Known as the preacher’s preacher, Rev. James Forbes is a spiritual leader with charismatic style and radically progressive opinions.

Why you should listen

Rev. James Forbes once said, "If I don't preach, I won't be well." Luckily, he has always had the opportunity to preach. He was the first African-American to be appointed as Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in Harlem and spent 18 years serving the interdenominational, interracial and international congregation. While at Riverside, be brought the church to play a role in redeveloping the neighborhood and hosted prominent guests, such as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. The sermons he delivered from the pulpit were often the cause of controversy, and certainly never boring.

Today, he continues to deliver his call for spiritual revitalization as the host of The Time is Now on Air America Radio and as president and founder of The Healing of the Nations Foundation. His foundation is, in part, a national ministry and the organization is devoted to encouraging peace, justice, interfaith cooperation and environmental responsibility. Forbes travels extensively, speaking out and spreading this vision for a new future.

James Forbes’ TED talk