Sunday, July 31, 2011

U.S. Senate Chaplain Asks God to Give Wisdom to Lawmakers: “The waters are coming in upon us”

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Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.)
62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate

The Debt Ceiling Day of Reckoning is Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ultimately the issue is confidence in the full faith and credit of the United States of America

Implores God to Help in Debt Crisis The Washington Post is reporting that the U.S. Senate Chaplain, Barry C. Black, who opens Senate sessions with a prayer, has done his spiritual duty during this USA budget, fiscal, debt crisis. Throughout this current bipartisan bickering and paralysis, Black has implored God to assist the Senators. Throughout July, Chaplain Black has continued asking God for assistance in the contentious U.S. Senate. On Saturday he said in his prayer to God, "We need You on Capitol Hill". By this morning, Sunday, he said, "The waters are coming in upon us. We are weary from the struggle, tempted to throw in the towel. But quitting isn’t an option.” Chaplain Black has previously asked God to keep the Senators from the "pit of disunity and discord", give them "courage and humility", and "inspire them with counsel" as our nation faced the "potentially catastrophic". He also reminded the Senators in his prayer that, "to do what is right, knowing that You are the only constituent they absolutely must please". Best wishes Chaplain Black, the accomplishment of your duty and calling through your prayers with the Senate is what we are all hoping for.

About Barry C. Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate On June 27, 2003, Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.) was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. He began working in the Senate on July 7, 2003. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over twenty-seven years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains. The Senate elected its first chaplain in 1789.

Commissioned as a Navy Chaplain in 1976, Chaplain Black’s first duty station was the Fleet Religious Support Activity in Norfolk, Virginia. Subsequent assignments include Naval Support Activity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; First Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Training Center, San Diego, California; USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) Long Beach, California; Naval Chaplains School Advanced Course, Newport, Rhode Island; Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-ONE, Beaufort, South Carolina; Assistant Staff Chaplain, Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, Florida; and Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia.

As Rear Admiral, his personal decorations included the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two medals), Meritorious Service Medals (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (two awards), and numerous unit awards, campaign, and service medals.

Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Salve Regina University, and United States 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.

Chaplain Black has been selected for many outstanding achievements. Of particular note, he was chosen from 127 nominees for the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights. He also received the 2002 Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Leadership Award from The Morehouse School of Religion. In 2004, the Old Dominion University chapter of the NAACP conferred on him the Image Award, "Reaffirming the Dream -- Realizing the Vision" for military excellence.

Senate chaplain implores God to help in debt crisis

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