The Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) is a program of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. ATSI is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation to encourage and promote “Asian Theological Studies” among Asians and Asian-Americans enrolled in theological education at the Ph.D and Th.D level in the United States. The Institute will function as an intensive doctoral level seminar and mentoring program. The Institute is bringing together well-known scholars and theologians to serve as instructors and mentors in themes related to Asian and Asian-American theology, hermeneutics, religious pluralism and post colonial studies.
The first ATSI is scheduled from May 29-June 3 in Philadelphia. Prof. Kwok Pui Lan, Prof. Andrew Sun Park, Prof. Eleazar Fernandez, Prof. R. S. Sugirtharajah and Prof. Paul Rajashekar will serve as instructors and mentors. The project has already received a good response from students and 15 students from diverse Asian cultural and linguistic backgrounds have been selected to participate. These doctoral students are studying in divinity schools and seminaries in the Eastern United States. More applications to participate in the program were received than anticipated. Those who could not get in this year will be invited for the second ATSI to be held in the summer of ’08. A full report of the project will be shared with you later this summer. For more information you may contact Dr. Paul Rajashekar.