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

We ignite the power of relationship through our shared stories and spiritual wisdoms,
by acting collectively with our neighbors 
to cultivate equitable, diverse, thriving neighborhoods.

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Portland, OR  97211
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Leaven Community
POTLUCK & DISCERNMENT GATHERING 
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
POTLUCK 11:30 am
GATHERING 12-1:30 pm 

Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

 

We have listened and shared with one another in our homes and neighborhood places.
 

What pressures, hopes and dreams for our communities did we hear in the stories of our neighbors?
What issues will energize us for action?
How are we being asked to provide sanctuary?

Come share a meal, deepen relationships and participate in discerning our next steps for cultivating more equitable, diverse, thriving communities.

 


LEAVEN LEADERS AFFIRM STATEMENT OF SANCTUARY SUPPORT 

One goal will be to discern as Leaven Community how we could be physical sanctuary with someone facing the threat of deportation.

As a next step in our process of discerning how Leaven Community can be Sanctuary with our neighbors, Leaven Community Board of Directors and Salt & Light's Congregational Mission Leader Team affirmed with consensus their commitments in the following Statement of Sanctuary Support: 


LEAVEN LEADERS AFFIRM STATEMENT OF SANCTUARY SUPPORT 


2014 Sanctuary action at Augustana Lutheran 

One action generated out of our 2016 Listening Campaign is discerning how Leaven Community can be Sanctuary with our neighbors.
 

Sanctuary Lead Team
We have formed a Leaven Community Sanctuary Lead Team to lead us in listening, research and discernment of action related to Sanctuary and to connect us with the broader Sanctuary movement through participation in a Sanctuary Cohort convened by the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (
IMIrJ).

Listening
Our Sanctuary Lead Team is part of our Leaven Community Core Leader Team, that will be leading us in a Listening Campaign this winter to develop relationships across Leaven Community and out into our neighborhoods.

Discernment and Action
Out of our Listening Campaign, we will discern actions that respond to our collective stories, including those around immigrant justice and accompaniment. One goal will be to discern, as Leaven Community, how we could be physical Sanctuary with someone facing the threat of deportation.

Leaven Community Board of Directors and Salt & Light's Congregational Mission Leader Team affirmed with consensus their commitments in the following Statement of Sanctuary Support:

Leaven Community Statement of Support for Sanctuary
As the elected leadership bodies and staff of Leaven Community, including Salt & Light Lutheran Church, we respond to the call from our immigrant members, friends and neighbors to support and co-create Sanctuary with the most vulnerable among us, particularly those who face an increased risk of criminalization, detention and deportation because of immigration status or country of origin, by leading Leaven Community forward in the following ways:

  • Continuing to cultivate safety for people of every human category to fully be themselves and to experience protection from harm, whether within relational space, our physical space or in gatherings outside the building.

  • Rooting ourselves in our own migration stories and the immigrant story that is woven through the narratives and histories of our spiritual and faith traditions.

  • Listening deeply to the stories of our vulnerable immigrant neighbors as we seek and develop authentic relationships and look to them as leaders in this work.
     

  • Building collective power through contemplative, relationship-based organizing as we work together with immigrant neighbors to change systems that oppress and criminalize and to enact ones that welcome, connect, and affirm.
     

  • Showing up for those in our communities who are facing deportation and other injustices related to immigration status or country of origin. This could take the shape of participation in public actions, writing letters of support, accompanying people to court, or providing meals or visits for someone in sanctuary in another setting.
     

  • Discerning what form physical sanctuary could take on our campus in the event it is needed.  
     

Leaven Community, you are invited to join us in this work!  Develop relationships with your immigrant neighbors.

Sanctuary Lead Team
Spanish language contact Mira: miraconklin@yahoo.com
English language contact Pastor Melissa: melissa@leaven.org


LEAVEN COMMUNITY SPRING 2016 LISTENING CAMPAIGN & DISCERNMENT ASSEMBLY RESULTS

In the spring of 2016, over 100 people participated in the Leaven Community Listening Season sharing their pressures, hopes and dreams. The stories of our neighbors were connected by the desire for stable families and communities. Through our discernment process the community identified four areas for futher research, planning and action.

  • Conversations around becoming a Sanctuary Community
  • Exploring and engaging in Intentional Practices with Neighbors
  • Building Neighborhood Relationships by co-hosting neighborhood summer gatherings 
  • Organizing with neighbors around Housing Stability through actions with community allies and MACG [Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good]


 Carmen was one of six people who shared their pressures, hopes and dreams at Leaven Community's 2nd Sunday Discernment Assembly. 


                         

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