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Portland, OR  97211
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Sanctuary

Joint Meeting to Call for Consensus
Leaven Community Membership
Salt & Light Lutheran Congregation

RESOLUTION FOR SANCTUARY DECLARATION
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017
12 Noon

5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

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Leaven Community leaders at Portland City Hall

There will be a joint Leaven Community membership and Salt and Light Lutheran Congregational meeting at 12 noon on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Leaven Community to call for consensus around the proposed Leaven Community Resolution for Sanctuary Declaration.

Over the last two months we have engaged in community conversations around the ways Leaven Community is being Sanctuary. A draft Resolution for Declaring Sanctuary was presented at the September 19th community conversation and members will use our consensus process for determining the final Resolution for Sanctuary Declaration at the October 1st meeting. Document Links for the draft Resolution for Sanctuary Declaration and Sanctuary Frequently Asked Questions are on the bottom of this page. 

Click here to become an official Leaven Community member. Leaven Community members commit to having at least 3 relational conversations per year, participating in at least 3 Leaven Community events per year and giving a financial gift of record at least once per year. We will welcome and celebrate new members at the annual membership meeting in November.


LEAVEN COMMUNITY SANCTUARY ASSEMBLY
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017
2-4 pm

5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

English to Spanish Translation and Childcare Provided
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Invite your friends to come with you to hear stories, share your stories and commit to acting as Sanctuary with Leaven Community and our larger IMIrJ Network at our Sanctuary Assembly on Sunday, October 15th, 2-4pm. We will also learn about one of Leaven Community's emerging sanctuary actions for building affordable housing in Portland as we make sure all people, regardless of status, can afford to live in Portland.

“The thing that separates us so many times is ...when we don’t see the human being on the other side. We don’t see them as being them...we see them as an idea." (Trevor Noah)


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 by sharing your gifts with others on the Sanctuary Lead Team. Contact Mira or LaVeta for more information!

Sanctuary Lead Team
Spanish language speakers contact Mira: miraconklin@yahoo.com
English language speakers contact LaVeta Gilmore Jones: lavetagj@leaven.org


IMIrJ Sanctuary Cohort Gathering at Leaven Community

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

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