James Forbes

The Reverend James Forbes is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ) church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. He was the first African American minister to lead this multicultural congregation, and served it for 18 years. On June 1, 2007, after 18 years of service, Forbes officially retired from this position to become president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, a national ministry of healing and spiritual revitalization. Forbes hosts the radio program The Time Is Now, which airs weekends on the Air America Radio network. Learn more here.

Rev. Forbes is a proud signer of Freedom to Marry's Marriage Resolution which reads:

Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual choice, RESOLVED, the State should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage.

Freedom to Marry salutes James Forbes as a Voice for Equality!

If Rev. Forbes' support inspires you, take action by signing the Freedom to Marry Pledge!