Our ability to respond positively and productively in new cultural situations depends as much on our feelings as on our knowledge. Let’s look at some examples, and how we can also fall in love with a different culture.
Robert A. Hunt was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1955. After attending school in Austin and Richardson, he majored in History at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) he and his wife Lilian moved to Kuala Lumpur, where they taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. From 1993 to 1997 he taught at the Trinity Theological College in Singapore. In 1994 he received his PhD from the University of Malaya, focusing on Christian understandings of and relationships with Muslims in Southeast Asia. From 1997 to 2004 he was a United Methodist pastor in Vienna, and Adjunct Professor in International Relations at Webster University in Vienna. Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and teaches courses in World Religions, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Cultural Intelligence.