We are a collection of leaders from faith and community-based institutions in Clackamas County. We gather together around the practices of community organizing to leverage our land and our resources for the purposes of the housing needs of our neighbors.
We are rooted in the work of being anti-racist, of acknowledging that the land we are leveraging was first stolen from our indigenous siblings. We are working on understanding that fast and speedy work is never equitable work. We go slow to go far. We go slow to be equitable. We go slow to build a new way of building community. We work together so that all Oregonians might come home.
How We Work
We are nested within A broader coalition Our local Clackamas Land and Housing Cohort exists within an even larger web called the Leaven Land and Housing Coalition whose work stretches across the PNW.
We are made up of: Core Teams
A core team is a team of people from a faith community (or neighborhood organization) who listen to the needs of their neighborhood to discern how they can leverage their resources for the good of the community.
Our current Core Teams:
Oak Grove United Methodist
Milwaukie Lutheran Church
King of King's Lutheran Church
Prince of Life Lutheran Church
St. Paul United Methodist
Land Geneaology and Anti-racist lenses Core Team
We are led by a: County Design Team
This is a team of organizers who support the core teams within their county. This team:
Provides leadership and learning for cohort gatherings
Walks alongside each core team as they discern the movement of their neighborhood
Supports the cohort in shared action
Design Team Members:
Sara Gross Samuelson
We work alongside: Co-Conspirators
Our co-conspirators are professionals from local direct service or community organizations whose expertise and position in the housing development world lends power to our process.
Together we operate like a team of: forest foragers
Road Map for the Year
Our cohort gatherings are on the second Thursday of every month.
September | Kickoff/Taste and See: All Coalition Gathering October | Thursday, 10/14 - 6-7:30pm | Relational one-to-ones and building a core team November | Thursday, 11/11 - 6-7:30pm | Finding Patterns in one to ones + asking more powerful Qs December | Thursday, 12/9 - 6-7:30pm | Land geneaologies + antiracist lenses January | Thursday, 1/13 - 6-7:30pm | How power works + power mapping February | Thursday, 2/10 - 6-7:30pm | House Meetings + Systemic pressures March | Thursday, 3/10 - 6-7:30pm | Research meetings + Funding pathways April | Thursday, 4/14 - 6-7:30pm | Issue cuts + determining action May | Thursday, 5/12 - 6-7:30pm | Public Story + Turnout + Invitation June | Thursday, 6/9 - 6-7:30pm | Celebration + Teaching Harvest: All Coalition Gathering July and August: Sacred Pause and Design team cultivation/retreat