Friday, April 3, 2009

Brite recognizes Black Church Leader

Brite Divinity School presented its Black Church Leader Award tonight to Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. Brite President Newell Williams and Brite Dean Nancy Ramsay commended Forbes for a distinguished career shepherding and guiding pastors of different faiths and modeling the Christian faith.

Forbes is the emeritus pastor of Riverside Church in New York City and was the first African-American to serve as senior minister of that multicultural congregation, which is among the largest in the nation. Forbes is also co-founder of the interfaith organization A Partnership of Faith, which brings together clergy from the city's Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim communities.

"I am very humbled and very honored to be recognized by Brite and the Black Church Studies program," Forbes said.

Forbes is no stranger to awards. In 1996, Newsweek tabbed him as one of the 12 "most effective preachers" in the English-speaking world.

The award presentation was a part of Brite's "State of the Black Church" summit, which featured a panel discussion luncheon and evening banquet.

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