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

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Salt & Light Lutheran


The Lutheran worshipping congregation within the larger Leaven Community.
Sundays,10ish-11:30ish AM
Melissa O. Reed, Pastor, Salt & Light Lutheran Church
Leaven Community Co-Director and Organizer

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.


Welcome brothers and sisters! If you enter building from the parking lot, walk down the hallway to the front of the building. All are invited to write our names on name tags. Coffee and tea is available and can be taken into the sanctuary.

Art Table
There is a table with art suppolies where anyone can sit down and be creative during the service.

Our Children
Our children are a precious, lively part of our community. During the service, they gather on the Wondering Time quilt with Pastor Melissa for conversation. They then have the option to leave the service and engage in story and community building activities with other kids. They return during the offering to participate in communion and the remainder of the gathering.

During this time, Pastor Melissa reflects on the scripture through story and invites us to enter into the experience by sharing our stories and reflections with one another.

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

After the service, folks can continue to deepen relationships while snacking on refreshments.

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

You are welcome as you are. We 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 on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:50 am and on the first Sunday of the month from 12noon to 12:45 pm. Contact our musician, Ali, for more details:

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

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