Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fourth Annual Graduate Students Consecration Service

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black is the featured speaker for the Graduate Students Consecration Service on Sabbath, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. His sermon is titled, “The Blessing of Adversity.”

The School of Graduate Studies & Research hosts this annual event, which is designed to recognize the graduate student population and to consecrate their pursuit of higher education. “Philosophically, Seventh-day Adventist education is holistic. Therefore, our students should experience intellectual stimulation, social interaction, emotional well-being, and spiritual renewal,” says Christon Arthur, dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Research. “The Graduate Students Consecration service calls students to holiness, spiritual connectedness, and consecration.”

On June 27, 2003, Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.) was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the Senate. He started his work on July 7, 2003. Prior to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for more than 27 years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains. The Senate elected its first chaplain in 1789. In addition to opening the Senate each day in prayer, Chaplain Black provides counseling and spiritual care for Senators, their families and staff—a combined constituency of more than 7,000 people. He also meets with Senators about spiritual and moral issues, assists with research on theological and biblical questions, and facilitates discussion and reflection small groups among Senators and staff. He also conducts marriage enrichment counseling and officiates at weddings, funerals, and memorial services. Chaplain Black initiates and participates in special and seasonal observances, leads interdenominational prayer gatherings, and cultivates relationships with local clergy and leaders of humanitarian agencies.

President Niels-Erik Andreasen and Provost Andrea Luxton will address students during the service. Each graduate student was presented with a copy of Black's inspiring book.

Contact Christon Arthur for more information.

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