"The church perhaps is the only institution in the nation that can ask: Okay, how are your policies squaring up, not only with the principles of the Bible, but with the principles found in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Everybody else is scared to do it. The Church had better be afraid not to do it." -Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in NYC, and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
Therefore, it is very appropriate that one of the most prominent prophetic voices of our time will speak at the Roundhouse Rotunda in Santa Fe at 3:00 p.m. that day. Rev. Dr. James Forbes, known as the preacher's preacher in national and international religious circles, is coming to New Mexico to help commemorate Dr. King's birthday, to speak truth to power, and to offer a prayer for our legislators. His visit is sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico.
In 1996, Newsweek magazine recognized Forbes as one of the twelve "most effective preachers" in the English-speaking world. This pastor, educator, community activist and interfaith leader was designated as one of America's greatest Black preachers by Ebony magazine in 1984 and 1993. He won the Alumni Charter Day Award of Howard University for Distinguished Post Graduate Achievement In Ministry. In 1995 he emerged in the Baylor University Survey as one of twelve remarkable and most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.
He was the keynote speaker at the Children's Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati in 2012 during the Multi-Faith Children's Sabbath Service with an audience of 3,000 advocates, organizers, researchers and young leaders. He stated "If there's no justice, there's no righteousness." He ended by urging everyone to take action and agitate until justice is the law of the land.
Dr. Forbes. minister emeritus at Riverside Church in New York City, was the featured speaker at the 2011 Interfaith Worker Justice Conference in Chicago. His the founder and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
For more information, contact Rev. Holly Beaumont at Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico
2015 Witness for the People
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
- Proverbs 29.18
Tuesday, January 20
in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse
The Reverend Dr. James Forbes
Minister Emeritus, Riverside Church, NYC
Founder and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation
Music: The Choir Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe