Remembering Kayla McClurg

Kayla McClurg

Kayla McClurg

Information provided by Dolly and Will Cardwell, and by Church of the Saviour

Note: An afternoon of remembrance is planned for Saturday, March 24, at Wellspring Conference Center at Dayspring in Germantown, Maryland. Questions can be directed to Church of the Saviour.

Our beloved Kayla McClurg, creator and editor of Inward/Outward, died in Washington, DC on January 6 following complications from congestive heart failure. She was at peace and was accompanied in her final days by an around-the-clock vigil of community members. She was four days short of her 63rd birthday.

Kayla McClurg


Kayla was administrative assistant to Gordon Cosby following the death of Elizabeth O’Conner, and was later administrator of the Church of the Saviour. She was the resident hostess at Andrews House and spiritual mentor to many through her daily inspirational quotes and a weekly homily on her website, Kayla was also minister at The Church of the Saviour, co-founder of Overlook Retreat House, and a gifted author, preacher, and teacher. Her most recent mission, with Trish Stefanik, was welcoming retreat participants to Overlook Retreat House at Dayspring Retreat Center in Germantown, Maryland.

Kayla was also the catalyst to get more than 2,200 sermons from Church of the Saviour online at She was pleased to complete this project prior to the death of Gordon Cosby.

The Winter 2017 edition of the newsletter Callings in the Church of the Saviour features Kayla’s amazing life. Click the button to download those pages as a PDF. Download “Callings”


Larry Farmer Receives 2017 Peace Award

The Lynchburg Peace Education Center has given its 2017 Peace Award to Larry Farmer.

In a program held at the First Unitarian Church on December 31, 2017, Everett Heath, President of the LPEC, made the presentation.

Everett Heath (left) presents the 2017 Peace Award to Larry Farmer (right). – Photo by Will Cardwell

While accepting the award, Larry spoke of early experiences with birding and nature, leading to his biology degrees, college teaching, and taking stands for conservation, peace, and justice.

Since 1983, the LPEC has worked in the area to promote a more peaceful community, region, nation, and world. The organization promotes peace with activities that include hosting international dinners and peace vigils, and awarding the annual Peace Prize to a deserving individual or group.


Pastor Dan’s Installation

The installation of the Rev. Dan Harrison was held on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Above: Photos by Linda Russell.  Below: Listen to All Presentations

Welcome by Will Cardwell (2:15)
Mr. Cardwell represents the Church of the Covenant

Ruth Harrison

Prayer by Ruth Harrison (1:28)
Ruth is married to the Rev. Dan Harrison. They have four children: Daniel, Elijah, Isaiah, and Daniela.

Interfaith Words of Encouragement from Rabbi John Nimon (2:46)
Rabbi Nimon serves Agudath Sholom Congregation in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Interfaith Words of Encouragement from Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid (4:02)
Shaykh Rashid is an authorized Sufi Shaykh, serving The World Community in Bedford, Virginia.

Scripture Reading by Daniela Carolina Harrison (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-48) (2:23)
Daniela is the daughter of Rev. Dan and Ruth Harrison.

Sermon by The Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore "This Treasure, This Mystery" (24:59)
Rev. Hatfield Moore is pastor of Hillsville Christian Church, Hillsville, Virginia.

Ceremony of Installation: Will Cardwell, Rev. Yvonne Riddick, and Rev. Coretha Loughridge (8:50)
At left is Rev. Coretha Loughridge, representing the Virginia Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Presentation by Rev. Yvonne Riddick (1:21)
Rev. Riddick represents the Eastern North Carolina Association of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Benediction by Will Cardwell (:17)


Memorial Service for Don Morrison

Don Morrison

The Church of the Covenant will hold a memorial service in celebration of the life of The Rev. L. Donald Morrison on Sunday, September 10, at 2:00pm at The Lodge of the Fishermen. Paul Henderson will conduct the service. There will be a reception after the service. Please join us in honoring the life of this extraordinary man.

Don died at his home on Friday, July 7, 2017. He is survived by his daughters, Teresa and her husband Raymond Kessler of Notasulga, Alabama; Dana Morrison of Glen Allen, Virginia; and Betsy Morrison of Concord, Virginia.

From his official obituary:

Laurence Donald Morrison, 93, of Appomattox, Virginia, died on Friday, July 7, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Mary Morrison. The Rev. Morrison was born on December 16, 1923, in Clarksville, Virginia, a son of the late Enoch Perego Morrison and Martha Jean Oslin Morrison. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a minister of Disciples of Christ Christian Churches of Virginia for 20 years. He became a member of Church of the Covenant after his retirement.