LSTC Graduate Spotlight 2024

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Luckmal Dewappriya Panditharathna

Master of Theology

What is your favorite memory of your time at LSTC?

My favorite memory at LSTC is the community life, especially the communal life at LRWC, where domestic and international students shared their lives, cultures, and experiences and held each other to become better academics.

What was the most meaningful class you took?

It is hard to name one class. As a post-graduate student, I had to give special attention to the classes that I had selected because, at the end of the day, those classes should be meaningful to my area of study. If I named a few of them, Christianity in Asia with Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony, Graduate History Seminar: Historiography and Method with Dr. Mark Swanson, Praxis for Intercultural Transformation with Dr. Jaruko Doi and Dr. Roger Schroeder and Constants in Context with Dr. Steve Bevans.

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?

I am a recipient of 75% of the tuition scholarship.

Academically, I would like to appreciate the support and guidance given by Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony my former advisor, Dr. Mark Swanson my current advisor, and Dr. Rob Worley, the director of LRWC.

I also would like to be thankful to both international and domestic student communities for their support and fellowship. At last, but not least, my heartful appreciation to Rev. Dr. Earldy Mendis for his support and guidance.

What are your post-graduation plans?

Currently, I am in the Ph.D. program and planning to return to Sri Lanka at the end of my studies.

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

Being an international student at LSTC, the multicultural environment at the seminary helped me to expose myself to different theological points of view. Also, the set of tools I received for theological intersectionality is vital to future academia and leadership.

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