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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 collectively 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

IN LOVING MEMORY 
MADELINE VICTORIA JEWETT
OCTOBER 5, 1922 - DECEMBER 18, 2017

  
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018, 11AM
FINLEY-SUNSET HILLS MORTUARY

The celebration of the life of Madeline Fleetwood-Jewett will be on Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11am, at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary. Visitation will be from 9:30am -10:45am. Madeline, 95, was born October 5,1922 in Sandpoint, Idaho, and died December 18, 2017. She was a cherished member of Redeemer Lutheran and will be remembered for her warm, welcoming smile and works of works of art.


Madeline  was born to Rose and Arthur Fleetwood and adopted by Eleanor and Ben Ewen, when her mother died. Madeline was the youngest of several children born to Rose Hazen-Fleetwood and the last to pass. She graduated from Sandpoint High School and married her high school sweetheart Johnny Meyer. Widowed with one child, Joy (AJ), in 1943, Madeline then married Edwin Jewett in 1944 and bore three more children: Merle, Julie and Grace.

From 1951 to 1970 Madeline was active in raising and supporting her four children leading Cub Scouts, 4-H, Brownies, Girl Scout and Campfire Girls. She was president of the Country Women's Extension Club. Together she and Edwin also founded a family business, Northwest Service and Sales, selling school buses and manufacturing campers and canopies for Datsun pickups. Later they built their own shop for their larger corporation, Allied Bus and Truck Equipment & Sales.

"Date night" found them square dancing as active members of Valley Squares; she loved to dance. When her children "left the nest" she joined and supported Concordia and Valparaiso University Guilds. Madeline and Ed Jewett joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aloha, OR, in 1962.

After 26 years of marriage to Ed Jewett, Madeline was widowed in 1970 and moved to Portland in 1972. She joined Trinity Lutheran Church and later Redeemer Lutheran Church. Her employment was with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod followed by Concordia University as a bookkeeper. She also began a lifelong rental business, offering people a, "decent place to live at a decent price."

Art and gardening were always a part of Madeline's life. Following her retirement she enrolled in Art classes at Portland Community College fulfilling her passion of painting. Watercolors became her medium of choice and she entered her work in shows and fairs, receiving awards. Floral paintings were coveted because of her ability to use color.

She is survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Loaves and Fishes or Meals on Wheels, organizations she supported. Other organizations she belonged to included: Alpha lota Sorority, Genealogy (Legacy) groups, Women of Redeemer, and Portland Art Society.

Additional information for Saturday Celebration
Driving Directions  Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary, 6801 SW Sunset Hwy, Portland, OR 97225, (503) 292-6654


UPCOMING MOVIE and DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018, 6:30 pm
PORTSMOUTH UNION CHURCH
4775 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Leaven Community's Land and Housing Research Action Team is organizing a coalition of faith communities who want to create affordable housing on their properties. Portsmouth Union is part of this coalition and will be hosting a screening and discussion of the movie, PRICED OUT. Mark your calendars. 

PRICED OUT, is a documentary about how gentrification swept through Portland, displaced the black community and caused a citywide housing crisis. The film is a followup to the 1990's documentary NorthEast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream, about gentrification in the black community, released in 2002. Priced Out returns to the same neighborhood and people featured in the first film to see what changes have occurred. A black single mother decides to sell her home and move to Texas after gentrification completely transforms the neighborhood she grew up in.

The film is directed by Cornelius Swart and is a volunteer-driven project that seeks to engage and educate the public on the history of housing discrimination and the high costs of rising home prices.


LEAVEN COMMUNITY GATHERINGS

LEAVEN COMMUNITY BUDDHIST MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
SATURDAYS, 9am-10:30pm
Refreshments and Conversation follow

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SALT & LIGHT LUTHERAN SERVICE
including Children's Wondering Time 
SUNDAYS, 10am-11:30PM

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SWAP 'n' Work and PLAY
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. 


 

LEAVEN COMMUNITY COMMON HOUSE

SUNROOM CO-WORKING SPACE
Mondays-Fridays/Lunes-Viernes
8am-5pm

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!

 

NE PORTLAND TOOL LIBRARY
Saturdays 9am-2-pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm 
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KITCHEN SHARE NE
Saturdays, 9am-12noon 
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LEAVEN COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS ACTING TOGETHER
Buying, Cooking, Connecting Across Cultures

New 4-Week Cycle Begins Saturday, January 12, 2018


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


 

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