Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes served as Senior Minister of The Riverside Church for 18 years and is currently President of the Healing of Nations Foundation. Before serving at the Riverside Church, Rev. Forbes taught at Union Theological Seminary, where he first served as the Brown and Sockman Associate Professor of Preaching until he became Union’s first Harry Emerson Professor of Preaching in 1985. Dr. Forbes has been lauded by Newsweek and Ebony and is globally recognized as one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.  He is ordained as a minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America.

Awards Presenters

Rolland Smith

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="false" css=".vc_custom_1540911693486{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"] Mr. Rolland Smith has over forty-five years of professional broadcast experience as an anchorman, reporter, writer, producer and commentator for...

Nadia Bilchik

Nadia Bilchik, President of Greater Impact Communication, is an internationally renowned television news anchor, media and presentation skills expert, author, and keynote speaker. Nadia currently hosts CNN's Weekend Morning Passport with TJ Holmes. Nadia has anchored...

Naomi Tutu

Social justice activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi Tutu The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life as an activist for human rights. The third child of Archbishop...

Majora Carter

Peabody Prize and McArthur Foundation Award-winning urban environmentalist past Hollister Awardee, Majora Carter She's probably the only person to receive: an award from John Podesta's Center for American Progress, AND a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from...

Suzan Johnson Cook

Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S Dept. of State Office of International Religious Freedom and past Hollister Awardee Appointed in 2011 to Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom by President Obama,...

Professor Suheil Badi Bushrui

Professor Bushrui is the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland.  A distinguished author, poet, and critic, he is the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran.  Professor...

Dr. Marcus Braybrooke

Dr. Marcus Braybrooke is a retired Anglican parish priest and the President of the World Congress of Faiths, of which he has been a member for over 50 years. He is a co-founder of the Three Faiths Forum, Patron of the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford, and a...

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conferences, a platform for identifying and disseminating innovative, impactful, and visionary ideas. After graduating from Oxford, Mr. Anderson explored a career in journalism before launching his own publishing company,...

Paul F. Knitter

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="false" css=".vc_custom_1540919248159{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"]Paul F. Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was formerly...

Linus Roache

The UK-born Linus Roache has enjoyed a 25+ year acting career in theater, television, radio and cinema across the world. Accolades include a 2002  London evening Standard best actor award for his portrayal of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Julian Temple’s acclaimed movie...

Rabbi Lawrence Troster

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="false" css=".vc_custom_1540919701974{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"]Rabbi Lawrence Troster is Director of the Fellowship program and Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence for GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental...

Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="false" css=".vc_custom_1540919536203{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}"]Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey directs the human and civil rights advocacy work for the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation in Alexandria,...

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