Jennifer Caldwell reflects on finding a home at Church on The Square in Baltimore, Maryland.
Church on the Square (COTS) is rethinking church. Or, rather, this community church joint project of the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is opting for a return to a parish church model. Called to a neighborhood of Baltimore in an urban renaissance, COTS seeks to serve the Canton neighborhood, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Fells Point, Butcher’s Hill, Brewer’s Hill, Highlandtown and Patterson Park as a gathering place for intellectual discourse and spiritual practice to address social change, gentrification, resurgent racism, responsibility, etc. The lens that the church uses is Gospel. But, there is no bait and switch. Humble servant leadership to make sweeping community change is their goal. Following Jesus’ lead in action is their tactic, not their weapon for assimilation.