LSTC Graduate Spotlight 2023

Headshot of Immanuel Paul Vivekanandh Karunakaran

Immanuel Paul Vivekanandh Karunakaran

He / Him / His
PhD (graduating ThM)

What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?

My Favorite memory at LSTC was in the classroom with Dr Marvin Wickware, learning about James Cone’s Theology and how he influenced Dalit Theology to create space for a dialogue with other liberation theologies.

What was the most meaningful class you took?

Every class I took at LSTC was meaningful, and I would like to list the most cherished as well as disturbing classes for the readers so that they can also challenge themselves by attending these courses.

  • Theologies from the Cross with Dr Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez,
  • Theology of James Cone with Dr. Marvin Wickware
  • Narratives of Resistance & Hermeneutical Inquiry with Dr José David Rodríguez
  • Historiography with Dr Mark Swanson ‘
  • Samuel Dewitt Proctor conference with Dr. Linda Thomas

I love all of the above classes, and all these classes gave me the meaning of why I am called into this world.

How did you feel supported during your seminary journey? Were you the recipient of any major scholarships? What communities or people uplifted you during your studies?

Without Scholarships, I could not even imagine a PhD. I was supported with 50% tuition at the time of my admission, and the following year I was awarded 75%. And I also received a need-based Federal scholarship during the time of Covid. I also received support from Student services at the time of family Loss. I am grateful to LRWC and the international student community, who always support me and my family.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I am continuing my research to complete my PhD, which will be my focus now.

How did LSTC shape you as a future leader of the public church?

Being a Student at LSTC, I am exposed to the realities of Racism, where I found intersectionality with Caste, which motivated me to learn more about how race works in the US. I am trained in Anti-racism and am part of the Anti-Racism Transformation team that collectively engages in courageous talks to address institutional racism in LSTC. LSTC shapes me to use the intersectional lens effectively to address multiple marginalities. I would like to focus on Race, Religion and Art, with a particular focus on Caste and Race Intersectionality. I am sure I will contribute alternatives to the ongoing struggle of the church and society in the US and worldwide.

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