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Our Saviour's Lutheran

Address:2315 Chicago Avenue
Baptized Membership:403
Confirmed Membership:302
Average Sunday Attendance:140
Paid Staff:Pastor, Business Manager (pt), Office Manager (pt), Director of Music (pt), Minister of Children, Youth and Family, shared with two other congregations in partnership (pt), Custodian (pt)
Access to Public Transit:On Chicago Avenue bus line.
Congregation Description:Our Saviour's (OSLC), a Reconciling in Christ congregation, is a lively and engaged urban congregation. Most of our members live approx. 3 or more miles away from the church and make a significant investment of time in order to be actively engaged. Our worship is both solidly liturgical as well as creative, dynamic and eclectic, with a strong "global" flavor. We rarely just "go through the motions!" While most of our members are white, we have a solid group of Liberian members who are very loyal and devoted to this church. Our location in the heart of the larger Phillip's neighborhood keeps us surrounded by the ever changing immigrant population finding their way into this community. One of our sister organizations, the English Learning Center, grew out of this continuing relationship with non-English speaking neighbors who enter our building daily for English, math, citizenship and computer education. Our neighborhood is a diverse mix of ages, cultures, religions, and economic groups, most of whom choose to live here out of appreciation for that very diversity. While we don't draw many worshippers from the neighborhood, we are an intentionally hospitable place, and continue to seek ways to be in relationship with our neighbors. Our Saviour's Emergency Shelter grew out of this congregation's history of serving the needs of our neighbors. The English Learning Center and Our Saviour's Housing became a separate non-profit, Our Saviour's Community Services, several years ago. Though there is still a close relationship between the organizations, more of OSLC's work now often is in areas of advocacy than in meeting immediate needs.
Those who worship here span a broad spectrum of ages. Older members keep us grounded in our 140+ years of history. Active "middle age" and young families create strong bonds of caring, and we currently have an ever growing population of young adults finding their way to our sanctuary through various connections. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present and active in worship - AS CHILDREN! Our new long-range plan, "Visioning Our Future" captures our renewed commitment to ministry in this neighborhood for the sake of this community and in service to the larger church. We are excited to be growing in our understanding of what it means to be followers of Christ, from this corner, at this time!
Congregation Keywords:urban, multi-cultural, reconciling in Christ, progressive, advocacy, social justice, eclectic, welcoming,

Mentor Pastor: Laurie Eaton
Phone:612 - 871-2967
Years in Ordained Ministry:9
Years in Current Position:3
Previous Students Supervised:5
Autobiography:After 20 years of trying to avoid the call to ministry I finally gave in and have found it to be more engaging, challenging, interesting and life-giving than I ever imagined! I attended Luther Seminary as a "second-career" student, my first career being raising my four children who are now young adults. I served my first call for six years at Gethsemane Lutheran church in Hopkins, as Associate Pastor with three different senior colleagues. I have been serving at Our Saviour's for almost three years, and I feel continual blessed to be part of this enthusiastic, thoughtful and committed congregation. 2010 was my first year of supervising seminary students as a Teaching Congregation and I am energized by the exchange. I served as a TA for several of my professors during seminary, have an undergraduate degree in education, and considerable life experience.
"Christian Century" is a good snapshot of the kind of professional reading I tend towards. I am interested in issues of justice and women's perspectives on theology, to name just a couple. I love to teach, preach, and lead worship and am currently pondering how to engage this congregation in deeper conversation and growth in faith. For the past five years I have been significantly involved with ISAIAH, a coalition of congregations working on public issues from a faith perspective. I emphasize a living faith in Christ that seeks to make a genuine difference in this world, and I want to work in partnership with other faith communities.
Personal interests and passtimes include deep conversation with friends over coffee or a glass of wine, walking, biking, reading, and just "hanging out" with my young adult children whenever possible.
I am extraordinarily grateful that I get to do this work!