Farewell, Gordon Cosby

N. Gordon Cosby,  prophetic voice for church renewal and founding minister of The Church of the Saviour in 1947,  died on Wednesday,  March 20,  at the age of 95. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday,  April 6,  at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington,  DC. (http://www.inwardoutward.org/2013/03/21/depths)

Gordon and his wife Mary founded the Church of the Saviour in Adams Morgan in 1947. That movement now includes Christ House, Jubilee Jobs, The Potters House, and a wide variety of  other loving ministries in Washington, DC. In 1994, the Church of the Saviour-at-worship became a "scattered community," which now includes nine church congregations throughout the city. Even for those of us who only met Gordon briefly and in his old age, his legacy will be one of intensive humility and a foundational belief in Jesus' compassion and His ability to save poor and rich alike. 

The Washington Post carries the reflections of Dean Snyder, pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church.

Patheos.com carries an article by Ellen Painter Dollar, whose life and depth were nurtured early in the Church of the Saviour community, and a tribute by Durham, NC writer Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

Christian Century carries a piece celebrating Gordon Cosby's essence--one of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

The Huffington Post carries grateful reflections by Dee Dee Risher of The Simple Way and CONSPIRE magazine.

The church of God carries a great debt to this insightful and humble servant of Jesus Christ.


John Marienau Turpin