T he 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:


Pretoria, South Africa,  2011    


London, England, 2012   


Accra, Ghana,

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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


TRRR Communications Consultants:

Ralph Watkins, Columbia Theological Seminary

Jamye Wooten, Kinetics Communications, LLC

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

Vuyani Vellem, South Africa

Gosnell Yorke, Zambia 



Voice and Voicelessness Project
College of Human Sciences
University of South Africa
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, USA
Centre for Contextual Theology Centre for Public Theology
Ujamaa Centre for Biblical andTheological Community Research
Faith in Britain
Trinity Theological College
Ghana Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs of Churches Together in England

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