October 27, 2014 Kinetics

Repairing Community: Faith-Based Responses to Racial Disparities and Conflict


Repairing Community:
Faith-Based Responses to Racial Disparities and Conflict

African-descended communities across the globe are suffering effects of political, economic and social inequities whose consequences include alarming levels of disease, unemployment, incarceration, and systemic violence. What institutional, cultural, public policy, and faith-centered responses can be mobilized in response to this state of affairs?  The 2015 Transatlantic Roundtable on religion and race aims to focus on the role of faith based organisations, leaders, community activists and others in confronting key issues impacting groups where racial disparities and/ or racial/religious conflict are a key feature of community life.

Pre-Conference Program on Transatlantic Black Past
Liverpool, June 28-29

Sun., June 28th : Arrive Liverpool via charter bus (for ticketing information, please email w.ackah@bbk.ac.uk)
Visit Transatlantic Slavery Exhibition
Mon., June 29: Missiology conference visit, Andrew Walls Center, Liverpool Hope University (optional) Explore Liverpool City Centre
Depart Liverpool for London in the afternoon.
Approximate cost of transport is £50  ($75).

Pre-Conference Local Dialogue on Faith, Politics, and Race; Roehampton University, London, June 30, 13:30-16:30

July 1-3 Conference Registration Details

• General rate: £150 pounds ($250 dollars). includes lunch and light refreshments all 3 days.
• Students/Unwaged registration rate: £75 ($125)—Partial fee waivers available in some circumstances
• Day rates: £50 ($ 80); or for Students/Unwaged, £25 ($40)

To register, please click on the following link:

For any alternative payment arrangements, please email Dr. William Ackah at w.ackah@bbk.ac.uk

Refund Policy (for registration fees):
Through May 1, 2015: 100% refundable
May 2-June 1: 60% refundable
June 2-June 26: 40% refundable
After June 26: nonrefundable
A 10% discount can be deducted from the total of all conference program payments made before March 31, 2015. Registration fees do not include airfare, local transport, lodging, visas, or meals (except where noted).

Conference Accommodations
There are several hotels and several bed and breakfast facilities serving the Bloomsbury area of Central London where the University of London is located.

Imperial Hotels is a chain of hotels serving the area, and reservations can be made through their website. (We especially recommend Hotel Tavistock: http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/tavistock

A very affordable, convenient, and quality option is University College residences located on the University of London campus.  The nightly rate for single rooms is £36 (about $50).  (No meals are included in this rate).   The link is:  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/residences

Other smaller bed and breakfast places in walking distance of the university conference venue include:
• Regency House Hotel http://www.regencyhouse-hotel.com/
• Jesmond Hotel www.jesmondhotel.org.uk
• Gower House Hotel www.gowerhousehotel.co.uk
• Ridgemont Hotel www.ridgemounthotel.co.uk



PRE-CONFERENCE: Symposium on Faith, Politics, and Race:
Faith and Politics: Dr. Elizabeth Henry, Church of England; Dr. R. David Muir, University of Roehampton; Ms. Dionne Gravesande, Christian Aid, UK; Prof. Gus John, Univ. Coll. London–Institute of Education; Ms. Jennifer Crook, Methodist Church, UK;
Dialogue on Race: Dr. Althea Legal-Miller, University College London; young adults from Ferguson, Missouri (USA) and from London, England (UK).

CONFERENCE: (All conference sessions take place in main Birkbeck building, Malet Street)

Plenary Panel 1: The Other Side of Progress: Immigrant and Socio-Economic Outgroups (Rm. B36)
Dr. Elina Hankela, UNISA/Univ. of Helsinki (moral responses to anti-immigrant conflict in South Africa)
Rev. Nkhumise Mulaudzi, Univ. of South Africa (Biblical perspectives on xenophobia in South Africa)
Dr. Carmen Fracchia, Birkbeck, Univ. of London (faith-based organizing and the Afr. diaspora in Spain)
Mr. Chinonso Okolo, Nigeria (caste and discrimination in Nigeria)

Plenary Panel 2: Racism, Social Otherness, and Monotheistic Traditions in the Global North (B36)
Dr. Nasar Meer, University of Strathclyde (Muslims and socio-cultural challenges in the UK)
Prof. David Feldman, Birkbeck, University of London (Judaism and recent European anti-Semitism)
Dr. Aurélien M. Gampiot, GSRL-CNRS, Paris (Congolese diaspora, Kimbanguism, and western response)
Prof. R. Drew Smith, Pittsburgh Theo. Seminary (Christian racial nationalisms within the US)

Plenary Panel 3: Race-Based Policing: From Brixton to Baltimore and Beyond (B36)
Rev. Michael McBride, PICO National Network (excessive police violence against African Americans)
Mr. Paul Kassman, Changing the Game, UK (black criminalization, incarceration, and responses—UK)
Rev. Dr. Doreen Morrison, Prison Chaplain, UK (black diaspora, colonialism, and incarceration)
Prof. Mokhele Madise, Univ. of South Africa (resisting the empire without and within South Africa)

Plenary 4: Beyond Western Religious Normativity: Diverse Pathways in African Contexts (B36)
Prof. Mahmoud Baballah, University Abdelmalek, Morocco (Muslim veils as empowerment symbols)
Rev. Themba Ngcobo, Univ. of South Africa (amaZulu mythology and post-colonial missiology)
Dr. Leepo Modise, Univ. of South Africa (racism, yoga consciousness, oneness, and South Afr. churches)

Plenary Panel 5: Emerging Theologies in Africa and the Diaspora (B36)
Rev. Ronald Nathan, Evangelical Association of Caribbean (Caribbean theology and empowerment)
Rev. LeAnn Corkins Seto, Methodist Theol. School, Ohio (womanist theology and incarcerated women)
Dr. Daniel Morris-Chapman, Presby. Theo. Seminary, Cameroon (pluralism and Cameroonian theology)
Rev. Cobus van Wyngaard, Univ. of South Africa (assessment of critical theologies of whiteness)

Plenary Panel 6: Community Development, Youth Prospects, and Faith-Based Strategies (B36)
Mr. Mbhekeni Nkosi, University of the Western Cape (youth unemployment and policies in South Africa)
Dr. Rosie McNeil, Basic Care International (educational disparities and holistic approaches in S. Africa)
Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Bread for the World (child hunger, poverty, and faith-based mobilizations)
Atty. Joy Ogbonnaya, Pleasant Gathering Club, Nigeria (faith-based youth leadership and skill training)
Ms. Jasmine Jackson, Garrett-Evangelical Theo. Seminary (faith-based community organizing in the US)

Plenary Panel 7: Media, Music, and Alternative Platforms for Faith-Based Activism (B36)
Ms. Rahiel Tesfamariam, Urban Cusp (media as a tool of liberation theology and racial justice)
Rev. Eugene Baron, University of South Africa (moral-ethical formation of South African journalists)
Prof. Robert Beckford, Canterbury Christ Chu.Univ. (musical genres and radical readings of Biblical texts)
Dr. Chikukuango Cuxima-Zwa (diasporic Angolan religion, music, and ritual narratives)


Concurrent Panels

Panel 01: Social Antagonisms and Structural Oppression in African Boom Nations (B02)
Prof. Tinyiko Maluleke, University of Pretoria (race, poverty, and identity in African Pentecostalism)
Atty. Udensi Godwin, Nigeria (caste and discrimination in Nigeria)
Mr. Ithapeleng Sebetseli, University of South Africa (race and poverty in South Africa)
Prof. JNJ Kritzinger, University of South Africa (white responses to black theology in South Africa)

Panel 02: Empowerment, Disempowerment, and Racial Symbolism (B29)
Mr. Itumeleng Mothoagae, University of South Africa (racialization of black bodies)
Dr. Lillian Dube, University of San Francisco (bias against women of color within academic professions)
Dr. Eva Shaw-Taylor, Global Institute for Diasporan and Afr. Culture (reforming faith-based institutions)
Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd, Generations Center, USA (renderings of evil within Black Theology)

Panel 03: Faith, Health, and Social Struggle (B02)
Mr. Rampaul Chamba, University of Essex (mental health and race among Caribbean populations)
Dr. Paula Owens Parker, Union Presbyterian Seminary (racism and psychic healing)
Dr. Joy Bostic, Case Western Reserve University (black social movements and an ethic of rage)
Mr. L.S. Carlos Thompson, University of Aberdeen (blackness and differently-abled populations)

Panel 04: Holistic Ministry at the Social Margins (B29)
Prof.. C L Nash, Univ. of Gloucestershire (violence and atonement in church and society)
Dr. Ekwutosi Offiong, University of Calabar (church social services in Nigeria)
Dr. Julie Fairchild, Methodist Theological School, Ohio (missional ministries and healthy neighborhoods)
Dr. Forrest Harris, Vanderbilt University Divinity School (theological reflection on justice for the poor)

Panel 05: Social Difference and Reconciliation Strategies in Church and Society (B02)
Rev. Christopher Asadu, Enugu State Govt., Nigeria (religion and conflict resolution in Nigeria)
Dr. Reggie Nel, University of South Africa (analysis of racial progress in South African Reformed Church)
Mr. Cory May, University of Aberdeen (oppression, psychoanalysis, theology, and emancipation)
Ms. Pamela Fields, Bethel Seminary (reconciliation strategies and exercises)

Panel 06: Justice and Faith-Based Urban Organizing (B29)
Rev. Michael McBride, PICO National Network, USA
Mr. Emmanuel Gotora, The East London Communities Organisation
Ms. Ebony Fitchue, Howard U. and Dr. Leah Fitchue, Payne Th. Sem. (black youth critical thinking skills)
Dr. Chris Jones, University of Stellenbosch (local ecologies of community development in South Africa)


TRRR Board of Conveners

William Ackah (University of London)
Kwabena Assamoah-Gyadu (Trinity Theological College, Ghana)
Elizabeth Henry (Church of England)
Althea Legal-Miller (University College London)
David Muir, Roehampton (University, London)
Relebohile Moletsane (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Itumeleng Mothoagae (University of South Africa)
R. Drew Smith (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
Rothney Tshaka (University of South Africa)

TRRR Advisory Board
Allan Boesak (chair) Akosua Adomako Ampofo (Ghana) Iva E. Carruthers (USA) Afua Cooper (Canada) Carol B. Duncan (Canada) Walter Earl Fluker (USA) Marla F. Frederick (USA) Nico Koopman (South Afr.) Emmanuel Lartey (USA) Mokhele Madise (South Afr.) Otis Moss, III (USA)  Peter J. Paris (USA) Andrew Phillips (South Africa) Anthony Pinn (USA) Anthony G. Reddie (UK) David Shosanya (UK) Vuyani Vellem (South Africa) Gosnell Yorke (Zambia)

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) was founded in 2010 with the aim of bringing together scholars, religious leaders and community activists from across the African diaspora and continent to facilitate dialogue, intellectual output, and activism in the cause of improving the lives of people of African descent and heritage around the world. 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. Our 2015 conference in the United Kingdom will be the fifth TRRR conference, following successful conferences in South Africa (2014), Ghana (2013), United Kingdom (2012), and South Africa (2011).

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