60th Anniversary of Advent Worship Tradition
As they have every year since 1959, members of the SMU community will be joined by friends from around Dallas for Advent worship on Thursday, December 5– but with one key change. This year there will be just one service, at 6 p.m., rather than two services as in past years.
2019 Fall Convocation Wrap-Up
With travel writer Rick Steves headlining, this year’s Fall Convocation offered a truly international experience. Attendees heard keynote speakers from three different continents, praise music in 17 different languages and human stories of hope and struggle from around the world.
Prospective Students Invited to Explore Perkins on Dec. 5
Prospective students considering graduate theological education at Perkins will receive a first-hand look at the range of educational opportunities offered, meet with current students and faculty, attend a class, tour the school’s facilities and learn more about admissions and financial aid.
Perkins Forges Agreement with National Nonprofit Project Transformation
Perkins School of Theology has established a partnership with the nonprofit Project Transformation National to provide a preferred pathway for Project Transformation interns and alumni considering a graduate theological education at Perkins.
Perkins ‘Reboot’ Youth Ministry Initiative Announces Starter Cohort
“Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker,” designed to equip entire congregations to serve in ministry with youth, has announced the selection of 18 diverse congregations to form its initial (starter) cohort.
2019 Perspective Magazine
Perspective magazine, distributed annually, is the official print publication for alumni/ae, friends, donors and supporters of Perkins School of Theology. We invite you to read the 2019 Spring issue of Perspective today.
Worthy Opponents: Susanne Scholz and Billy Abraham are ideological adversaries, unlikely friends.
You wouldn’t expect Scholz and Abraham to be good friends. You might even wonder whether the two Perkins faculty members could manage a civil conversation.
A Message from Dean Hill: Summer Reading List
"Whether in the company of these books or others, I trust that you will join me in renewing your mind and spirit over the summer."
2019 Commencement and Perkins Celebration
A fond farewell to the Class of 2019 at the Perkins Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements.
A message from Dean Hill on Grace
What makes life together possible? In a faith community as well as in a family, I would suggest that the answer is grace.
How Jazz Came to Church
As sacred spaces go, Perkins Chapel has always been rather austere and stately. But on May 20, 1959, it showed it could swing. That day Perkins Chapel hosted the first-ever jazz liturgical service.
MAST Program Launched at Perkins
Since its founding, Perkins has prepared students for the pulpit. Now, a new program is helping Perkins students to prepare to speak through alternative “pulpits” – books, blogs, film, music and other media.
2019 Perkins Theological School for the Laity
More than 200 laity and others gathered at the SMU campus March 28-30 to pause and learn from some of the nation’s foremost teachers of the Bible, religion, theology, and ministry from the faculty of Perkins.
A message from Dean Hill on this month’s called United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis.
With the approach of this month’s called United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis – and the contentiousness and uncertainty accompanying it – Dean Craig Hill writes that “change is the only constant” in church history, yet some things never change, including Perkins’ abiding commitment to serve the whole church, whatever its institutional forms.
A Look at the 2019 Perkins School of Youth Ministry
In January, 175 youth ministers and workers from 11 states and seven annual conferences traveled to Dallas for the annual Perkins School of Youth Ministry at Highland Park United Methodist Church. With the theme “Breathe,” the gathering gave youth ministry staffers a place for fellowship as well as practical instruction.
Watch the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Awards Banquet video with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.
Cynthia Fierro Harvey (M.Div. ’99), bishop of the Louisiana Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church, received the 2018 recipient of the Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus/a Award on Nov. 12. The event was held in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall on the Perkins campus. Watch the video below.
Hybrid Houston-Galveston Degree Program
Students in Perkins' Houston-Galveston Extension Program will be able to earn the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Ministry degree on-site through a groundbreaking distance-education program.
Rev. Dr. William J. Abraham Receives SMU’s 2018 Faculty Career Achievement Award
Perkins professor, Dr. Abraham, is the recipient of the 2018 SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award for his extensive work and dedication to Perkins and SMU.
Perkins Faculty Honor MLK Legacy on 50th Anniversary of his Death
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Two Perkins faculty members share thoughts on his prophetic life and legacy.
Bridwell Library Renovation Moves Forward
SMU is announcing plans to move forward with renovation of Bridwell Library, one of SMU’s most visible libraries and one of the preeminent theological libraries in the country.
Perkins Announces Partnership with Wesley House, Cambridge
Perkins School of Theology's partnership with Wesley House, Cambridge in England providing a unique international study opportunity for two recent Perkins graduates.
Hogarth Exhibition Provides Glimpse of Wesley’s England
Print collection, on display in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, shows artist's satirical look at 18th century Britain.