SERVICE: The Mission and the Newsletter

Since its founding, the School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (today’s Perkins School of Theology) has promoted the ideal of service to humanity.  During Paul B. Kern’s tenure as Dean (1920-1926), evidence of the School’s emphasis on service could be found in its curriculum, innovative educational outreach programs, and publications.  One early publication in particular proclaimed the ideal openly in its one-word title: SERVICE.

The School of Theology published twenty-seven issues of SERVICE between May 1920 and March 1926. In addition to being a means of communicating with students and alumni, SERVICE publicized the School of Theology’s programs throughout the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Twenty-six complete issues of SERVICE are available for study in the Archives at Bridwell Library and online at

Service Newsletter March 1925