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Announcing OMSC@PTS’s LAMIN SANNEH RESEARCH GRANT (2022-2024) Awardees

OMSC@PTS is delighted to award Francis Benyah and Fides del Castillo our 2022-2024 Lamin Sanneh Research Grants ($10,000 each). Their projects contain great promise for expanding the horizons of mission studies, world Christianity, and intercultural theology, utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches that integrate theology, history, and social sciences to advance our understanding of the world Christian movement. Please join us in celebrating their work and scholarship!

Francis Benyah is a doctoral student at the Department for the Study of Religions, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. In addition to his doctoral research, Benyah also teaches in Åbo Akademi’s international masters programme in social exclusion. He has also served as a PhD guest researcher at the Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen. His research interest focuses on African Pentecostal Christianity with a special interest in how it intersects and interact with public life in areas such as media, politics, health, and human rights.

Research Project Title: Mapping Cosmologies of Mental Health: A Study on Pentecostal Prayer Camps and Indigenous Knowledge of Healing in Ghana

Fides del Castillo holds a doctorate in Religious and Values Education from De La Salle University-Manila and a certificate in Adult Faith Formation from Fordham University, New York. Currently, she is the Associate Dean of De La Salle University – Laguna Campus. Fides is also President of the Network of Professional Researchers and Educators and Consultant to the CBCP Basic Ecclesial Communities. She is a member of the International Association for Mission Studies, Ecclesia of Women in Asia, Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the American Academy of Religion. Her latest edited book is Flourishing Faith: 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. Her research interests are Christian mission, empirical theology, lived religion, and spirituality.

Research Project Title: Laylayan Theology: Lived Religion of Christian Migrant Workers in Asia

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