About

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) is a community of discourse, focusing on religious responses to issues of race (and similarly functioning ethnic or cultural markers of social otherness) within contemporary western cultures. At the heart of the TRRR initiative is a concern that a current obstacle to addressing persistent racial problems in a number of western contexts is that “race” is increasingly dismissed as a category of explanation for social problems—even where blacks find themselves disproportionately enduring adverse social dynamics and conditions.

TRRR Conferences:

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Pretoria, South Africa,  2011    

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London, England, 2012   

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Accra, Ghana,
2013

 

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Convenors

Dr. William Ackah

Dr. William Ackah

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Dr. R. Drew Smith

Dr. R. Drew Smith

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Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

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Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

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Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

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Dr. William Ackah

Dr. William Ackah

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William has been a lecturer in Community and Voluntary Sector Studies at Birkbeck since 2005. Prior to that he was head of Widening Participation at the University of Bristol, and prior to that he was Equality and Diversity Manager at the Learning and Skills Council Gloucestershire. He has worked as an academic at a number of Higher Educaton institutions, including University of Edge Hill where he was Lecturer in Race Equality Studies, Liverpool Hope University and University of Liverpool.

Dr. R. Drew Smith

Dr. R. Drew Smith

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The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith is Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s professor of urban ministry, having formerly held academic positions at various institutions, including Indiana University, Emory University and Morehouse College.

With multiple graduate degrees from Yale (including a doctorate in political science), Drew has received many honors and awards for his academic leadership, including selection in 2002 as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by a Duke University/University of Cape Town program on Leadership and Public Values, and selection in 2008 for an Indiana Governor’s Black Expo Leadership award. A diverse array of leadership activities has earned him such distinctions.

Both a social scientist and clergyman, Drew has initiated and directed multiple projects related to religion and public life, including the Public Influences of African-American Churches Project and the Faith Communities and Urban Families Project. In addition to gathering research data, the Projects have convened seminars, conferences, and roundtables that have brought clergy, policy makers, and community leaders together to discuss matters pertaining to the Church’s public mission and ministry. As a Baptist clergyman, he has ministered in a number of parish, prison, and campus ministry contexts.

Drew has also been actively involved in international community development and youth leadership development, initially as an executive staff person at Operation Crossroads Africa during the 1980s. He served in 2005 as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and in 2009 as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cameroon, and has an ongoing appointment as Research Fellow with the Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at University of South Africa.

He has also lectured in many international venues, including in Israel as part of the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau. Just during the past year, internationally he has co-convened conferences and presented papers with titles such as “Expanded Poverty, Church Ministry Distance, and Public Policy Evasions in the U.S.” (for The Church’s Community Role in Times of Austerity, University of London), and “Contemporary Responsiveness to Black Enslavement Past and Present: 150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation” (for Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra). His six edited books include From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and Civil Rights Beyond the Southern Movement (SUNY, 2013). He is also currently writing a book on contemporary black church activism, which is under contract with Columbia University Press.

As part of his appointment at Pittsburgh Seminary, Drew serves as Council chair of the Metro-Urban Institute, which engages in programs and activities relevant to urban ministry in local and global contexts.

Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

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Prof. R. S. Tshaka holds a BTh (UWC), MDIV (University of Stellenbosch), Lic. Theol (Univ. Stellenbosch), MTh (Free University of Amsterdam) and a DTh (University of Stellenbosch). He is an alumna of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He has lectured Theology and Ethics at the Murray Theological College in Zimbabwe. Was Associate Professor of Ethics and Community at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, USA. He is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa and is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at the University of South Africa. His current research interests are in the fields of black studies. He has published in the areas of Being African and Reformed as well as Afrophobia. He is married with children.

Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

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J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu PhD. is Baeta-Grau Professor of Contemporary African Christianity and Pentecostal/ Charismatic Theology in Africa at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana. His teaching areas include non-Western Christianity and Theology and Media in Africa. He is also Director of Graduate Studies at the Seminary. Kwabena has served as visiting scholar to the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University (2004); Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota (2007); and Senior Resident Scholar at the Overseas Ministries Study Center (2012). He is a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and a Trustee of the Oxford Center for Mission Studies, UK. Kwabena is author of African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005); Christianity, Missions and Ecumenism in Ghana (Accra: Asempa Publishers, 2009); Strange Warmth: Wesleyan Perspectives on Renewal, Ministry and Discipleship (Accra: Asempa Publishers, 2011); co-editor with Frieder Ludwig of African Christian Presence in the West: New Immigrant Congregations and Transnational Networks in North America and Europe (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2011); Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations from an African Context (Wipf and Stock, 2013); and many articles in international journals relating to his fields of research.

Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

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Professor Relebohile Moletsane occupies the position of Professor and John Langalibalele Dube Chair in Rural Education in the Faculty of Education, the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her areas of teaching and research include rural education and development; curriculum studies and gender and education, including gender-based violence and its links to HIV and AIDS and AIDS-related stigma, body politics, as well as on girlhood studies in Southern African contexts. She is interested (and involved) in projects that use participatory visual methodologies in doing research and development work with marginalized groups.

She teaches in the areas of rural education and development; curriculum studies and gender and education, including gender-based violence and its links to HIV and AIDS and AIDS-related stigma, body politics, as well as on girlhood studies in Southern African contexts.

Her research interests include the use of participatory visual methodologies in doing research and development work with marginalized groups in the areas of rurality, poverty, gender, HIV/AIDS and Education.

Highlights

Social Struggle and Faith-Based Activism in “Black Empowerment” Times (South Africa 2014)

Social Struggle and Faith-Based Activism in “Black Empowerment” Times (South Africa 2014)

Dr. Mercy Oduyoye on the Role of the Naming Ceremony

Dr. Mercy Oduyoye on the Role of the Naming Ceremony

This video is about Dr. Mercy Oduyoye on the Role of the Naming Ceremony by Dr. Ralph Watkins

Professor Kofi Opoku on African Symbols

Professor Kofi Opoku on African Symbols

Video: Dr. Ralph Watkins

 

Dr. Erieka Bennett Welcomes TRRR Welcome to Ghana

Dr. Erieka Bennett Welcomes TRRR Welcome to Ghana

Video: Dr. Ralph Watkins

“Black Churches and 21st Century Captives”  Ghana 2013

“Black Churches and 21st Century Captives” Ghana 2013

Connecting Religious Leaders and Scholars throughout the Diaspora

Connecting Religious Leaders and Scholars throughout the Diaspora

Dr. R. Drew Smith, co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR), speaks to KineticsLive.com about Black Churches in Global Public Spaces.

Cobus Van Wyngaard: Christianity and White Privilege in South Africa

Cobus Van Wyngaard: Christianity and White Privilege in South Africa

  • Location: At Home

KineticsLive.com interviews Cobus van Wngaard who presented on The Language of Diversity in Reconstruction Whiteness in the Dutch Reformed Church at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race .

Michael Brandon McCormick: Preachers and the Power that BET

Michael Brandon McCormick: Preachers and the Power that BET

    KineticsLive.com speaks with Michael Brandon McCormick, PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University. He was a presenter at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race at Birkbeck, University of London. The title of his presentation was entitled “The Preachers and the Powers that BET: Black Activist Clergy .”

     

     

     

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