The Church of the Saviour

The Church of the Saviour, Washington DC

The current structure of The Church of the Saviour is a “scattered community” of small independent churches. Having come from a common family history and vision, the churches and other affiliated communities share similar, but not identical, practices and commitments. Each is a unique local expression of the Body of Christ. The churches welcome your participation in their worship services, classes and other gatherings.

The Church of the Saviour History

Being part of a disciplined, committed, diverse, ecumenical church was an early dream of N. Gordon Cosby and Mary Campbell Cosby. As children growing up in Lynchburg, VA, during a time of explicit separateness among churches, races and classes, they dreamed of a church that would be unapologetically devoted to the reconciling way of Jesus.

Mary Campbell Cosby and Gordon Cosby

Gordon had a native curiosity and enthusiasm for race relations. When he was a teenager, he asked a rural African-American church who had no minister if he could be their preacher. They said they would give him a try and he preached there for two years. He and his older brother challenged each other to take seriously the evangelistic nature of the gospel, competing to share the Good News with at least one person each day, or pay a fine if they did not. Many nights, Gordon admitted, he would sneak out of the house from his second floor bedroom after curfew and go out in search of some “lost soul” so as to avoid paying the fine. A lonely night watchman down by the railroad got “saved” more than a few times, just to help Gordon out.

During World War II Gordon enlisted as a chaplain and served in the Glider Infantry Unit of the 101st Airborne Division. It was there that he became convinced of the futility of war and it was there that he saw how desperately people need a deeper experience of faith than most churches are structured to offer. He promised God that if he survived the war he would dedicate himself to the pursuit of creating new structures and methods which he hoped would give the church greater integrity and help people enter the depths of discipleship and find the life that sustains.

When he returned to the States in 1946, he and Mary began to act on their dream of a different kind of church. They started by hosting Sunday evening gatherings in restaurants and other borrowed spaces around Washington, DC. Several young people from the Baptist church that Mary’s father pastored in Alexandria formed the beginning nucleus, and in October of 1947 Gordon and Mary, along with seven others, made their first membership commitment as the founding members of The Church of the Saviour. From the beginning, church members sought to embody Christ in intentional ways, welcoming radical diversity and calling all to be ministers through the generous sacrifice of time, energy and resources.

From 1947 to 2009, the “home place”
Never owning a traditional church building, the community had a “headquarters” building, a small brownstone mansion near Dupont Circle, for teaching and training members for mission. In 1953 the church was legally incorporated, and although the center of their life and activity was in the city, that same year they felt guided to purchase over 200 acres of meadows and lakes and trees near Germantown, Maryland, where they would learn to rest and play and absorb the rhythms of nature. Recognizing the tendency to mistake busyness for meaningful engagement, Gordon wanted the community to learn to trust the slower rhythms of God. So they began to have silent retreats on the land as well as work parties. In 1956 a lodge was dedicated on a remote part of the land, followed in 1962 by an inn, and Dayspring Silent Retreat Center was born.

Dayspring Church Germantown MD

The sermon for Sunday, May 12, 2019. Reflections were shared on written cards, as seen in the picture, and during the sermon time on women who were mothers in our lives. One offering was the remembrance of a young son asking his mother, "What time is it?", with her answering, "Time to serve the Lord." (a preview of next week's sermon) Another who works at a retirement community shared the struggle and pain when adult children need to parent their frail parents; and for those mothers who came here from overseas for dire work, caring for others' parents, who can't be home to care for their own parents.
The Spirit of God was heard and felt throughout the service.

Via Recovery Cafe DC

Passing away of Jean Vanier - News - L'Arche internationale

"A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers [and sisters.]" -Jean Vanier, "Community and Growth"

Rest in Peace dear friend. Dear friends, We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jean Vanier. Jean passed away peacefully today Tuesday, May 7 at 2:10 am in Paris surrounded by some relatives. In recent days,...

Dayspring Church Germantown MD

The sermon for Sunday, May 5, 2019. Jim Nabors? What does he have to do with today's gospel*? Listen and be surprised as Christy Gordon shares a message about living into our own life with God.
* John 21:1-19

Upcoming Events — The Potter's House

Events at The Potter's House in May include regular yoga, author talks, a law and justice panel, Recovery Café, Death Café, Pay-it-forward Open Mic, letter writing night, and much more.

Two CoS churches also meet there weekly, Jubilee every Wednesday night at 6pm and Bread of Life Thursdays at 7pm, in the back room. All are welcome and invited! May 4 9:00 AM09:00 Saturday Morning Yoga Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 09:00 10:00 Google Calendar ICS Join us for a free weekly class featuring mindful flow yoga, space to breath and soul-stirring playlists. Brought to you by Urban Yoga Den (Holly Meyers) - community-driven yoga...anytime,...

[04/21/19]   "Come to me, all you who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death! On you has the light shone!
For Jesus Christ is the light of the world and this is the story:
the light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not put it out!
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.
I am the bright morning star."
We join with the angels in their shouts of praise;
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, Alleluia!"

Prayer of Invocation, 8th Day Church

Happy Easter! 🌟💛🙌

[04/19/19]   "When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." -John 19:30


Have a blessed Good Friday. May you know your sacred worth, and what was given out of love for you.

“Day after day we spend ourselves. Even when we are old and can only smile and breathe, our worth extends into hidden places beyond our knowing. Our worth is not ours. It belongs to Life. We are its treasures.”

-Gunilla Norris, "Sheltered in the Heart"

Jubilee Church, D.C.

Footwashing service tonight! 6pm in The Potter's House back room.

Such a beloved ritual representing the reversal of hierarchy and the meaning of servant leadership. Join us! Have a blessed Holy Week.

Dayspring Retreat Center :: Events for Dayspring

Retreats and day events are held at Dayspring Silent Retreat Center throughout the year, but Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit as the trees and flowers bloom. Check out the retreat schedule to see if you might want to join one. Happy Friday! Have a blessed weekend. 🙏 · Dayspring Retreat Center is an ecumenical retreat center hosting silent retreats for all who hunger to deepen their spiritual life through silence ·11301 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD 20876


New Community for Children -NCFC Summer Camp registration link:

[03/10/19]   "In you, O Christ, we find that we are one, whether east or west, whether parent or child, whether human or creature. Renew in us life's unity. Release in us again the mighty flow of the one river of faith. And set us free, O Christ, in love." -Closing Communion Prayer, 8th Day Faith Community

Blessings onto baby Santiago Miguel, who was baptized today at 8th Day! 😇🙏

Jubilee Housing

Our friends at Jubilee Housing know how critical the need is for affordable housing in Washington, D.C., and they are doing something about it!

Close to 250 people showed up to our wait-list opening to fill out applications. This was the first time in 10 yrs that Jubilee accepted housing applications!

[02/25/19]   Part of the CoS legacy is not to be self-contained, but to go out and develop our missional call in new places. Dawn Longenecker shares an update on recent activity in her Mennonite community around racial justice issues.

"Good progress happening at Hyattsville Mennonite Church on Race. Racial Justice Group leading Sun School Classes currently, building on work in years past. People are reading the book - So you want to talk about race by Ileoma Oluo - together. Woman's group met today to discuss racism. Pastor Cindy Lapp is dedicated to addressing this injustice in her sermons, Michelle, assistant pastor, is also committed to this priority. People are engaging more than I've ever seen here. We have a long ways to go. However, I'm pleased that this church community is as engaged as it is :)"

The Mayor's Interfaith Council - Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments - Career Page

The Mayor's Office is soliciting applications for its Interfaith Council. Can you think of anyone in your community that would enjoy "E. Promoting spirituality, accountability and integrity among the faith and governmental leadership in the District;"... and "I. Advocating on behalf of people who are poor and disenfranchised;" among other duties? Please share! You can submit your resume by visiting this link. If you know anyone who would be a great fit for this position, please pass the link along. Thanks!

Greening Your Money: A Workshop

"Greening Your Money: A workshop on leveraging your money to create a positive social and environmental impact

Our faith traditions invite us to live out our values in the world in every aspect of our lives; but what is our money doing in the world on our behalf?

What do the funds we have in savings or investments really support, and how can we ensure those dollars are helping to care for our neighbors and all Creation?

Please join Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) and the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church Environmental Justice Ministry for a practical workshop on bringing our banking and investing in line with our values.

The event will take place in Bethesda with a livestream for online participation.

- William Bruno, Green Eagle Financial
- Phil Church, individual social investor
- Intern Minister Christin Green, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist
- Mike Little, Faith and Money Network
- Joelle Novey, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
- Fran Teplitz, Green America

RSVP by Feb 21 to participate either in-person or online":

New issue of "Callings" is out! Learn more about the new Recovery Cafe DC, Jean's Earthen Hands pottery shed at Dayspring, Overlook co-resident Catalina and the one-year memorial celebration for Kayla held there, Bokamoso, and more.

Prayer Is An Egg - Rumi

"Don’t do daily prayers like a bird pecking, moving its head
up and down. Prayer is an egg.

Hatch out the total helplessness inside."

Rumi inspiration from Jacqie Wallen's Sunday sermon at Seekers Church. Hello Poets, It's spring, the spade stands ready, the seeds are waiting. Rumi warns of the danger of delay and denial. Best, Sam Praye...

Call For Art — New Community ArtSpace

CoS has several art spaces for creating and showing work including Seekers Church, The Festival Center, The Potter's House, and New Community Artspace. New Community, which has a studio available to the public, is calling for submissions by Feb. 11 for their "Common Threads" fiber art show. New Community ArtSpace is seeking storytellers and visual artists interested in participating in a temporary exhibition opening March 2019.  This year’s theme will focus on rugs.  The rug symbolizes the roots of our values and how they begin to develop.  Visual artists are welcome to submit “...

Bokamoso is Here! Events Through 2/13 | Inward/Outward

The Bokamoso Youth Foundation is visiting D.C. from South Africa for the next few weeks! Three performances have been announced. Enjoy their spirited music and dance with members of Seekers Church, with whom Bokamoso have a long standing partnership. Bokamoso Youth, South Africa On Thursday, January 24, from 6-8pm the Bokamoso dance troupe will perform at the South African Embassy. They will also perform


To see how you can become involved in the transformative work of Recovery Café in D.C., connect with the local expressions of Recovery Cafe DC (place), Recovery Cafe DC (events) on Facebook or their website, Be whole and be well friends!

“When William received some bad news, he took off and got loaded. Typically when someone relapses it may take weeks or months from them to find their way back to recovery and stability. William was sitting on the front step the very next day. I asked him what accounted for his being able to return from relapse so quickly. He replied, “This is the first time anyone cared when I returned or not.””

-Killian Noe, "Descent into Love: How Recovery Café Came To Be"

Join us as we celebrate and bless Ian McPherson, 2014-15 Discipleship Year volunteer, who today was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Ian will be serving in youth ministry at United Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Here I am Lord." 😇 ➕


“If I try to be or do something noble that has nothing to do with who I am, I may look good to others and to myself for a while. But the fact that I am exceeding my limits will eventually have consequences. I will distort myself, the other, and our relationship—and may end up doing more damage than if I had never set out to do this particular ‘good.’ When I try to do something that is not in my nature or the nature of the relationship, way will close behind me. …When the gift I give to the other is integral to my own nature, when it comes from a place of organic reality within me, it will renew itself—and me—even as I give it away.”

-Parker Palmer, "Let Your Life Speak"


"Today we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany: the mystery of God’s revelation in the form of the Christ child. The ancient story foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures and told anew in the gospel of Matthew (2:1-12) has been sung throughout the ages, portrayed in numerous works of art, and reenacted in many a school play–Magi journeying from afar, following the luminous star of the Holy One, to pay homage to a newborn savior king with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh...." -Trish Stefanik, Overlook Retreat House at Dayspring

[01/06/19]   Thank you to Trish and Catalina who hosted us at Overlook Retreat House at Dayspring for a song and spirit-filled remembrance gathering for Kayla, on the eve of the one year anniversary of her death, and Epiphany. The music plays on!

"My life goes on in endless song
Above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it's music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness 'round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?"

[12/31/18]   As we prepare to enter the new year, here's a "Note to Self" tip list for remaining grounded in the Spirit from a longtime CoS member.

"To keep my equilibrium, I have to remember the way I have come and who brought me here, which helps to keep me grounded.

-Practice of Silence
-Listening for God in the silence
-A word from Scripture
-Continuously practicing the Presence
-Daily affirmations and calling forth possibilities in all circumstances
-Leaving negativity behind—in thinking, in associates
-“Learning to catch the wind of the Spirit”
-Praying the difficult situations and distractions– seeing how God manifests in and through them
-In “lapses” of focus, a gentle return to the center
-Practicing daily gratitude and thanksgiving for God’s mercies, grace, and provision
-Forgiving myself and others
-Knowing that prayer is always answered. This is not wishful thinking. It is the reality of my personal experience to be claimed at all times. It is the stuff of life.
-Learning to leave behind the things that distract from the central focus of living in the Divine Presence
-Keep reading
-Don’t be too hard on yourself
-Getting used to being alone and devoting time to hallowing these circumstances
-Gratitude for what I have and not focusing on what I do not have
-Celebrating how resources manifest, are created and flow to achieve ends

This is just my road map– always being updated in the moment, as the spirit directs.”

[12/30/18]   "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." -Colossians 3:12-17

[12/26/18]   Merry Christmas! May Christ's peace be with you. 🌟🙏💕

Jim Knight - Washington Business Journal

Congratulations Jim Knight and Jubilee Housing on Jim's 2018 C-Suite Award, Non Profit category honoree. Learn more about what this great organization does providing affordable housing in D.C. and what drives Jim's passion.

"That was really the big shift, seeing life through their eyes. I realized for the most part people needed Jubilee Housing because the system didn’t work for them." Jim Knight,

Career Opportunities - L'Arche Greater Washington, DC

Our sister community L'Arche Greater Washington, DC is seeking to fill positions in communications and recruitment at their nearby office as well as assistants in local group homes. Theirs is a beautiful witness to wholeness!

At Home Among the Animals – Dec. 7, 2018 | Inward/Outward

"In the fullness of time, the Christmas story says, a girl gave birth ringed by animals. She lay the baby in one of their feeding troughs, where animal bodies would warm the air around his fresh-born human body. Mother and child fell asleep and woke to their chuffs and shuffling hooves, their calls and the shuddering of their hides… To recognize him they should look for a child at home among animals.” -Gayle Boss, "All Creation Waits" "In the fullness of time, the Christmas story says, a girl gave birth ringed by animals. She lay the baby in one of their feeding troughs, where animal bodies

Near As the Leaf on a Tree | Inward/Outward

"Don’t let your fears lead to despair or distractions. Instead, notice the small signs of life. Pay attention to buds of newness against the naked sky. Listen for the heartbeat of life beneath a snowy crust. The realm of God is as near as the leaf on a tree." -Marjory Bankson, Seekers Church The slow work of winter curls inward as Advent begins. It is a season for hibernation and gestation too.

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