Welcome to the website for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. We have been in central Phoenix for 60 years and are actively pursuing God's work for our community here and now. We believe that Jesus loves every one of us and wants us to share his love with others in intentional ways.
Please contact me if you would like to hear more about Lutherans, Our Saviour's, or Jesus' love for you!
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Karn S. Carroll
Our Sacred Story
When I was a child and would read the Bible, I asked my mom if God was a man and asked why God only seemed to talk to men. My mom told me that the “He” pronouns for God were generic and nothing to do with gender; she told me that “mankind” in the Bible referred to all people. As a child, I accepted this. Then I went to school and read the Constitution and founding documents with phrases like “all men are equal” and asked why women weren’t equal too. My teachers said “men” referred to all people. And I accepted this.
Then I grew up and learned that “mankind” did not actually refer to all people; that my church tradition counted women as less than and gave masculine qualities to God (although no one ever said “God is a man”). I learned that the founding fathers of my country did not mean all people when they said “all men are created equal”—they did not even mean “all men.” Although there are women filling every sort of role in Scriptures, I was taught that women were intended only to be wives and mothers. When I became neither a wife nor a mother, there ceased to be a place for me in the church. I lost my community.
The season of Lent (beginning on Feb 26 this year) is an introspective journey—an opportunity to examine our faith and I believe that begins with language.
There is a natural fear which accompanies the examination of self; we sometimes do not want to confront our demons. Generally, we’d prefer to pretend they didn’t exist. A friend of mine posted a meme the other day that read: “‘Personal Growth’ is misleading because it sounds like it’s going to be fun. But if we called it ‘deliberately making yourself so uncomfortable it’ll feel like you’re dying,’ nobody would do it and we’d be totally screwed.”
Language matters. This Lenten season, let us consider how we use our language. Do our words expand the Good News or do they limit it? Do our words communicate the all-inclusive, all-encompassing love and grace of our Creator or do they restrict this love to only a select few? Do our words create a space of welcome and safety or do they create barriers and fear? This is our church. We choose what we say.
Peace and Blessings, Pastoral Intern Libby Pfaff
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We are located at 1212 E Glendale Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(in North Central Phoenix.)
President of the Congregation: Sarah Morris
Vice-President: Bob Wendt
Secretary: Marcy Lopez
Treasurer: Don Gross
Members: Linda Arnold, Larry Christian, Stephen Darling,
Benetta Fugitt, DeWayne Smith, Ross Orr,
Jan Kohlmeyer and Stephanie Petrilli.