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

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Leaven Community trusts the sacred interconnection of all and the creative and liberative power within those relationships.

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5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, OR  97211


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Welcome to Leaven Community


Leaven Community organizes people
...to share our stories, particularly our pressures and hopes 

and through our relationships & spiritual wisdoms
...to make meaning of our collective stories and
act together with our neighbors for more equitable, diverse, thriving neighborhoods.

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 social, economic and ecological inequity; acting powerfully together in neighborhood and citywide actions.


Leaven Community Highlights


Here are Paths for Engaging in Discussion and Reflection

1. Salt & Light Lutheran Services: Sundays 10AM

2. Waking Up Community Meditation & Discussion: Saturdays 9AM

3. Leaven Community Facebook. Go to Groups/The Five Invitations and click to join

4. Form your own book circle 

"The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully," is a meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.
The Five Invitations are...
...Don’t Wait
...Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing
...Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
...Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things
...Cultivate Don’t Know Mind

Author Frank Ostaseski, a renowned teacher of compassionate care-giving and the cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering an evocative and stirring guide that points a radical path to transformation.

Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, OR
Sheridan South Side Park (Fishing Pond)
Second Sundays

Leaven Community/Salt & Light Lutheran is a member of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ). IMIrJ is calling for the freedom of 121 immigrants and asylum seekers, from 16 different countries, who are being unjustly and inhumanely detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon. Gatherings for Interfaith Services of Solidarity on second Sundays are one of the ways IMIrj congregations and people of goodwill are standing with our brothers. Here are some pictures from those gatherings.



Leaven Contacts
(Español) Mira (503) 951-3658, miralconklin@yahoo.com.
(English) LaVeta (503) 936-2870, lavetagj@leaven.org

Additional Links
Press Conference, June 21, 2018 on Leaven FB page
Lawyers (and Clergy) denied access to asylum-seekers held in Oregon
Open Letter to Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution and ICE

IMIrJ website (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice)

News from the Leaven Community Sanctuary Team

Monthly Meeting
Second Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
St Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
1704 NE 43rd Ave, Portland OR

Gather with us as we deepen relationships, learn and collaborate with other IMIrJ communities of faith and our NE Portland K-team partners (St. Andrews Catholic, Bethel Lutheran) to address the issues of justice around immigration in our communities.  All are welcome!

Intercambio in the Park! Intercambio en el Parque!

Mira Bani's photo.

  Thursdays, 6-8PM
Khunamokwst Neighborhood Park
5200 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97218

Meet neighbors and grow in relationship through conversation in English and Spanish. Dinner and childcare provided. There are two more sessions and all are welcome! Contact Mira: miraconklin@yahoo.com (503) 951- 3658 for additional information.



The Leaven Community Sunroom Co-Working Space provides an opportunity for people to share the synergy and collaboration that comes from people working together in the same space. There is free Wi-Fi and a kitchenette with microwave and sink. Donation coffee and tea is also available. Everyone is welcome.

El Espacio Co-Working de Leaven Community Sunroom ofrece la oportunidad para que las personas compartan la sinergia y la colaboración que viene de las personas que trabajan juntas en el mismo espacio. Hay conexión inalámbrica a internet gratuita y un servicio de cocina con microondas y lavabo. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9am-1pm

Come share your love, caring and playing with children in SWAP, (Swap 'n' Work and Play). SWAP is a low-cost childcare cooperative that is building lasting relationships and cultivating intergenerational connections. In order for this model to work, volunteer "Grandparents," "Aunts" and "Uncles" are needed. It you have a couple of free hours during the week, we welcome your participation. Read more.

WAKING UP COMMUNITY: Meditation & Discussion
Practices and texts from Buddhist and other traditions
Saturdays, 9am-10:30am
Refreshments and Conversation Afterward
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NE Waking Up Sangha is the meditation and mindfulness community within the larger Leaven Community.

including Children's Wondering Time 
Sundays, 10am-11:30am

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Salt & Light Lutheran is the Lutheran worshipping congregation within the larger Leaven Community.

Buying, Cooking, Connecting Across Cultures
Saturdays, 11am-1pm

We use our collective power to save money and access organic and sustainably grown non-GMO fruits and vegetables through Charlies Produce, an employee owned NW business. Produce arrives on Saturday mornings and participants can bag orders beginning at 11am or pick up bagged and labeled orders after 1pm while the building is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact LaVeta: (503) 936-2870 or lavetagj@gmail.com to participate.  Read more

Saturdays, 9am-2-pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm Read more

Saturdays, 9am-12noon Read more


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