The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, & Politics seeks to be a wonderful synthesis of educational, cultural, and direct-services projects that will contribute significantly to the social and political life of Santa Rosa and the surrounding area. Our aim in designing the Center has been to avoid creating a smorgasbord of well-meaning progressive activities, each operating under its own unstated assumptions about how best to achieve positive change. Instead, we have sought to explicitly articulate a unifying vision that joins all our activities as multi-faceted expression of our mission and philosophy. We are convinced that lasting social change adequate to the challenges facing humanity at this moment will only be achieved through transforming human relationships so as to overcome the fear that divides us and enables us to become present to each other in a new and affirming way.
Tikkun is a magazine dedicated to healing and transforming the world. We seek writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. We build bridges between religious and secular progressives by delivering a forceful critique of all forms of exploitation, oppression, and domination while nurturing an interfaith vision of a caring society — one whose institutions are reconstructed on the basis of love, generosity, nonviolence, social justice, caring for nature, and awe and wonder at the grandeur of the universe. To learn more, read our Core Vision statement.
Using Education as its means, the CSSA will seek to help create a more Just, Sacred and Sustainable world by developing and teaching a theory and practice of Social-Spiritual activism rooted in healing alienation from and fear of ‘the other’ through ‘mutual recognition’ of our common eco-social being, of integrating a ‘politics of affection’ with a ‘politics of solidarity’ and by practicing an activism that addresses ‘making an option for the poor’ whether of means or spirit.