Board of Directors

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

It is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, with a certification from the Internal Revenue Service.  The Board of Directors will govern the organization.

Our Board Members at this time are:

1. Sam Madden
2. Adil Khan
3. Mike Ghouse

We are looking to expand with individuals who are committed to the idea of pluralism expressed on the home page.

Sam Madden

Sam Madden was raised in a Catholic home. He has an undergraduate degree with a major in accounting, graduate studies in both Business and Economics. He is a life-long researcher of various religions, realizing there are truths to be found in other religions as spelled out by the Vatican II Council. He has studied under various Professors of Religious studies including Bart Erhman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Religious Studies, and Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Sam has been on an endeavor of bringing people of different faiths together, different political ideologies, etc. since he left the corporate world 20 years ago. He has also been a member of the Baha’i Faith for 5 years, and currently does not align himself with a specific sect within the Christian Faith, but considers himself a Christian in the truest sense of the term.

Dr. Mike Ghouse

Twitter.MikeGhouseIn 1996 Mike Ghouse formed the Foundation for Pluralism to be an inclusive organization of all Americans.  Later on we changed the name to Center for Pluralism to avoid receiving calls for funding of other organizations.  People assumed that the Foundation for Pluralism has money to be given out to good causes.

All about him is listed in 65 links at www.MikeGhouse.net

Now, this letter gives a complete picture of what we are all about.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dear  Friends

I am pleased to request you to study the following summary letter.  Please let me know if this resonates with you, and if it does, I would like to mail you the program brochure to give you a complete picture of what we do to build a cohesive America and how we focus on living our lives and letting others live theirs.

If African Americans, Jews,  Muslims,  Hispanics, Native Americans, LGBT Community, Arabs, Hindus, new Immigrants and the disaffected white folks feel secure,  they will re-focus on contributing to the nation-building rather than living in constant apprehension.
Living a secure life is an inalienable right of every American. Our mission at CFP is to build a cohesive America, where no American has to live in tension, apprehension or fear of the other.

Indeed, security is our priority to sustain our lifestyle and security for our children and grandchildren and to move in to a peaceful tensionless retirement.

Our vision is to see an America where we respect the otherness of others and accept the genetic[i] uniqueness of every American.

We are committed to mitigating racial, religious, social and ethnic tensions between fellow Americans and directing our energies on living our lives rather than worrying about the safety of ourselves, our children and grandchildren.

All this work is going on in real terms and needs heavy lifting.

My passion for Pluralism (religious, political, cultural, civic and societal) runs deep, and has led me to devote the rest of my life to this purpose.  As you may know, with my qualifications I can make substantial money, as so many do and wither away, but I want to live a purposeful life by bringing a sense of security in every American, where all of us drop our guards and live a tension-free life.

I am certain that you may already have dreamt about it, now here is an opportunity to realize it.   I want you to consider joining this mission as a silent supporter, cheerleader, volunteer, donor, active supporter or a positive promoter.

Every initiative starts with an individual and gains momentum over a period of time and eventually becomes an institution. When I turned 40 in 1992, I made a conscious decision to become a contributor towards the well-being of fellow humans. I am in love with our constitution and the value it places on freedom, and one’s freedom, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Twenty three years later and with a significant record of contributory service and achievements, I am at a new threshold, ready to institutionalize the work.

Our current programs such as the Thanksgiving Celebrations (19th year), Unity Day USA (13th year), Holocaust and Genocides (12th year), workshops on understanding Religions (3rd year), Veterans Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Festival of Faiths, Civic, Political and Media engagements have produced substantial results.  Indeed, we have witnessed a growth of lesser misunderstandings and fewer misperceptions among the people we work with.

A wise man once said, “The best among you are those who take the time to know each other, knowledge leads to understanding, and understanding to acceptance of the otherness of others.”  I believe in positive engagement with people who are polarized and oppose us, but were disdainfully written off as right-wingers by many.  Through such engagements, these people are beginning to see another point-of-view they have made substantial space for Muslims.

Sean Hannity and Stuart Varney are the greatest examples I can give besides others.  I need to train more people to do this work for creating a world with fewer tensions.

Our programs, research and actions have one recurring theme; to bring Americans Together. The more often we see each other in social, cultural, civic, religious, political and other settings, the stronger the antidote against divisiveness would be.

In addition to all the programs undergoing, preparations are on the way for discussions and debates on prime subjects such as, “Do American Muslims want Sharia?” and “Does Quran promote violence?” As Muslims, we owe a clarification of these matters to our fellow Americans.  With the Grace of Almighty, we have enlisted the support of both Republican and Democrat Congressmen alike, to support this event in May and June respectively.  I hope it will remove one more hurdle and provide a chance for people to focus on peace.
Together, we can work on restoring a dignified social, cultural, political and religious space for every American.

Role of the Center for Pluralism

The two most important pillars of a nation are a strong economy and social cohesion.  The Center for Pluralism is a catalyst in facilitating a stable and cohesive social structure, while paving the path for business to bring prosperity.

By the year 2025, there will not be an office, school, playground, college, restaurant, theater, train, bus or a workplace where people of different faiths, races, ethnicities and national origins do not work, interact, play, live and marry together. The diversity is great but with diversity comes difference of opinions and that inevitably creates conflicts. Therefore, it is our responsibility to prevent conflicts that might lead to chaos and hence, maintain coherence and stability. We need to prepare ourselves and the next generation to cope with these changes and minimize potential conflicts with ease.

We have achieved significant national exposure, for example,  300 TV appearances including 125 on Fox News, over 1000 hours of Radio talk shows, and 3000 published articles in periodicals around the world and a good strong Google presence of 16 Million views of the founder.

Our programs reflect pluralism in religion, politics, culture and society, including pluralism in cuisine, costumes and wisdom of Spiritual masters. Over the years we have developed four solid annual programs and added four more this year, one of them is 19 years old, and two are 13 and 12 years old programs.

Even though we have done an incredible amount of work in the last two decades, we have never raised funds, but always sought help to do the programs and people supported it. More than ever, now is the time to formally structure this effort, bring in the financial means to support the required staff and wherewithal on a well-planned and organized basis.

The sapling was planted, nurtured and now we have an established ready-made organization for the right people to join and serve the community at large.

All my saving, and my life-time work is invested in it.  All it needs is a few good beings to staff it and trustees to fund the operation for at least one year.  We have to leave a legacy of goodness; it is like planting a tree knowing full well that we will not be the beneficiaries when the tree is ready to give shade and fruit.

The organization

It is registered as a non-profit organization and looking forward to getting the 501 (c) (3) non-profit certification from the Internal Revenue Service.  The Board of Directors will govern the organization.

Council of Advisors – Individuals representing different faiths (and no faiths) and political parties, will be represented. Their role is to offer leadership in having their faith and political affiliation represented in our programs and outreach.  CFP is an all inclusive organization.

As a member of diverse family of faiths, our efforts will be directed towards justice and equality to attain peace for the humankind with a firm grounding in commonly held values.

Council of Patrons – Individuals and organizations that are committed to support the ongoing work and connect us with resources to take the message to community at large.

Membership – There will be two categories – Annual membership is $100.00 | Life time Membership $500.00 | Family Membership $1000
Funds – So far I have run it with my personal funds and support from a few friends for the programs, but now I am seeking funds from people who see the value in the work we do, and within a year we should be receiving grants and raise funds from public.

All of us want to live in a place (work/public) where we can drop our guards and enjoy the freedom, thank God; our approach contributes to that overall goodness.

Please visit www.Centeforpluralism.com and the many links to see the volume of work done every year and over two decades.  If the website has crashed, please visit back again, of late it is visited non-stop.

Thank you.

mike ghouse
(214) 325-1916 -Text
Mike@CenterforPluralism.com
Center for Pluralism, Washington, DC
All about Mike at:  http://mikeghouse.net/home/

[i] Genetic in lieu of God-Given to be inclusive.