About Us

Leaven Community nurtures connection with humanity, cosmos and spirit and creates spaciousness for people to BE, LOVE & ACT TOGETHER through the deeply spiritual organizing practices of Listening, Discerning, Acting, Evaluating and Celebrating. These practices are interwoven in all aspects of our community life and in our organizing cycle; our core process.

Recognizing our complicity in racist systems that oppress, harm and steal life, we commit to transforming ourselves and to taking actions that resist, disrupt, and heal these broken systems. We invite you to experience the transforming power of our organizing practices as we co-create, with neighbors and allies, more equitable, diverse, thriving neighborhoods. All life depends on it. Read more about our community organizing.

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Location

 

5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-7553

Leaven Community Membership

We invite you into this Leaven Community movement and membership in many ways, and specifically, over the coming year by, committing to:

  • BE-ing and deepening relationship; engaging in relational-intentional-conversations with three or more people.

  • LOVE-ingly building community power; participating in Leaven Community circles/activities three or more times.

  • ACT-ing together with community in gratitude and joy; making one or more financial gifts of record to Leaven Community.

    If you want to covenant with others in living into this vision, click the button below and we will contact you for a conversation.


2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tshombe Brown
Board Secretary
Tshombe is the Program Manager for Community Partnerships at University of Portland. He connected with Leaven Community as a Leaven Community Common partner when he worked for Portland Fruit Tree Project. He studied Linguistics & Spanish at Western Washington University and enjoys working out, urban hikes, gardening, sticking his feet in freezing water, eating sushi, and full-belly laughs….especially his own.

Eva DeCesaro
Eva is connected with Leaven Community through the Bras, Bibles and Brew community, a Leaven Community feminist circle. She and her spouse are avid Salsa dancers and hold impromptu Salsa lessons for folks at Leaven Community Intercambio and other events. She is committed to creating change in our neighborhoods through her involvement on the Diversity and Equity team.

Eric Conklin
Board President
Eric is a commissioned deacon in the United Methodist Church who first connected with Leaven Community through the Salt & Light Lutheran community. He is freshly employed by the United Methodist Church to develop a Portland hub for new monastic living, study, and experimentation on behalf of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. He is committed to creating change in our neighborhoods through his involvement on the Land and Housing Research Action team. He enjoys hiking and camping with his son, friends and family.

Luz Maribel Gomez
Board Vice-President

Luz is a community organizer who connected with Leaven Community through Neighbors Acting Together. She was a teacher and union activist in Honduras and has a long history of organizing for immigrant rights in the United States and Honduras. She loves being outside, gardening, cooking and being a mom to her children.

Marcy Haugh
Board Member
Marcy is a social worker who first connected with Leaven Community through Bras, Bibles and Brew, a Leaven Community feminist circle. She completed her MSW at Loyola University of Chicago and spent time volunteering and attending language school in Guatemala. She is committed to creating change in our neighborhoods through her involvement with Board activities. She and her spouse often spend their free time camping, kayaking, traveling, or adventuring.

Joe Morgan
Board Treasurer

Joe first connected with Leaven Community through the Salt & Light Community. was born and raised in Virginia, attended college and graduate school in New York and Virginia,

Susan Shephard
Board Member

Susan is a retired oncology nurse who first connected with Leaven Community through the Salt & Light community. Her first degree was earned at Earlham College (BA in English). This small Quaker school cemented a commitment to activism and non-violence. Many non-academic hours were spent marching for civil rights and protesting the war in Vietnam. The serious illness of her youngest daughter who received a liver transplant in 1988, sent Susan back to school for a degree in nursing at OHSU. Susan and her spouse love visiting with their children and grandchildren and she is an accomplished knitter of  hats and scarves.

 Eric, Board President; Luz, Board Vice-President, John, Facilities Co-Chair; Melissa, Leaven Community Co-Director/Organizer; LaVeta, Leaven Community Co-Director/Organizer.

Eric, Board President; Luz, Board Vice-President, John, Facilities Co-Chair; Melissa, Leaven Community Co-Director/Organizer; LaVeta, Leaven Community Co-Director/Organizer.