UTI 30th Anniversary - Gala Reception and Banquet Oct. 15

30th Anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute


Friday, October 15, 2010, 6:30 pm

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Guest Speaker

The Brossman Center, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Visit the Reception & Banquet photo gallery to view, order and download photos


Watch Dr. Forbes' banquet address:


about the speaker

The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr.The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church, New York City, is founder and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation. In 2007 he was the host of "The Time is Now" on Air America Radio.
Forbes, who was installed as the fifth senior minister of Riverside, was the first African American to serve as minister of this multicultural ongregation. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches.

Dr. Forbes earned his Doctor of Ministry from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School; his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Howard University. He earned his clinical pastoral education certificate from the Medical College of Virginia. His honorary doctorates include degrees from the following colleges and universities: Princeton, DePauw, Colgate, Fairleigh Dickenson, Lehigh, and the University of Richmond.

From 1992 to 2007, Dr. Forbes was co-chair of A Partnership of Faith, an interfaith organization of clergy among New York's Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities. He is on the board of the Interfaith Alliance, Children's Defense Fund, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, and the United Way. He is a past president of The Martin Luther King Fellows.

Proceeds benefit The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., Chair in African American Studies

DIAMOND Sponsors: $30,000 or more

Dr. William R. Miner & Mrs. M. LaVerne Miner 

Trinity United Church of Christ

The Rev. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor & The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus

GOLD Sponsors: $3,000-$9,999

The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr. & Dr. Lisa Croft

 Church of the Redeemer Baptist 

The Rev. Jocelyn K. Hart

Hickman Temple AME Church 

The Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones

Grace Baptist Church of Germantown

The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Rev. William B. Moore ‘85

Tenth Memorial Baptist Church 

Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr.

Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ 

Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, Sr.

First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
SILVER Sponsors: $600-$2,999

The Rev. Dr. Bernice Baxter 

The Rev. Keon A. Gerow

Catalyst for Change Church 

The Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson

Bright Hope Baptist Church

The Rev. Cedric H. Jones

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

The Rev. Dr. W. Arthur Lewis ‘86

Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta 

The Rev. Audrey E. Moody ‘88

Bishop Kermit L. Newkirk, Jr.

Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church

Dr. Kent & The Rev. Janet S. Peterman

The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Dean

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Dr. Stephen G. Ray & Mrs. Susan Parris Ray

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson

The Rev. Dr. William Staton, Jr. ‘87

The Rev. Dr. Mark K. Tyler

Mother Bethel AME Church

BRONZE Sponsors: $100-$599

African American Lutheran Association-Philadelphia Chapter 

Dr. Addie J. Butler

Bishop Claire S. Burkat

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

The Rev. Jacqueline Gale Capers ‘05

Ruffin Nichols AME Church

The Rev. Joseph A. Conner, Sr. ‘88

New Beginnings Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Christ

The Rev. Guy L. Glimp ‘04

Sanctuary Church of God in Christ

The Rev. Curtis A. Haynes, Jr. ‘05

Mr. & Mrs. J. Lawrence House

The Rev. Alonzo T. Johnson

Oak Lane Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Vernard R. Leak, Presiding Elder

Philadelphia District of the Philadelphia Annual Conference of the

 African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Rev. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr.

Monumental Baptist Church

The Rev. John V. Puotinen

Bishop Dwayne D. Royster ‘10

Living Water United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Esther L. Seales ‘96/'02/'10

Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Staples

State Senator LeAnna M. Washington

4th Senatorial District of Pennsylvania 



All funds raised during the celebration benefit the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., Chair in African American Studies. Gifts to the Wright Chair are gratefully accepted.


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...building our future