Leaven Community

...sharing stories...connecting deeply...transforming lives


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5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, OR  97211


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Spiritual People Relational People   People of Action

We attend and respond to the power that connects us through engagement with spiritual practices and conversations that nourish us for our work together. 

We build trust and deepen relationships as we attend to the personal and public dimensions of our stories and celebrate the abundance experienced in community. 

We publicly respond to cultural, economic and ecological inequity; acting powerfully together in neighborhood and citywide actions for thriving, diverse neighborhoods.


Leaven Community Spotlight

Sacred Presence organizes Leaven Community and neighbors to be present to and support one another during times of transition. We offer these educational opportunities in order to equip the community to be sacred presence together. We build trust and deepen relationships as we awaken to the interconnection of our passions, pressures and dreams.

A Sacred Presence Workshop Series - All are invited!
Being a Sacred Presence - The Art of Holy Listening
Sundays, July 17 & August 21
Noon-2pm, Food Provided
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave
Childcare available upon request

Gather with other community members over this series of two workshops as we practice and discover the gift we all have - the power of our presence. We will explore what it means to be present to one another, reverence one another's stories, and listen without fixing. The second workshop will build on the first, but you don't have to come to both.  Leaven Community leaders, Pastor Mary Peterson, Hospice Chaplain & Spiritual Director and Angie Hummel, Counselor & Spiritual Director will facilitate our time together.

RSVPs are helpful: pastormoreed@gmail.com, 503.208.9847

Summer Sabbath 


The Soul of a Pilgrim

We continue Leaven's tradition of practicing sabbath together, gathering in one another's homes to reflect and rest in community. Guided by the book, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within, by Christine Valters Painter, we will attend to this time of expansive light when rhythms shift for many and we travel -- out to the Gorge or into the wilderness or across the country -- also, making the journey inward, together.

Each gathering will include a time of reflection, practice, discussion and refreshment.  You will then be sent into your week with a new practice, returning to the next gathering to make meaning of your experience.  Below are the dates and locations for the various Sabbath Circles -- note that they are 4, 5 or 6 sessions

Inner NE Circle: Thursdays, 7pm -- July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18 & 25
Wilson Home: 937 NE Webster St.

N Portland Circle: Sundays, 3pm -- July 17 & 31, August 14 & 28
Breece Home: 7036 N Boston Ave

Cully Circle: Tuesdays, 6:30pm -- July 19 & 26, August 9,16, 23
Conklin-Costello-Salazar Home: 6604 NE Emerson St.

SE Circle: 6:30pm -- Tuesdays, July 19, August 2, 16 & 23
Brown-Devlin Home: 4323 SE 12th Ave.

E Portland Circle: Wednesdays, 6:30pm -- July 20 & 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24
Reese's Home: 11248 NE Fremont Ct.


Please let Melissa know which Circle you will attend (pastormoreed@gmail.com, 503.208.9847) Some books are available in the Leaven Community Sunroom ($16). They can also be found at Broadway Books and Amazon.  While the circles are located in various parts of the city, anyone is welcome -- so pick the one that works best for your schedule and transportation. It's okay if you need to miss a couple, but do try to make most of them.

L-R: Carol Knowles, Darrel King, Joanne Lawson, Bea Gilmore, Dale Harris, Timothy Busch

"Powerful!" "Relevant!" "Moving!", were comments of those who came Friday to Mark St. Germain's play, The BEST OF ENEMIES, based on the true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971.

Bea Gilmore (Ann) and Darrel King (C.P.) were very convincing as they exposed the prejudice in their hearts and the journey it took to find their common story and humanity. Timothy Busch enthusiastically portrayed community organizer, Bill Riddick, who courageously set the space for Atwater and Ellis to convince the residents of Durham they could do better for the sake of their children. Joanne Lawson gave a moving performance of Mary Ellis, wife of C.P. whose acts of love overcame hate.

Director, Carol Knowes was thrilled to bring this play to Leaven Community neighbors. "This is the first time the Blue Heron Players have performed outside of Willamette View," said Knowles, (where all but Darrel and Tim live). "Let's explore how we can do this again!"

Remember, Remember, Remember


Leaven Community ignites the power of our shared stories and spiritual wisdom by acting collectively with our neighbors to cultivate thriving, diverse neighborhoods.

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