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Japanese Community Church and the Japanese Community in Salem

Salem’s Japanese community emerged around 1920 when Roy Kinzaburo Fukuda emigrated to the Salem area. Fukuda (pictured right) had lived near Brooks since the early 1900’s, and around 1920 had come to farm the fertile black soil of the Lake Labish area north of Salem....

Mark O. Hatfield

It was the 1965 Governor’s Conference. The highest executives of all fifty US states were gathered in Los Angeles for this important annual convening. This year an important topic was on the table: the Vietnam War. With the US nearing the peak of its involvement in...

Obed & Charlotte Dickinson and the African American Community

Before Oregon had even attained statehood, what would become our home state had already passed various acts and laws forbidding African Americans from either living in the Oregon Country or moving into it. One even authorized the county constable to give non compliant...

The Breaking of the Bread

Was it just tradition and preference that caused me to yearn? Or something deeper.

The Art of Neighboring

The premise is simple. Get to know the people and families on your block.

SLF’s Political Agenda

With politics dominating the headlines and the newscasts, I’ve been thinking about a meeting I had several years ago. The community organizer from Portland was putting together a faith-based coalition, and he wanted to identify the key players in Salem.  SLF is always...

Three Epiphanies

Not just the high-needs inner-city neighborhoods, but all neighborhoods across Salem-Keizer. Every neighborhood has assets; every neighborhood has needs. The trick is to organize, energize and deploy the ‘indigenous assets’ so that the ‘indigenous needs’ are met. At this point, SLF stopped deploying the ‘suburban-assets/inner-city-need’” methodology. We now ask everyone, every church, every business, every agency: “What’s Your Neighborhood?”