Leaven Community

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


Leaven Community's Vision...
spiritual feast..

relational power...
neighborhood action...

Tax ID #: 46-4368893

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We are...

Spiritual People Relational People   People of Action

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

We build trust and deepen relationships as we share and attend to the personal and public dimensions of our stories. We celebrate with gratitude for the abundance we experience in community. 

We respond to cultural, economic and ecological inequity; acting powerfully together in neighborhood and citywide public actions to make our city a more equitable place where everyone thrives.


Current & Upcoming

 Leaven Community Building Activities

*LION House Meetings begin April 28th
*Living Intentionally in Our Neighborhoods

Meet neighbors and reflect more deeply on your housing stories
Discover where your stories connect
Deepen community relationships

Last summer and fall Leaven Community members experienced the "community muscle of relational power" together with others in MACG* member institutions, as we gave public testimony, met with city officials and attended public hearings in MACG’s successful campaign to increase funding for affordable housing in Portland by 67 million dollars.

This spring, in our one-to-one conversations with our neighbors and people we know, we have shared how we landed in our neighborhoods and what would make our neighborhoods more livable. Issues around affordable housing (rising rent, home prices, stabiity and displacement) are still the number one issue on most poeple's minds.

You are invited to come and bring a neighbor/friend to a house meeting near you over the next month to give more people opportunity to be heard. Bring whatever food you can and share a meal for the first 30 minutes of the gathering. The sharing of our stories, group reflection and updates around housing affordability will continue afterward. Go here to get the full schedule.

Click Here to Sign up for Neighborhood House Meetings!

Wednesday Gatherings

May 18th, May 25th, June 1st

Leaven Community Center

5431 NE 20th Ave

Portland, Or 97211

Potluck 6-7pm
Bring whatever you have and share a meal and conversation with neighbors living in N, NE, SE and SW Portland.

Story & reflection Circle 7-8pm
Listen and reflect on our connections around the housing story of a neighbor with readings, song, one-to-one conversations, group reflection and closing candles. Childcare provided.

Mark your calendar...
Leaven Community Assembly

June 12th, 5-7pm

Gather and celebrate the conversations that are shedding light on the neighborhood issues rising to the top in our collective housing stories. Discern where our energy lies for next steps and celebrate the community relational power growing out of our common public story.


Preparing the Children's Garden Site

Saturdays, April 16th, 23rd, 30th

Anytime between 11 am - 2 pm
Contact: Maury or Andrew: leavengarden@gmail.com


Leaven Community Summer Activities for Kids (Read More)


Leaven Community Listening Season 2016

Stories from neighbors in our last listening season unveiled our vision for diverse neighborhoods that cultivate relationships of care and trust and feel like home.

Leaven Community Organizing 2016 will focus on that emerging vision of neighborhoods with homes for people of all income levels where neighbors, new, longtime and even former, know their stories and create the narrative that is their neighborhood story

We will engage in a round of organizing using our cycle-spiral to guide us through this journey of “Discovering Our Stories," "Discovering Our Neighborhood Story," Transforming Our Story,” and “Telling Our New Story.”


“Discovering Our Stories”
Begin Today!

You are invited discover your story and the stories of your neighbors by having 1-to-1 relational conversations. These conversations are the foundation for story-based relationships and organizing in our community. ("Tips for 1-to-1 Conversations)

After your 1-to-1 relational conversation...

Go to the Leaven Community Organizing Event on the Leaven Community Facebook page and leave a comment
Write your name on a sticky and put it on the "I had a 1-to-1 Relational Conversation" bubble in the
Leaven Community sunroom

Extend Your Lens

Have a 1-to-1 relational conversation with someone whose family originates from a continent(s) different than that of your family.

 “Discovering Our Neighborhood Story"

House Meetings: Beginning the week of April 10th
House Meetings will provide the forum for neighbors to gather and share stories around an issue. We will begin to see the common thread in the stories of our neighbors.

Wednesday Gatherings: Beginning April 30th
Wednesday Gatherings provide weekly opportunities for neighborhood wide gatherings where we share a meal, listen/sing songs and reflect on readings and a story shared a neighbor. (Read More)


Leaven Community is a non-profit organization whose members are rooted in spirit and shaped by our stories. We are transforming isolation into power for change through radical and authentic relationsips. We are a vibrant, diverse community that honors the experience, creativity and imagination of all generations, genders, ethnic and racial groups, and the broad fabric of our community.

CLICK HERE to make your Sustaining Pledge to Leaven Community for 2016

Start your financial investment in Leaven TODAY!

Tax ID #: 46-4368893


Coming Up...


Email Us

5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, OR  97211


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