Dinner Highlights - 2004

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Chaplain Barry Black

On June 27, 2003, Chaplain Barry C. Black was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate after having served in the U.S. Navy for over 27 years. He was the first African-American, the first Seventh-day Adventist, and the first military chaplain to get the job. In addition to opening the Senate each day in prayer, Chaplain Black’s duties include counseling and spiritual care for the Senators, their families and their staffs, a combined constituency of six thousand people. Chaplain Black’s days are filled with meeting Senators about spiritual and moral issues, assisting Senators’ staffs with research on theological and biblical questions, teaching Senate Bible study groups, encouraging such groups at the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast, and facilitating discussion and reflection small groups among Senators and staff.

Following Senator Brownback address at the 2004 Religious Liberty Dinner, Chaplain Black urged those in attendance to “make every minute count” and said that workers should “cherish activity – even Zacchaeus was climbing a tree” when Jesus addressed him.