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Getting to Know our 2023–2024 Global Partners – Part II

Note from the Managing Editor, Stephen Di Trolio: This semester we welcome another class of Global Partners. We wanted to run a short profile piece on each of them, so the wider public could get the know these excellent thinkers, church leaders, and scholars. This year we welcome partners from China, Japan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nigeria, Myanmar, and Pakistan. To learn more about each of their profiles, see the Global Partners page. This is the second of a two-part story. Last week we asked them four short questions to get to know them a little more:

  1. Where are you from? Where have you lived in your life? Where is home?
  2. What is your favorite meal from your home?
  3. What are you looking forward to living here in Princeton?
  4. What are you working on presently as an OMSC scholar this year?

Sena Feyissa Negassa

1. I am from Ethiopia, one of the countries in East Africa. I was born in the town called Nekemte which is in the western part of Ethiopia. Then I grew up and lived in Addis Ababa the capital city of Ethiopia starting from the age of four.

2. My favorite food from my country is Doro Wat.

3. I look forward to knowing and learning so many things from different scholars here at Princeton Theological Seminary and investigating more. 

4. I am presently working on research on the title, The Role of Ethiopian Evangelicals on Environmental Stewardship.  

Yutaka Morishima

1. I came from Japan. I grew up in the Kansai region on the western side of Japan as a child, and have been living in Tokyo since my teens. I was the pastor of the Protestant church closest to the place where the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Now I am teaching at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo which is one of the biggest Christian Universities in Japan.

2. As you all know, I love sushi. I also like ramen.

3. I look forward to associating with theologians and students at Princeton Theological Seminary. I would also like to receive opinions from various perspectives regarding my research to date. I would also like people to know the political and historical reasons why evangelism is difficult in Japan.

4. My research topic is The Influence of Christianity on Religious Freedom in Asia. I am particularly interested in researching Daniel McGilvary who was a missionary in Thailand, because he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminar.

Eric Sarwar

1. I am from Karachi, Pakistan. I lived in Pakistan and the USA.  My home is now Los Angeles, Southern California.

2. My favorite meal is Dal, Chawal (Rice and Lentil) and Fish.

3. I look forward to exploring my Presbyterian roots, spending more time with my family, resting, restoring, and researching.

4. This year, I am exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the Presbyterian Mission in Pakistan. The research explores theological foundations, missional methods, and doxological implications of the Presbyterian from a native perspective.

Jones Otisi Kalu

1. I am Jones Otisi Kalu (Ph.D., University of Nigeria), a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. Since my ordination in 2009, I have served in different capacities (Associate Minister, Minister in charge, Theological Tutor, Seminary Registrar) and handled several responsibilities. Although from Abiriba (my ancestral hometown), Abia State, Nigeria, I have lived in various places, in Nigeria, but mostly in Aba, Abia State, where my wife and children continue to reside.
2. My favorite meal is “Asusu” with “Ugbogho” (a typical Abiriba delicacy).
3. I am looking forward to a productive academic year in PTS with commendable research output.
4. My research interest centers on Paul’s theology of generosity, primarily based on the “Jerusalem Collection”, and its implications for the involvement of the church in poverty alleviation.
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