About Us

  • 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 wants to ensure that where race is an accurate and useful explanation for social problems and potential solutions that it receives appropriate attention. Though TRRR’s approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics (including faith-based, civil society, and governmental leaders).


    TRRR Conferences:

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    Pretoria, South Africa,  2011                  London, England, 2012                                 Accra, Ghana, 2013


    TRRR Conveners:

    William Ackah, Birkbeck, University of London

    J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological College, Ghana

    Relebohile Moletsane, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    R. Drew Smith, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

    Rothney Tshaka, University of South Africa



                                               LONDON, ENGLAND CONFERENCE 2012

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                                                 ACCRA, GHANA CONFERENCE 2013


    TRRR Advisory Council:

    Allan Boesak (chair), Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University

    Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana

    Iva E. Carruthers, The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc., USA

    Frank Chikane, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

    Afua Cooper, Dalhousie University, Canada

    Carol B. Duncan, Wilfred Laurier University, Canada

    Walter Earl Fluker, Boston University, USA

    Marla F. Frederick, Harvard University, USA

    Nico Koopman, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    Emmanuel Lartey, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, USA

    Mokhele Madise, University of South Africa

    Otis Moss, III, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    Itumeleng Mothoagae, University of South Africa

    R. David Muir, Faith in Britain, United Kingdom

    Peter J. Paris, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

    Andrew Phillips, University of South Africa

    Anthony Pinn, Rice University, USA

    Anthony G. Reddie, Black Theology: An International Journal, United Kingdom

    David Shosanya, London Baptist Association, United Kingdom

    Chuck Singleton, Loveland Church, Ontario, California, USA

    Gosnell Yorke, Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica


    TRRR Communications Consultants:

    Ralph Watkins, Columbia Theological Seminary

    Jamye Wooten, Kinetics Communications, LLC



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