Debbie Leighton moved to Portland in the early 1980s, where she was a member of Woodfords Congregational Church and joined the Feminist Spiritual Community. It was there that she met Eleanor “Elly” Humes Haney. Leighton worked with Haney and the Feminist Spiritual Community throughout the 1980s and 90s on a variety of projects, including Astarte Shell Press and the Center for Vision and Policy. Leighton discusses both her and Haney’s decision to leave the Feminist Spiritual Community, and their later work through the Neighborhood United Church of Christ in Bath. This work included the church’s move to go through the open and affirming process in the mid-90s, as well as work with the United Voice Community Land Trust.