Remembering David Edwards

Our dearly beloved former minister, David Edwards, passed away on Monday morning, March 4, with Kaye Edwards at his side. Two memorial service will be held:

  • At the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse in Loretto, Kentucky on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 in the afternoon. A reception will follow.
  • At the University of Lynchburg Chapel on Saturday, July 27 at 1:30pm. A reception will follow.

Here is the obituary provided by his family:

David Livingston Edwards was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on December 29, 1947 to Rubye and Barnard Edwards, both now deceased. He is survived by his wife, Kaye; two children, Shelley Edwards (Tim Ketter), and Kent Edwards; two grandchildren, Arabella Ketter and Christopher Custers; sisters, Carol Edwards and Sylvia Mill along with Sylvia’s husband, children, and grandchildren. David graduated from Lynchburg College, Va. and from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Ky. He served churches in Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana. He and Kaye would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in December. A kinder, more peace-loving man would be hard to find. He adored his family. He loved fishing and singing (especially with children), hiking the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, taking walks in the woods and swimming in the ocean. He cherished quiet time alone, reading, and studying scripture, exploring the sacred writings of other religions, writing and composing music, and sitting to reflect and think. In the evenings, he enjoyed drinking a Manhattan and listening to classical music. Because of his deep commitment to the teaching of Jesus, he became a pacifist and a conscientious objector to all violence and war. During the time of the Vietnam War, he did two years of required alternative service to the draft by working as an orderly on the cardiac/surgical unit of Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Though David contributed in many ways to what is good in this world, he considered his work as a conscientious objector to be the most important contribution of his life. The cancer that took his life on Monday, March 4, 2019, did not take his loving, gentle spirit. He lives in our hearts. He lives through his commitment to peace and justice for all. He lives through his music and his writing. Two services of celebration for the life of David L. Edwards will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at Sister of Loretto Motherhouse Chapel and Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at The University of Lynchburg Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Loretto Headstart Program of Central Kentucky Community Action Council, 332 Hood Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033.

Listen to David and children singing Children Welcome:

And here is David singing his song And Now He’s Gone:


Service of Encouragement

On February 24, 2019, Church of the Covenant dedicated the Sunday morning service to the appreciation of Rev. David Edwards and to encouragement to David and Kaye Edwards as David continues to battle cancer at their home in Loretto, Kentucky.

All portions of that service are available in the audio segments below. The musicians are Alys Hickcox, piano; Genivieve Starbuck, recorder; Joey Hammonds, guitar; Dan Harrison, guitar.

Gathering Song: “Alleluia” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Introduction to the Special Tribute (Rev. Dan Harrison)

Opening Words (Led by Mike Hickcox)

Hymn: “Morning Song” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Community Prayers (Led by Rev. Dan Harrison)

First Reading: Isaiah 29:16-19 (Read by Ruth Harrison)

Hymn: “This Body is Clay” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Second Reading: Luke 6:27-38 (Read by Alys Hickcox)

Sermon – Stories for Children and Adults (Rev. Dan Harrison)

Offering Song: “I Will Praise God” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Hymn: “Children Welcome” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Benediction (Led by Mike Hickcox)

Congregation in the Chapel

The congregation in the chapel, including younger ones on the floor.

Serrmon Time: Rev. Dan Harrison sharing stories with the children.

Children with Drums

During the song, “Welcome Children” the children join in with drums.

Mike Hickcox leads the benediction.


Common Grounds Gathering January 20

January 20 Gathering

Common Grounds Gathering:
January 20, 2019

About 50 people gathered in The Lodge of the Fisherman on Boonsboro Rd. for this first edition of the Common Grounds Gathering. The featured presentation was a presentation and Q&A with Own Cardwell and Carl Hutcherson. The night also provided an open mic for poets, singers, and rappers. Some of those presentations can be heard on this page.

Common Grounds Gathering

Featured Audio: Owen Cardwell and Carl Hutcherson, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Owen Cardwell (seen at left) was one of the two students to desegregate E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg in 1962. Rev. Carl Hutcherson was the first Black teacher at E. C. Glass. These two men have been major figures in the flow of racial history in the City of Lynchburg. Here, they their part in that history, and focus on education as a most significant factor in both the past and the future.

Joey Hammonds

LaCroy Nixon (aka Atlas)

Spoken word: “First Time”

Evan Sizemore

Poem on the relationship of adults and children.

Czar Josh

Rap: “EyesOnThaPrize” and “Black Boy Joy”

Foxy Leone

Foxy Leone

Spoken Word

JDM & Sheena

Foxy Leone

Foxy Leone (returns)



Vicente Gonzalez

Vicente Gonzalez

Thoughts and Song


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”