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Announcing OMSC@PTS’s LAMIN SANNEH RESEARCH GRANT (2023-2025) Awardees

OMSC@PTS is delighted to award Stephen Kapinde and Younghwa Kim our 2023-2025 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!

Stephen Kapinde is a Lecturer in Religion and Public Life at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pwani University, Kenya. He is also an adjunct Associate Lecturer, Religion and Global Politics, University of London Worldwide, UK. Dr. Kapinde holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and a Master of Arts in Religion and Public Life from Pwani University in Kenya. Recently, he completed his Postdoctoral Monograph Fellowship at Polin Institute, Abo Akademi in Finland. Dr. Kapinde conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research on religion and politics, peacebuilding, reconciliation, transitional justice, gender and citizenship, and inter-religious dialogue. He is also an expert consultant on issues related to Religion and counter-violent extremism in the Horn of Africa.

Research Project Title: “Towards a Dialogical Theology”: An Integrated and Multidimensional Inter-faith Approach to Counter-Violent Extremism and Peacebuilding in Kenya

Younghwa Kim is a doctoral candidate in World Christianity at Emory University. He holds a S.T.M. in World Christianity from Yale Divinity School, a M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology, and a B.A. in Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea. Younghwa’s dissertation examines the lives, practices, and theologies of Korean Christian women in Korea and later as missionaries in Pakistan by focusing on the tensions, negotiations, and exchanges emerging from the interactions of Korean women with transnational and Korean social and religious contexts. His broader research and teaching interests include World Christianity, mission history, Asian Christianity, Asian religions, and inter-religious dialogue.

Research Project Title: Transnational Encounters and Korean Christian Women in Pakistan, 1916-1974

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