June 21, 2013

video: Discipleship builds the capacity to "do"

Watch Gordon Cosby and Washington's Church of the Savior on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

When reflecting on ministry with young adults recently, I referenced the need for integration. By this, I meant the integration between Christian worship and everyday life. This is, in short, what "discipleship" means in the Christian tradition. The Episcopal Church is known for being one of the most liberal Christian expressions. And it is often said that progressive Christian expressions have little to no interest in discipleship, more concerned with social justice than personal piety–as if the two were principles diabolically opposed to each other. But as the video above shows, this doesn't have to be the case. The legacy of Gordon Cosby and Church of the Savior are a testament to this. Gordon passed away earlier this year but Church of the Savior will, I imagine, continue to be an expression of Christianity that values robust personal discipleship along with a progressive social agenda. How might we do the same?