Public Life|Personal Faith

Public Life | Personal Faith Luncheon and Lecture

Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon

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 provides 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 student scholarships.

More about the 2018 event: 

The Bolin Family 2018 Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon, hosted by Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will feature critically acclaimed best-selling author Joseph Jaworski of Austin.  The founder and chairman of Generon International and the Global Leadership Initiative will join Dean Craig C. Hill for a conversation on the topic of servant leadership. Jaworski is the author of Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, the co-author of Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society, and recently released Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation.   

Jaworski has devoted much of his life to exploring the deeper dimensions of transformational leadership.  In his role with Generon, he advises CEOs and senior executives in Fortune 500 companies and specializes in the design and execution of large scale organizational change as well as strategy formation and implementation.  He is a prominent thought leader in the discipline of “Strategic Foresight,” enabling leaders to deepen their capacity for tactical and strategic insight.

Dr. Craig C. Hill began his tenure as Dean at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology in 2016.  He has had a distinguished academic career as a pastor, professor, administrator, researcher, and writer.  Hill’s greatly praised book Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus has been widely used in churches and other settings.  Hill’s combination of a warm personality and academic rigor has set the tone for the next decade of advancement at Perkins School of Theology.


Reservations are required for the Luncheon 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. Individual tickets are now available.

The Public Life | Personal Faith event is sponsored for the sixth 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.