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Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year

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Student with Dr. RajashekarThe Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) at LTSP returned to the seminary campus for the eleventh time from May 30 – June 3, 2017. ATSI was developed 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. This project promotes enhanced cultural awareness.

Students at 2017 ATSIThe 2017 ATSI included 13 doctoral students along with mentors Dr. W. Anne Joh, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois; Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew, Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts; Dr. Su Yon Pak, Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-Based Education, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York; Dr. 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 Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rajashekar serves as ATSI program director.

Mentor and studentThe focus of the Institute will be the following themes: Post-colonial theology/studies, Asian/Asian American theological and biblical hermeneutics, and issues of Asian theology/religiosity and pluralism. Doctoral students who are exploring these or other related themes are invited to take advantage of this opportunity. Participating students should have completed their course work and be at the stage of exploring their doctoral dissertation proposal.

In addition to the annual mentoring event, the Institute sponsors gatherings at several theological education conferences and events each year, bringing together participants including those who are now faculty members at several theological institutions of learning. Students are encouraged to remain connected with their colleagues, including through the ATSI Facebook group, as they continue in their academic teaching and learning careers.

More information on ATSI, including a list of students and mentors through the eleven years, can be found here.

View a slide show from ATSI 2017:


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