YMCA Celebration of Prayer to Feature – U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black

[caption id="attachment_24861" align="alignright" width="150" caption="U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black"][/caption] The YMCA of Central Florida is bringing U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black to Orlando on Thursday, March 28 to share an inspirational message of faith and unity during the Y’s 19th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast.   Attended each year by more than 1,000 community leaders, the event is the largest of its kind held locally during Holy Week. It will take place this year from 7 to 8:15 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway.   Black, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, has served as U.S. Senate Chaplain since 1993, during which time he has led the assembly in prayer, provided counseling and spiritual guidance, and assisted in theological and biblical research. A decorated Naval officer, he previously served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years and ended his distinguished career as Chief of Navy Chaplains. In addition to earning doctoral degrees in philosophy and ministry, Black was honored in 1995 with the NAACP’s Renowned Service Award for his contributions to equal opportunity and civil rights.   “Celebrating the ‘C’ in YMCA, the Celebration of Prayer marks the arrival of Easter and provides a meaningful way to recognize the Y’s Christian mission, which has guided our organization for over 150 years,” said Jim Ferber, YMCA of Central Florida President and CEO. “The Y remains deeply committed to strengthening our community by connecting residents, inspiring leaders and providing relevant solutions through spiritual enrichment.”   The breakfast welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds. Tables are available for $250 and individual seats for $35. For information or to reserve tickets, please call Rexanne Paugh at (407) 895-8615 or email [email protected].