Dr. Mike Ghouse will moderate the event and is an expert in the subject of Pluralism and Interfaith understanding and has written over 3000 articles Twitter.MikeGhouseand broadcasted 720 hours of Radio on understanding Religion and has conducted workshops on the topic.He is a community consultant and a speaker on Pluralism, Interfaith, Islam, politics, terrorism, human rights, India, Israel-Palestine, motivation, and foreign policy. He is a pluralist, thinker, writer, activist, news maker and an Interfaith Wedding officiant . He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him in links at www.MikeGhouse.net

Contact us:

  • Mike Ghouse
    CenterforPluralism.com
    (214) 325-1916
  • Rev. Susan Taylor
    Church of Scientology National Affairs Office  www.Scientology.org
    Suetaylor1@juno.com
 

  OLD INFORMATION BELOW


A majority of the conflicts we have in our day to day lives are not real conflicts that deal with our space, sustenance and nurturence, but intangilbe conflicts based on misinformation about each other.

Over the years we have conducted several workshops called “Understanding religion, all the beautiful religions.” 26 workshops have been conducted thus far and more are planned.

All our workshops are designed to demystify the myths about each one of us and prevent stereotyping others.  We hope to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill in every aspect of interactions with youth, women, adults and Seniors of different faiths, races, cultures and orientations.

The idea is when someone attends the workshops, he or she would be able to speak intelligently and without bias towards any of the religions, cultures, ethnicities.. etc. Please refer to our programs section.

Hold on, we will be announcing the workshops soon

 FROM THE PAST

 PRESS RELEASE  |  POWER POINT PRESENTATION  |  SUMMARY

Understanding Sikhism

 Sun, Aug 26 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  ::Sikhism

 Sun, Aug 26 – 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM  ::Pluralism

 Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel on Midway/ Addison.

Please RSVP to: Confirmattendance@gmail.com 

 

PRESS RELEASE

The Foundation for Pluralism is committed to promoting understanding between peoples of different religious affiliations. “We believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another point of view”.

The Foundation for Pluralism has taken the initiative to present all religions in its programs. The goal is to bring people of different faiths together and provide a platform for them to share about their beliefs, their systems and rituals, while expanding the knowledge zone of each group.

We hope each one of us would walk out with an open mind and an open heart towards our fellow beings. It is difficult to shed the prejudices, but once we do, there is genuine freedom (Mukti, Moksha, Salvation, and Nirvana.) in it.

Sikhism: Everything you wanted to know about Sikhism, you can learn about it in this workshop. Dr. Harbans Lal will be presenting the program. Sikhism was founded on the principle of service to humankind is service to the Creator God. They believe in one God who is creator and the protector and pray for the well being of every human.

Dr. Harbans Lal  is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at UNT Health Science Center and Emeritus Professor of Guru Nanak Studies at the Guru Nanak Dev University in India. He is President of Academy of Guru Granth Studies and member of Interfaith Council of the Thanks-Giving Square.

 

Dr. Lal is known for his research in the areas of behavioral medicine, spirituality and health. He serves on many national and international advisory boards, and has published over 500 papers and book chapters.

 

Dr. Lal remains active in many civic activities related to religion, culture and community services. In 1988, he was elected as the national president of Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America. In 1995, he was awarded a Doctor of Literature (Religious Faculty), Honoris Causa, from the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India.

Pluralism Workshop: – What is Pluralism? What is a pluralistic attitude? Learn its application at work place, home, social situations and other circumstance. It is about co-existence ** (Questions to ponder – listed below)

Details:

PRESS RELEASE :: Understanding Judaism

Dallas, Texas: – Sunday, July 1,  2007. The Foundation for Pluralism is committed to promoting understanding between peoples of different religious affiliations. “We believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another point of view”.

The Foundation for Pluralism has taken the initiative to present all religions in its programs. The goal is to bring people of different faiths together and provide a platform for them to share about their beliefs, their systems and rituals, while expanding the knowledge zoneof each group.

We hope each one of us would walk out with an open mind and an open heart towards our fellow beings. It is difficult to shed the prejudices, but once we do, there is genuine freedom (Mukti, Moksha, Salvation, and Nirvana.) in it.

Judaism: Everything you wanted to know about the Judaism, you can learn about it in this workshop. As with all faiths, non-Clarity, myths and mis-information are part of Judaism as well. Please come prepared with questions, we would like you to walk out of the workshop with a greater understanding of Judaism.

Dr. Howard Cohen is a student of his own tradition and history, a student of the early

Church, how it emerged from and related to its Jewish background, and the history that surrounded the writing of the Gospels. Dr. Cohen has been studying history and religion at SMU’s department of religion and Perkins for over 30 years, and has been teaching Judaism to Christians and Christianity to Jews since 1975.

Pluralism Workshop: – What is Pluralism? What is a pluralistic attitude? Learn its application at work place, home, social situations and other circumstance. It is about co-existence ** (Questions to ponder – listed below)

Details:

UNDERSTANDING HINDUISM
Workshops by the Foundation for Pluralism
Contact: Mike Ghouse
Cell: 214-325-1916
Office: 972-919-4466
Email: Mike@FoundationforPluralism.com
Website: www.FoundationforPluralism.com

Dr. Hasmukh Shah and Swami Nityananda Prabhu conducted the presentation on Sunday, February 25, 2007. We will add the pictures and video to the Website shortly.  We invited friends to write about Hinduism in 600 words, and we are pleased to present the following write ups from:
Programs are the initiatives of: Foundation for Pluralism & World Muslim Congress Office : 2665 Villa Creek Dr, suite 206, Dallas, TX 75234 (972) 919-4466.

POINTS TO PONDER

  1. Is attempting to undermine divinity of other faiths amount to arrogance? Does that appeal to God?
  2. Is blaming a religion, nation, race, or ethnicity for the acts of individuals’ amount to deception?
  3. Is holding greed, anger, hate, or malice in our hearts depleting our freedom?
  4. Is ridiculing a person amount to ridiculing the creator?
  5. Is judging others without knowing them personally amount to _________ (fill in Please)?
  6. Is God free or some group owns him/her? Are we not limiting its _________ (fill in Please)?
  7. Does God make deals behind our back and favor some? Could God do such a thing?

In affairs of the world, religion appears to be a source of the problem; it certainly is not. You can always trace the wars, genocides, oppression and other atrocities to evil insecure stupid men. Please remember, the purpose of religion was to fix the evils of humankind and it continues to do so while some men still don’t get it. Thanks God, the world is a better place today because of the Religion and spirituality, without which there would be chaos. Every Religion is on the same side, that of goodness for humankind. Finding the truth is one’s own responsibility. Truth brings salvation.

If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, then faith is in the heart of the believer. Let every one find peace his/her own way – Mike Ghouse