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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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Leaven Community Highlights

Leaven Community Organizing 2018

An invitation for

Salt & Light Lutheran/Leaven Community
to Participate in Public Worship Service
Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
11AM - 12PM

All are Welcome!

The Sunday service for Salt & Light Lutheran will be in Sheridan, OR with our IMIrJ communities of faith and people of goodwill. Our practices of "love of neighbor" are being co-opted and twisted in dehumanizing ways and it's time to disrupt our normal routines and join others for this pivotal moment of love and prayer-in-action. Those unable to go to Sheridan can gather at Salt & Light at 10 AM for a shortened liturgy of story, prayers, and communion as we hold everyone in our hearts. All are welcome.

As announced Thursday, at the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) press conference (convened at Leaven Community/Salt & Light Lutheran), a public worship service will be held Sunday morning, June 24, 2018, at 11:00 am just outside the Sheridan Prison.

This service will also include a direct action asking the Prison to allow ongoing clergy access to detainees so they can receive the pastoral care they need and have requested.  We can also learn more about how they are being treated and whether or not they are being reunited with their children, spouses and other family.

Earlier this month Attorney General Jeff Sessions invoked Romans 13 to validate the amoral separation of children from their families. Join us as we recover the power of our embodied faith, pray for the soul of our country, and demand direct access to immigrant detainees in the Sheridan Federal Prison.
Facebook event here

Something to sit on (e.g. chair, blanket)
Food/Beverages (e.g. snacks,water, picnic lunch)
Posters with messages of love and solidarity
Comfortable shoes (main parking is 1/4 mile from site)

Gather: 8:45 AM Leaven Community/Salt & Light Lutheran parking lot
Depart: 9:00 AM
Arrive: 10:30ish AM

Main Parking at Sheridan High School (433 S Bridge St, Sheridan, OR 97378) - this is a 1/4 mile walk from the site of the service. Those needing assistance can be dropped off at the fishing pond lot.
Sheridan High School Lot: West on Hwy 18 to Exit 33, exit right, then turn left on S Bridge Street.
Sheridan Fishing Pond Lot: West on Hwy 18 to Exit 33, exit right, then turn right again to go south on SW Ballston Road for 0.4 miles, turn left onto gravel road and drive about ¼ mile to fishing pond.

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)



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.

NE WAKING UP SANGHA: 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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