Welcome to Leaven Community

We invite you to BE, LOVE and ACT TOGETHER…deepening relationships, building community and creating change for more equitable, diverse, thriving neighborhoods for all.


Deepen RelationshipS

BE wholly us as we deepen relationships in spaces of spiritual wisdom and shared story.

Bras, Bibles, & Brew

Salt & Light Lutheran

Waking Up Community Meditation


Build Community

Build community power as LOVE transforms stranger into neighbor and neighbor into companion.

Intercambio de Cully -
Cully Language Exchange

NAT: Neighbors Acting Together

Swap’n’Work and Play (SWAP)



ACT together in neighborhood and citywide actions to create more spaces for life to thrive against all odds.

Acción Intercultural con Corazón - Intercultural Action with Heart

Land and Housing Organizing

Sanctuary Organizing

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Summer Sabbath
Keeping Holy Space and Time

This summer we invite you to practice Sabbath…Rest, together. Sabbath is found in nature and practiced in many traditions and cultures throughout time.

Notice the life that happens when the sun comes up and we rise, again.
What are practices that have helped you to slow down
and attend to the life right around you and within you?
To stop and rest and play and delight?
To honor your limits and enjoy your body and soul
and the relationships around you?

How might you practice Sabbath this summer? Is there a time every day you could devote to Sabbath -- moments of stopping?
What might you do to mark that time?
(Excerpt from Melissa Reed Sermon 7/14/2019)

Following are Sabbath practices for mindful breathing from two Leaven Community spiritual circles.
Salt & Light Lutheran and Waking Up Meditation.
Breathing Life In & Out Mindfulness of Breathing

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Leaven Community’s “Everybody Read Book'“

Summer Sabbath is a time to slow down and reflect together. This year's "Leaven Everybody Reads Book" is Emergent Strategy -- a powerful book by adrienne marie brown, in which she writes "If love were the central practice of a new generation of organizers and spiritual leaders, it would have a massive impact on what was considered organizing. If the goal was to increase the love, rather than winning or dominating a constant opponent, I think we could actually imagine liberation from constant oppression." Why not pick up a copy and get reading before the summer is over!

Leaven Community Calendar


When we bring our money together in the spirit of community we create good things in the world.

  • Pathways for exploring how to BE

  • Community growing in LOVE

  • Relationships igniting us to ACT

You are Invited to the stories of these Leaven Community members.