Rear Adm. Barry C. Black (Ret.), chaplain of the United States Senate, will preach at Duke Chapel’s worship service Sunday, Sept. 20, in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus.
The ecumenical service begins at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center garage at 125 Science Drive. Handicapped access is available at the side of the auditorium off of the Bryan Center parking lot.
Black plans to preach a sermon titled “Making Room for Greatness,” based on the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Mark.
“Dr. Black approaches the pulpit with humility, grace, courage and faithfulness, speaking the truth in love in the power of the Spirit,” said the Rev. Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel. “We anticipate with great joy his presence and preaching.”
As its chaplain, Black opens the Senate each day in prayer and provides counseling and spiritual care for senators, their families and staff. Commissioned as a Navy chaplain in 1976, he served throughout the U.S. and in Japan, retiring as chief of Navy chaplains.
Black is a native of Baltimore and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Palmer Theological Seminary, Salve Regina University and Alliant International University.
In addition to earning master of arts degrees in divinity, counseling and management, he has received a doctorate degree in ministry and a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology. In the 1970s, he was a pastor at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Durham, N.C.