Fancy Newsletters

October 2021- “Somebody Should Do Something!”

We did a little survey as part of our Fancy 25th festivities last spring (thanks to everyone who replied!).  We asked three questions: 1) What do you love most about Salem-Keizer? 2) What is the biggest challenge facing our community?  And, 3) What can SLF do to help...

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Back to School- Sept. 2021

A modern parable that might be helpful to parents of teens ... It was Andrew’s sophomore or junior year at North.  Samuel was off to Seattle Pacific, which meant all of our parental affection (and radar) was focused on Andrew.  One night he was heading out with some...

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July/August 2021: When Did Vulgar become a Virtue?

How did we all get so ... vulgar?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Certainly...

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June 2021- A Quarter Century of Bridge Building

We had big plans for SLF’s 25th-anniversary celebration at the Salem Convention Center.  For the second year in a row, Covid-19 kept the ballroom doors closed.  Not only for SLF, but all nonprofits and ministries.  This pales in comparison to the losses and sacrifices...

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May 2021- Naming Some Names Over 25 Years

(A genesis story, Part 2) One of the more fascinating elements of Scripture is the collection of genealogies that appear in both the Old and New Testaments.  Long lists of names that usually get overlooked ... I hadn’t given them much heed until I read a commentary by...

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Sam’s Blog

November 2021- THANKS for Helping us Serve ‘Our New Neighbors’

Last month marked two amazing milestones.  First, the five-year anniversary of the founding of Salem For Refugees (SFR).  And second, the awarding of SFR’s stand-alone 501(c)3 status as a tax-exempt nonprofit!  Salem Leadership Foundation was proud to team up with...

October 2021- “Somebody Should Do Something!”

We did a little survey as part of our Fancy 25th festivities last spring (thanks to everyone who replied!).  We asked three questions: 1) What do you love most about Salem-Keizer? 2) What is the biggest challenge facing our community?  And, 3) What can SLF do to help...

Back to School- Sept. 2021

A modern parable that might be helpful to parents of teens ... It was Andrew’s sophomore or junior year at North.  Samuel was off to Seattle Pacific, which meant all of our parental affection (and radar) was focused on Andrew.  One night he was heading out with some...

July/August 2021: When Did Vulgar become a Virtue?

How did we all get so ... vulgar?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Certainly...

June 2021- A Quarter Century of Bridge Building

We had big plans for SLF’s 25th-anniversary celebration at the Salem Convention Center.  For the second year in a row, Covid-19 kept the ballroom doors closed.  Not only for SLF, but all nonprofits and ministries.  This pales in comparison to the losses and sacrifices...

May 2021- Naming Some Names Over 25 Years

(A genesis story, Part 2) One of the more fascinating elements of Scripture is the collection of genealogies that appear in both the Old and New Testaments.  Long lists of names that usually get overlooked ... I hadn’t given them much heed until I read a commentary by...

April 2021- Where are the Churches?

                                                                           (A genesis story, Part 1) In the mid-1990s, a headline in the Statesman Journal shocked the community. “Youth Gangs Plague Salem-Keizer.”  Gangs?  In our small, beautiful city?  With eight...

March 2021-Small Things Lead to Big Things in Shalom, OR

At SLF we have a little thing called the ‘Fancy Bus Tour.’ Maybe you’ve been on one.  When things open up, we’ll kick-start the engines and get back out on the road.  It’s a little bit history, a little bit theology, and a lot of neighborhood as we visit some...

February 2021- Understanding Salem’s History to Build Shalom today

Some people know that Jennifer and I love antiques.  Fiesta ware, Craftsman furniture, old photos and postcards—we especially treasure artifacts of Salem’s history.  One day, 16 years ago, I was at the Salem Collector’s Market at the Fairgrounds.  I was thrilled to...

January 2021- There’s Nothing New Under the Sun = Hope

2020 was quite a year.  Hard and harrowing in many ways.  A pandemic.  An economic collapse.  A summer of killings and protests.  A contentious Presidential election.  And to start the New Year, a mob assault on the Capitol and legislators.  Tumultuous times. One day...

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