The Rev. Cynthia L. Black, dean and rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Portage, Michigan, will be the recipient of an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California.
Black will receive the award on October 12 in recognition of service to the Episcopal Church. Prior to her 2002 appointment to the Cathedral of Christ the King, she served as rector of the Parish Church of Christ the King in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Black has served on the Executive Council, as a board member and president of the Episcopal Women's Caucus, and as a deputy to General Convention.
A graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and CDSP, Black has received the Episcopal Women's Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and the Outstanding Volunteer Award, Community AIDS Resource and Education Services in 2003.
Black has written articles for the Witness, Forward Day by Day and Ruach. In addition, she has produced numerous video, photographic and PowerPoint presentations for the church.
"Cynthia Black is to be commended for her ministry within the wider church and most particularly the Executive Council where she has served most ably for the last six years," Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said. "Her ability to grasp the many dimensions of any situation and to articulate them clearly and boldly have been a gift to the Council and the church."