ABOUT Dr. MIKE GHOUSE

Who is Mike Ghouse?

Mike Ghouse is a member of the American Marriage Ministries, a non-profit established in Washington State in 2009. Mike is an effective communicator. His speeches, commentaries, press releases, articles, messages, and discussions are recognized for their common-sense clarity. Given his background in publishing newspapers, producing radio & tv talk shows, and commenting on national tv, he has excelled in building relations with the community, public, media, and the government. Mike is deeply committed to interfaith marriages as it fulfills his dream of seeing an America where we see each American as an individual and his character and not his race, religion or any other uniqueness.

Mike’s vision for America’s future

Ten years from now, you will not find a place where you don’t see people of different faiths, races, cultures, and ethnicities interacting, working, studying, intermingling, playing, and even marrying each other. These new interactions are bound to create conflicts and pit one group of Americans against the other and even biases may creep into one’s heart. As responsible citizens, we have to prepare ourselves to prevent such conflicts so that each American can live securely with his or her faith, culture, gender, race, sexual or political orientation, or ethnicity. New societal norms are emerging, and we have to deal with them

Vision and Idea

Vision

Conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturance are his first nature, and he offers pluralistic** solutions on issues of the day. Whatever he does, he does it wholeheartedly and pours his heart, mind, and soul into it — a trailblazer by all counts.

Idea

The idea of Pluralism drives him; if we can learn to “Respect the otherness of the others” and accept the God-given uniqueness of each of us, then conflicts fade, and solutions emerge. Indeed, this is his definition of Pluralism.

Accomplishments

Success and Achievements

Mike has published over 3600 articles in 300 plus newspapers around the world. He has appeared on national TV, including Fox, over 300 times, and has been on Nationally Syndicated Radio shows over 150 times.

His experience in dealing with people from different faiths, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual and political orientations has empowered him with community-building expertise. He is committed to building cohesive communities – i.e., bringing people together towards achieving set goals.

The skills that have made him a successful consultant are; communications, project management, events management, customer care, community outreach, social media, public relations, media relations, teacher, trainer, budget, and operations management.

Message From Dr.Ghouse

When a couple is deeply committed to marrying, they go ahead and get married any way but sorely miss out on the ceremony. Over the years, I have seen too many couples miss out on the joy of that additional sense of completeness that comes with a religious tone in the ceremony. Marriage is between two individuals, and their families and friend’s ought to be supporters and cheerleaders to celebrate and complete their joy.

As a Pluralist, I have chosen to officiate the weddings of such couples to reflect the essence of the Bride and Groom’s religious and cultural traditions. I laud such couples who embrace genuine humanity by respecting the otherness of others and accepting each other’s uniqueness. If the couple prefers to give that little extra joy to the religiosity of their parents, relatives, and friends, the sermon would include reflections and the essence of the faiths of the couple.I am blessed to have performed some uniquely beautiful combinations of weddings from different faith traditions. It was such a joy to see their families and friends cheer at the end and appreciated learning the essence of both the traditions in a few minutes.

“God loves the harmony between humans and his creation, and marriage enhances that harmony. Someday we may find out what attracts a man to a woman or vice-versa, like a magnet two individuals come together to be one with each other.  Religion, region, or race become secondary when two people fall in love with each other. This is what God loves, two people becoming a source of harmony and happiness to each other.”

In a world rich with diverse cultures and beliefs, interfaith marriage stands as a testament to the unity that can emerge when love transcends religious boundaries

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