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Died: Gordon Cosby, Iconic D.C. Pastor Who 'Revolutionized' Christian Activism

Cosby integrated discipleship with social activism.

Iconic District of Columbia pastor and Christian social activist Gordon Cosby died this week, leaving behind a legacy of ministries across the nation's capital.

Cosby and his wife Mary founded Church of the Savior in Washington D.C.'s Addams Morgan neighborhood in the 1940s, and the church went on to form dozens of churches, charities, schools, and even a hospital for the homeless, Christ House, where Cosby himself died Wednesday. He was 94.

His ministry "foreshadowed both the missional and emergent church movements," according to Associated Baptist Press.

"Gordon Cosby and the Church of the Savior were one of the most important reasons that Sojourners decided to come to Washington in 1975. And we have been spiritually intertwined ever since," said Jim Wallis, who called Cosby the most Christian person he knew.

ABP wrote:

Cosby interpreted the call to discipleship as an integration of two journeys: an inward journey of growth in love of God, self and others, and an outward journey to mend creation. ...
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