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(Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice)


“Let Our People Go” Call Campaign

On Tuesday, July 31st, clergy leaders and IMIrJ supporters prayed and walked to the ICE office in SW Portland, where we personally delivered a public letter asking for the immediate release of the people detained in Sheridan. In addition, we are asking faith communities throughout the state to participate in a massive calling campaign to the ICE offices.  Starting July 31st and continuing throughout the week, we ask you to mobilize your community to phone bank, email, and flood acting regional director of ICE Elizabeth Godfrey with stories of those detained at Sheridan and our demand to “Let Our People Go!”

Call Campaign Info

IMIrJ 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! IMIrJ website

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.

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


Leaven Community Declares Sanctuary Video

Salt and Light Lutheran and Leaven Community made a public Declaration of Sanctuary on Sunday, October 15, 2017, affirming our commitment to being a relational safe space for people in this time of fear and discrimination. We also committed to bringing the injustice of immigration policy and procedure to light and co-creating Physical Sanctuary with those most affected. The Sanctuary Assembly also featured City Commissioner Chole Eudaly, who announced a stay on citing people living in tiny homes and RV's on private property.

We give thanks to the Congregation Missional Leadership Team of Salt and Light Lutheran Church, the members of the Leaven Community Sanctuary Lead Team and Land and Housing Research Team for their dedication and work to bring this work forward. The assembly co-leaders were Rita Jimenez and Jake Antle. Additional Leaven Community leaders in the order of their participation included: Rosemary Brown, Mira Conklin, Solveig Nilsen-Goodin, Ryan Palmer, Eva De Cesaro, Thomas Montalvan, David Heller, Natalie Breece, Darrel King, Luz Gomez, Eric Conklin, Jocelyn Furbush, Tom Mooney, John Rodgers, Benn Kovco, Sam Phelps, Anneliese Davis, LaVeta Gilmore Jones, Melissa Reed, Ali Ippolito and the Leaven Community, "Seat of Our Pants" choir.


1. WHEREAS, Leaven Community, including Salt & Light Lutheran Church, trusts in the sacred interconnection of all and the creative and liberative power within those relationships; and

2. WHEREAS, Sanctuary is one of the most ancient traditions for people of faith and goodwill; and

3. WHEREAS, we are called to recognize that no one is “the stranger”, and to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and

4. WHEREAS, we are called to engage in justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and

5. WHEREAS, Leaven Community, including Salt & Light Lutheran Church, ignites the power of relationship in our shared stories and spiritual wisdoms by acting collectively with our neighbors to cultivate equitable, diverse, thriving neighborhoods;

6. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, Salt & Light Lutheran Church and Leaven Community, 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; and

7. BE IT RESOLVED that, we, Salt & Light Lutheran Church and Leaven Community, affirm our Leaven Community Statement of Support for Sanctuary as follows and commit to executing Physical Sanctuary, as it is asked for, encouraging our membership to engage in the following ways as they are able and called:

Showing up for those in our communities in actions such as accompanying people to court, writing letters of support, etc.

Rapid Response
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 being present in places of ICE activity in our neighborhoods and/or on the grounds and building of Salt & Light Lutheran Church/Leaven Community.

Organizing Power for Immigration Policy Reform
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 looking 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.

Safe Space
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.

Be in Solidarity with Other Sanctuary Communities
Showing up for those in our communities in actions such as meal preparation or accompaniment for someone in sanctuary in another setting or participation in public actions.

Physical Sanctuary
Holding physical sanctuary in our building as requested by our immigrant members and neighbors, as outlined in our Sanctuary policies and procedures adopted by the Congregational Mission Leader Team (CMLT) of Salt & Light Lutheran Church and affirmed by the Leaven Community Board of Directors.

8. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED we do this in partnership with our immigrant communities and leaders, and the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice; and

9. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Leaven Community, including Salt & Light Lutheran Church, encourages all people of goodwill to unite and work together to promote compassion, loving kindness and understanding in our shared community, rejecting hatred and divisiveness, as we strive to protect the freedoms we all hold dear.

10. BE IT OFFICIALLY AND PUBLICLY RESOLVED that this 1st day of October, 2017 we, the members of Salt & Light Lutheran Church and the members of Leaven Community, agree by consensus, to adopt this RESOLUTION FOR SANCTUARY DECLARATION.


1. CONSIDERANDO que la Comunidad de Leaven, que incluye la Iglesia Luterana Salt and Light, confía en la sagrada interconexión de todos y el poder creativo y liberador dentro de esas relaciones; y

2. CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Santuario es una de las tradiciones más antiguas para las personas de fe y buena voluntad; y

3. CONSIDERANDO que estamos llamados a reconocer que nadie es "el extranjero" y para afirmar y promover el valor inherente y la dignidad de cada persona; y

4. CONSIDERANDO que estamos llamados a participar en la justicia, la equidad y la compasión en las relaciones humanas; y

5. CONSIDERANDO que la comunidad de Leaven, que incluye la Iglesia Luterana Salt & Light, enciende el poder de las relaciones en nuestras historias compartidas y nuestras tradiciones espirituales, actuando colectivamente con nuestros vecinos para cultivar vecindarios equitativos, diversos y prósperos.

6. POR LO TANTO SE RESUELVE que nosotros, la Iglesia Luterana Salt & Light y la Comunidad Leaven, respondamos a la llamada de nuestros miembros inmigrantes, amigos y vecinos para apoyar y co-crear el Santuario con los más vulnerables entre nosotros, con un riesgo de criminalización, detención y deportación debido a su situación migratoria o país de origen; y

7. POR LO TANTO, SE RESUELVE que nosotros, la Iglesia Luterana Salt & Light y la Comunidad Leaven, afirmamos nuestra Declaración de Apoyo a Santuario de Leaven Community y nos comprometemos a ejecutar el Santuario, según lo solicitado, de las siguientes maneras:

Estar presentes con aquellos en nuestras comunidades en acciones como acompañar a las personas a la corte, escribir cartas de apoyo, etc.

Respuesta rápida
Presentarnos para/con aquellos en nuestras comunidades que se enfrentan a la deportación y otras injusticias relacionadas con el estado de inmigración o país de origen. Esto podría tomar la forma de estar presente en lugares donde hay actividad ICE en nuestros barrios y / o en las propiedades y el edificio de Leaven Community / Salt & Light Lutheran Church.

Organizarnos para la reforma de la política de inmigración
Enraizarnos en nuestras propias historias de migración y en la historia de los inmigrantes que se entretejen a través de las narrativas e historias de nuestras tradiciones espirituales y de fe.
Escuchar profundamente de las historias de nuestros vecinos inmigrantes vulnerables mientras buscamos y desarrollamos relaciones auténticas y seguiendoles como líderes en este trabajo.
Construir el poder colectivo a través de la organización contemplativa y basada en las relaciones mientras trabajamos junto con los vecinos inmigrantes para cambiar los sistemas que oprimen y criminalizan y promulgan los que dan la bienvenida, conectan y afirman.

Espacio Seguro
Continuar con cultivar la seguridad para que las personas de todas las categorías humanas para ser quienes son y experimenten protección contra el daño, ya sea en el espacio relacional, en nuestro espacio físico o en reuniones fuera del edificio.

Ser solidario con otras Comunidades Santuario.Ser solidario con otras Comunidades Santuario
Estar dispuestas para apoyar a aquellos en nuestras comunidades en acciones tales como preparación de comida o acompañamiento para alguien en santuario en otro lugar o participación en acciones públicas

Santuario Físico
Proporcionar un santuario físico en nuestro edificio como lo piden nuestros miembros inmigrantes y vecinos. Sosteniendo santuario físico en nuestro edificio como lo piden nuestros miembros inmigrantes y vecinos

8. SEA RESUELTO que lo hagamos en asociación con nuestras comunidades y líderes inmigrantes y con el Movimiento Interfe por la Justicia del Inmigrante (IMIrJ); y

9. SE RESUELVE ASIMISMO que Leaven Community, que incluye Salt & Light Lutheran Church, alienta a todas las personas de buena voluntad a unirse y trabajar juntos para promover la compasión, la bondad amorosa y la comprensión en nuestra comunidad compartida, rechazando el odio y la división, como nos esforzamos por proteger las libertades que todos queremos.

10. RESUELVE OFICIAL Y PÚBLICAMENTE que este 1º día de octubre de 2017, los miembros de la Iglesia Luterana Salt & Light y los miembros de la Comunidad Leaven, accedamos por consenso a adoptar esta RESOLUCIÓN DE DECLARACIÓN SANTUARIO.

Join us in this work by sharing your gifts with others on the Sanctuary Lead Team.
Spanish language speakers contact Mira: miraconklin@yahoo.com
English language speakers contact LaVeta Gilmore Jones: lavetagj@leaven.org

Leaven Community is an IMIrJ* Sanctuary Cohort member
*Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice

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