CEM: Sound of the Soul
Cultural & Educational Media (CEM Productions) is a non-profit media group producing films, TV series, and web-based programming that promote new insights on the meaning and depths of human existence. CEM uses the power of film and storytelling to inspire, bring together, and unify people and audiences worldwide.
The concept "Unity Consciousness” has been the focus of CEM's work and the core of the mission since the establishment of CEM in 1983. CEM's programs weave timeless wisdom traditions and cultural nuances together with 21st century scientific discoveries and understandings about the nature of "Us and Them” to promote understanding and respect among peoples, cultures and faiths worldwide.
Sound of the Soul is a celebration of the transcendent power of music as a doorway to the human soul. From Morocco's Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, an inspiring cinematic journey, reverberating with unity, understanding, and most of all, hope.
Coastside Hope is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency food, clothing, shelter, and other safety net services since 1976. Demand for Coastside Hope's services has grown significantly as a result of the recession of 2008-2009 and the ongoing fallout of the recession.
Coastside Hope's mission is to help our neighbors meet their most basic needs while helping every one of us reach our full potential. The key to our success is the generous support of our community and the ever-expanding network of neighbors and community partners who share our vision and commitment to making the difference.
Pigeon Point: California State Parks Foundation
Located along California's San Mateo Coast, the majestic Pigeon Point Light Station has served as a beacon and inspiration for mariners as well as millions of people traveling along California's coastal highway. More than 100 years of severe coastal weather had taken its toll on this 19th century historic landmark, which holds the distinction of being one of the oldest, as well as the tallest, lighthouses on the West Coast.
Fortunately, the transfer of Pigeon Point Light Station to California State Parks has made it possible for the agency to restore this important piece of California's history. The California State Parks Foundation is currently working to raise the significant public and private funding needed to complete a restoration project of the entire lighthouse.
More than 100,000 people visit Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park each year, including more than 11,000 youth hostel guests and 2,500 schoolchildren participating in educational programs.
Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA, has developed a unique curriculum for a Bachelor's program that relies on various pedagogical approaches such as selective memorization and critical analysis. The curriculum emphasizes key foundational texts; an in-depth examination of critical methodological issues; a solid command of the Arabic language; a familiarity with the most important Islamic sciences; and a firm grounding in the tools of learning with an emphasis on the qualitative elements of the traditional liberal arts.
The idea of Zaytuna may be captured in a few phrases: As God's creation, we are all interconnected; through our diverse cultural histories, we discover our shared humanity and dream of a common future; our collective problems are, at their root, both spiritual and philosophical; the Islamic intellectual legacy begs to be integrated into a global conversation on great ideas shaping our planet; a well-designed college education will change lives and transform the world.