Asian Theological Summer Institute 10th Anniversary
The Asian Theological Summer Institute at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, celebrating its 10th year, brought sixteen doctoral students of Asian heritage to the LTSP campus for a week of mentorship, learning, and fellowship. The 10th Institute convened from May 31 – June 4, 2016. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation to identify and encourage Asians/Asian Americans who are focused on theological education at the PhD and ThD level, the Institute functions as a doctoral seminar to test doctoral proposals/projects in the company of guest professors and scholars serving as mentors. This is unique in that it offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study, and promotes enhanced cultural awareness.
This year, six faculty mentors worked with the students: Tat-Siong Benny Liew, Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts; Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Peter Cho Phan, Igancio Ellacuría Professor of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University, Washington DC; Su Yon Pak, Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field Based Education, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York; J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Academic Dean and H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures, and Director, Multicultural Mission Resource Center, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and J. Paul Rajashekar – (Program Director) Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In addition to time in a seminar setting allowing each scholar to present their doctoral project, there is time for individual consultation, fellowship, and time to develop relationships with colleagues in theological study. While gathered for the annual Institute photo, the group was joined in conversation by LTSP President David Lose – who shared his a bit about his doctoral experience at Princeton Theological Seminary – and by chance met Professor and Krauth Memorial Library Director Karl Kreuger as he moved a historic church model to the library, giving the scholars a chance to learn a little about Lutherans in colonial America.
Here’s a slide show of the fellowship time when students spoke with President Lose and Prof. Kreuger:
Here’s a slide show of a seminar session: