Public Life|Personal Faith

Public Life | Personal Faith Colloquium, Luncheon, and Lecture

The Public Life|Personal Faith series, inaugurated in 2010, is a fundraising and outreach event of Perkins School of Theology in service to the larger community. The lecture and colloquium provide an opportunity for participants to engage scholars on topics related to why and how personal faith shapes public life. “We are called to know, love, and serve God and neighbor in our daily lives through sharing the Gospel of truth, mercy, justice, and love,” explains Dr. John Martin, director of development at Perkins. “Personal faith has practical consequences for the way we think, speak, make choices, and live our public lives.” This luncheon also serves as a major fundraiser for the Center for Religious Leadership, one of the important programs at Perkins. 

More about the 2017 event: 

The Bolin Family 2017 Public Life | Personal Faith Colloquium, Luncheon, and Lecture, hosted by Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will feature  Mr. Ron Fournier, for a lecture and colloquium on Friday, February 3. Ron Fournier is the award-winning and nationally-acclaimed senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he was the Washington bureau chief and a 20-year veteran of the Associated Press. There, POLITICO described him as “a consistent news-breaker while maintaining the classic low-profile style of a wire reporter.” As a columnist today, The Week calls him “the most well-read political writer in America” and said, “This veteran writer has become Washington’s most trenchant, most compulsively readable political critic. Liberal or conservative, libertarian or other, you’d be wise to start reading him.” 


The Colloquium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, 5901 Bishop Boulevard, on the SMU campus. The colloquium offers a time for informal remarks from the speakers as well as Q&A from students, faculty members, and other attendees.

Reservations are required for the Luncheon and Lecture, which will be held from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer Street, on the SMU campus. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are now available.

The Public Life | Personal Faith event is sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by the family of Pat and Jane Bolin. Pat Bolin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at EagleCorp and Eagle Oil & Gas Co. in Dallas, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (B.A.’73) and 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the SMU Cox School of Business.