CFAR – The Center for Formative Action and Reflection

A holistic center for, by, and with community-based workers, leaders and ministers

circle picMission:

CFAR is a holistic center that connects, supports, nourishes and trains individuals who serve in front line community organizations.

A bit more about the proposed mission:
Our community is in need of an oasis specifically designed for, by and with social service workers, leaders and ministers; a place and space where they know they will be welcomed, supported, emotionally nourished, intellectually challenged and spiritually developed. A place where they can find the strength they need to serve our community in life giving ways, avoid burnout, and continue to transform themselves and the community around them.

Our Vision:

A supportive and sustainable environment where people engaged in community based work thrive.

What services does CFAR offer?

Reflection Circles are CFAR’s core program. CFAR has established a home for future and current Reflection Circles. These circles involve a wide variety of community-based workers, leaders and ministers. Currently circles exist involving over many participants, but it is our view that many more circles are needed in our community. Reflection circles are flexible, confidential, structured, case-based, support meetings, which enable participants to learn from their own and other’s ongoing successes and challenges. They are participant-driven and enable members to integrate formal training with a wide variety of wisdom sources so as to improve their day-to-day personal and professional decision-making. They are also known as Wisdom Circles, Clarity Committees, Dialogue circles, Theological Reflection Circles or Circles of Trust.

Other CFAR Services:

  • Innovative all-day and half day training seminars on topics the CFAR community is requesting.
  • Multi-session (4-8 sessions) mini courses on topics the CFAR community is requesting.
  • Access to discounted Acupuncture and YOGA services.
  • Individual and organizational coaching and consultation
  • Consciousness-raising events and celebrations
  • Promotional/Networking Opportunities

CFAR is an all volunteer effort, and genuine partnership between Divine Redeemer, the San Antonio Mennonite Church, ReEvaluation Counseling group, CFAR Consulting and the CFAR Leadership Council.

CFAR’s Impact in 2017:

  • In total, over 400 community-based workers, leaders, and ministers were impacted by CFAR in 2017 with
    almost 150 engaged on an ongoing basis with over 60 local organizations being impacted. We stress this
    fact because ongoing human development is not limited to a course or seminar; it is a sustained, iterative,
    life long process. 400+ CFAR participants served may not seem like a very large number to those who
    assume large numbers equals collective impact, but keep in mind all this has been done via an almost ALL
    VOLUNTEER effort, and each CFAR participant impacts dozens to hundreds community members through
    their community based work, leadership and or, ministry.
  • In 2017, CFAR placed over $100,000.00 worth of high quality services into the San Antonio
    community at an actual cost of just over $6000.00. Thus, each CFAR participant received an
    average of at least $250.00 worth of services from CFAR, and….

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Contact: Don D. Arispe PhD; Lead Animator, 210 219-8257,