A BRIEF HISTORY OF
THE EIGHTH DAY FAITH COMMUNITY
The Church of the Saviour was founded by Gordon and Mary Cosby and others in 1948 out of a call to create a new church. The intent was to look back to the earliest Christian communities and try to imitate their strong communal ties and their individual and corporate commitment. The spirit-filled early church was a place where "the whole body of believers was united in heart and soul." (Acts 4:32)
In 1976 the Church of the Saviour divided into smaller communities in order to be more faithful to God's call to do justice and love mercy. The Eighth Day Faith Community was one of the first sister communities formed.
Eighth Day Faith Community was founded on July 18, 1976, by the following members: David Dorsey, Dottie Bockstiegel, Helen and Harold Carey, Allan and Phyllis Holt, David Fitch, Dennis and Jayne Wood, Elizabeth O'Connor, Thelma Jones, Bill and Betty Price, and Esther Dorsey. It began meeting at the Potter's House on Sunday morning and continues to do so now at 10:30 AM.
Eighth Day takes its name from the title of Elizabeth O'Connor's book, The Eighth Day of Creation. After God created the world in seven days, we humans became co-creators with God for the continuing creation of God's dream. We are one of nine independent church communities birthed by the Church of the Saviour. Each church has its own worship service and mission groups. To get to the church website, click on the name. To get a list of core members click on the "core members" link.
- Dayspring (core members)
- Festival Church (core members)
- Friends of Jesus (core members)
- Jubilee (core members)
- Lazarus Church (core members)
- The New Community (core members)
- Potter's House (core members)
- Seekers (core members).
To find out more about The Church of the Saviour, visit the Potter's House Bookstore Site for information on obtaining books by Elizabeth O'Connor (one of the founders of Eighth Day).