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We meet at 10am on Sundays at the Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Avenue, Portland, Oregon  97211

Salt & Light Lutheran



5431 NE 20TH AVE
Portland, Or 97211

Melissa O Reed, Pastor, Salt & Light Lutheran Church
Leaven Community Co-Director and Organizer




Love Has Come...A light in the darkness!

Come celebrate Christmas Eve among Salt & Light Lutheran Church and Leaven Community. Carols, Communion, Children and Candlelight.
All are welcome. 
Salt & Light Lutheran Church is a Lutheran (ELCA) Worshipping Congregation among the Leaven Community

We are a beloved community walking together along ancient paths of scripture and practice as God’s body of grace seeking God’s way of justice. We are a church broken open, unafraid to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit in our hearts and in creation; unafraid to act out of compassion toward a world that is just and free.

We are young and old. We celebrate traditions gifted to us from our ancestors and we explore creativity gifted to us by the Spirit. We aspire to embody openness, hospitality and love, as we are empowered by the grace we receive in the life and story of Jesus Christ, to whom we relate in a variety of ways: as brother, savior, teacher, God with us.

We hunger to be in relationship and to know better our creative and living God. We yearn for wholeness, to be reconciled with our neighbors, our community, our world, our earth, and` the cosmos.

Salt & Light is a Lutheran (ELCA) Worshipping Congregation among Leaven Community

Welcome friends, neighbors, and our Leaven Community brothers and sisters! Salt & Light Lutheran Church is the Lutheran worshipping congregation within the larger Leaven Community.

You are welcome in this community, to worship together, rise together and change together.

You are welcome as you areWe are young and old. We are traditional and we are abundantly creative. We share common struggles and joys, and we rejoice in our blessed differences.


You are welcome, wherever you are on your spiritual journey. On days of question and doubt, you are welcome. On days of mustard seed faith, you are welcome.

You are welcome to bring your whole self: your stories, your bodies, your questions, your head and your heart. We trust that God’s spirit is expressed in people in a beautiful bounty of ways, and we welcome and affirm people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds and life experiences. We honor and celebrate love and partnership in the many ways the Spirit breathes them into our lives.

You are welcome to explore! Our children are a precious, lively part of our community and our Sunday morning worship, and we invite you into wonderment with them as they worship God with their voices, laughter and bodies.

You are welcome to the table. All are welcome to Christ’s table in Holy Communion and to share in God's extravagant love—no exceptions.

All are welcome among Salt & Light Lutheran Church as we explore on Sundays—and throughout the week—the ways in which we are called to leaven God’s dreams in and with our community and our world.


All who like to sing and play an instrument are welcomed to the "Seat of Our Pants" choir. We rehearse at 9:00 am and at other agreed upon times. Contact our musician, Ali, for more details:

We are the Salt of the earth, gathered in presence of the Light of the world.


Click here to read Pastor Melissa's Sermons

Salt & Light/Leaven Community
5431 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-7553