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    Meet the 2023 New Scholars.

    Caro Pineda A.

    Caro is originally from Medellín, Colombia. She is pursuing her PhD at St. Andrews on shalom, justice, kingship, and sovereignty in contexts of violence and injustice, especially by connecting the Hebrew Bible to 21st-century Latin America.

    Sara Abdella Kedir

    Sara and her husband are the proud parents of two beautiful girls. She is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen. Her research topic is “Christian Ethics: Following and witnessing Jesus Christ in the university students’ union in Ethiopia (EvaSUE).”

    John Munayer

    John S. Munayer is a Palestinian theologian from Jerusalem. He lectures in multiple academic institutions in the Holy Land and is involved in interreligious peacebuilding initiatives. At the University of Edinburgh, he is researching Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious practices in the late Ottoman period in the Holy Land.

    Hossam Garas

    Hossam Garas is actively involved in numerous ministries in the Middle East. He is the founder of Baheb el-Hayah Student Campaigns and the Faith, Humanity, and Reality Seminar. He is working on his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. His research engages with the Muslim concept of "Ummah" by comparing how Muslim believers define community in theological and sociopolitical terms.

    Jocabed R. Solano Miselis

    Jocabed is from the Gunadule indigenous nation of Panama. She is the director of Memoria Indígena and a doctoral student in theological studies with an emphasis on indigenous theology. Her PhD at NAIITS considers the indigenous memory and lifeways of the Gunadule people as a source of theological revelation.

    Sameh Ibrahim

    Sameh is a pastor in Upper Egypt and a lecturer at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. His PhD at Asbury Theological Seminary connects the Gospel of Mark to the Egyptian Church's experience of suffering and its pursuit of discipleship.

    Kazusa Okaya

    Before moving to Chicago to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Kazusa served as a campus minister in Japan and still serves in advisory roles with different youth related initiatives there. At Durham University, he is studying reconciliation, communal identity, and forgiveness in the Japanese context.

    Loulwa El Maalouf

    Loulwa is originally from Lebanon and currently serves as the Director of Partnerships at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. She is pursuing a PhD at Columbia International University. Her research topic is “Organizational Leadership: Wise planning for successful leadership transitions in seminaries.”

    Tsion Seyoum Meren

    Tsion lives in Ethiopia with her husband and two children. She is working on her PhD at the University of Zurich. Her research topic is an embodied reading of the Pauline conception of new life in Christ, with emphasis given to the New Testament letters of Galatians and Romans.