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Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill to Lead Feb. 22 Houston Lay School of Theology Program
Craig C. Hill, dean of Perkins School of Theology, will lead a day-long course, “Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus” at the Houston Lay School of Theology from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on February 22, 2020 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston.

History Documentary Cinco Olas sobre Dallas (Five Waves Over Dallas) Premieres Dec. 2
A Spanish-language version of Ted A. Campbell’s film, Five Waves Over Dallas (Cinco Olas sobre Dallas) will premiere at Casa Linda United Methodist Church on Monday, December 2, at 7 p.m. The documentary tells of the overlapping migrations that shaped the Dallas area over the past 250 years—from the earliest native-American tribes to today’s global diversity.

Prospective Students Invited to Attend Inside Perkins Event Dec. 5
All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins, a free information session offered by Perkins School of Theology, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Perkins School of Theology Marks 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.

Perkins to Host Hybrid Program, D.Min. Information Session Dec. 3
Learn about hybrid graduate theological education during a special information session set for Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Houston, Texas. The program, which offers the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) degrees, meets students where they are—spiritually and geographically—through hybrid courses and one-week intensives on-site in Houston.

Prospective Students Invited to Explore Perkins, Hear Rick Steves Nov. 12
Prospective students considering graduate theological education at Perkins School of Theology will have the opportunity to attend a seminar with TV travel host Rick Steves, enjoy lunch and conversation with two notable agents of social change, and will hear from current students during the Nov. 12 “Inside Perkins” event.

Explore Call to Ministry, Graduate Theological Education at Oct. 17 Inside Perkins Event
Are you discerning your call to ministry? Are you considering graduate theological education? Join us as we explore the possibilities of a life-changing experience at Perkins School of Theology during “Inside Perkins” on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chinese Theologian to Headline Oct. 22 Panel Discussion
“Hong Kong Protests: A Messianic Movement,” a panel discussion examining the current situation in Hong Kong, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall on the SMU campus.

Nominations Accepted through Dec. 1 for 2020 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award
The annual award is presented to a layperson in the United States who exemplifies an exceptional commitment of service to Christ through faith and action in the church, community and world. Awarded first in 1993, the award has been presented to more than 45 distinguished laypersons throughout the years.

Perkins Professor to Examine ‘Spirits, Spirits & Spirit’ at Houston Theology on Tap
A look at “Spirits, Spirits & Spirit: Exploring ghosts, goblins, and the spiritual realm” is the focus of Theology on Tap, a gathering for Houston-area young adults, set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kindred, 2515 Waugh Drive, Houston 77006.

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 Names the Rev. Katherine Glaze Lyle as 2019 Distinguished Alumna
The award recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support for the goals of Perkins and Southern Methodist University, outstanding service to the community, and exemplary character.

Perkins Baptist House of Studies to Host Amanda Tyler Oct. 3
The Perkins Baptist House of Studies will host Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, for two events on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Perkins ‘Reboot’ Youth Ministry Initiative Announces Starter Cohort
“Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker,” a new initiative of Perkins School of Theology 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.

Oct. 7 ArkLaTex Lectures to Feature Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Premier Teacher of Preachers
One of this generation’s leading scholars in homiletics will be the featured speaker at the third annual ArkLaTex (Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas) Lectures in Preaching on Monday, Oct. 7 at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Texas.

Fall 2019 Semester Begins for Students at the Dallas and Houston-Galveston Campuses of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology
Even though the summer heat still rages, the feeling of fall is in the air, as students at Perkins School of Theology return to their studies and the Fall 2019 semester gets underway. The Houston-Galveston Extension Program kicks off on August 19 and classes begin on August 26 for students at the Dallas campus of SMU.

Novelist Chandrahas Choudhury to Headline Perkins Indian Literature and History Event
Renowned Indian novelist Chandrahas Choudhury will come to the SMU campus on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 for a half-day interdisciplinary conference focused on Indian literature and its role within our global community.

Perkins Announces Dr. Ángel J. Gallardo as New Intern Program Associate Director
Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is pleased to announce that Dr. Ángel J. Gallardo has joined the faculty and staff as Associate Director of the Intern Program. Dr. Gallardo brings a rich range of experiences to this new position. Most recently, he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU in 2018.

TV host Rick Steves to headline Perkins’ 2019 Fall Convocation, Mission Quest: Finding Your Place in God’s World
TV host and travel author Rick Steves leads the lineup of distinguished speakers for Perkins’ annual fall convocation, “Mission Quest: Finding Your Place in God’s World,” November 11-12 at Highland Park United Methodist Church and on the campus of SMU. This annual event offers two days of lectures, workshops, dialogue with speakers and participants, Bible study and worship.

Perkins Invites Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for its 2019 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Sept. 2.

Applications Due for Houston-Galveston, Dallas Master’s Programs
The application due dates are fast approaching for all Fall 2019 master’s degree programs at Perkins School of Theology. The submission of applications for the Houston-Galveston Hybrid Program must be completed by Friday, June 30. Applications for the Dallas campus programs must be completed by Wednesday, July 31.

Houston Lay School of Theology: August 2019
Perkins School of Theology will present “The Wit of Alyce McKenzie & The Wisdom of the Bible” at the two-day Houston Lay School of Theology, August 16-17, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street in Houston.

Remembering Rev. Dr. Schubert Ogden
The Rev. Dr. Schubert Ogden earned broad renown as a United Methodist theologian — writing challenging books and articles, winning top honors and fellowships, and eventually becoming the subject of younger scholars’ analysis.

Mark Your Calendar: September 20-21, 2019
The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times

The Art of Resilience will address the current social climate as well as public policies impacting Latino/a families and communities and how those policies test human rights commitments and the democratic process. The event will bring together the work of theologians, scholars, artists and community members.

“Preaching and the 30-Second Commercial” Workshop Offers Unique Approach
What can preachers learn from advertisers? For starters, advertisers know how to cut through the noise in the marketplace. There are also creative processes used by advertising firms that can jump start sermon preparation. “Preaching and the 30-Second Commercial” is a workshop offered by the Center for Preaching Excellence at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

A Statement from Perkins School of Theology Dean Craig C. Hill
On February 26, 2019, the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted the “Traditional Plan,” which continues to exclude “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from ordained ministry and prohibits clergy from officiating at same-sex weddings. This decision has given birth to a great many uncertainties, but at least one thing is absolutely clear: it in no way changes our institution’s historic stance of inclusion.

Perkins School of Theology-SMU to Continue Spanish-Language Th.M. Degree Program with Second Cohort in 2019
Perkins School of Theology-Southern Methodist University will offer a Spanish-language Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree to a second cohort of students beginning in the fall of 2019. The advanced Master’s degree is a non-residential program designed for experienced full-time pastors or Church/academic leaders. Once selected, the next group will follow the same path as the first cohort of seven students, who began in the fall of 2017 and will graduate in May.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Zirschky, Adam Hamilton and Perkins Faculty to Lead 2019 Perkins Theological School for the Laity
The 2019 Perkins Theological School for the Laity, a three-day event focusing on the Bible, theology, and spirituality is set for March 28-30 on the Southern Methodist University campus. A free evening lecture will feature the Rev. Dr. Andrew Zirschky, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary.

Perkins Names 2019 Seals Laity Award Recipient
Perkins School of Theology is honored to announce John M. Esquivel as the recipient of the 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award. He will be recognized at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2018, during the opening worship service of the three-day Perkins Theological School for the Laity in Perkins Chapel.

Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology, Feb. 16
Dr. Tamara Lewis, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Perkins School of Theology, will explore “Praying with the Desert Fathers and Mothers” during the annual Houston Lay School of Theology. The day-long course -- scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church (5510 Main St.) -- is sponsored by the Office of External Programs at Perkins School of Theology and made possible in part by the Howard-Holbert Endowment at SMU.

Perkins Receives $1 Million Lilly Endowment Grant to Strengthen Congregational Ministries with Youth
Perkins School of Theology is the recipient of a five-year, $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., for an initiative designed to strengthen congregational ministries with youth. Co-directors of the grant are the Rev. Bart Patton, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Education, and Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, Associate Dean, Office of External Programs.

Perkins School of Theology Faculty Publications 2018-19
A selection of publications by the Perkins School of Theology Faculty.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award
The annual award is presented to a layperson in the United States who exemplifies an exceptional commitment of service to Christ through faith and action in the church, community and world. Awarded first in 1993, the award has been presented to more than 45 distinguished laypersons throughout the years.

Annual Advent Service Set for Dec. 6 at Perkins School of Theology: 'What Child Is This?'
As it has every year since 1959, the Perkins School of Theology community will celebrate Advent by recalling an ancient story: the coming of the Christ Child. This year, however, the annual worship service will include some new twists. It’s the first led by Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Perkins’ new Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

The 2018 Aldersgate Prize has been awarded to Dr. Natalia Marandiuc, a theologian from Southern Methodist University
Indiana Wesleyan University’s John Wesley Honors College is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Aldersgate Prize: Natalia Marandiuc’s “The Goodness of Home: Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Self” (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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.

Perkins-SMU Faculty, Students Presenting at Conference of Religious Scholars, Leaders
The annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature takes place Nov. 17-20 in Denver, and many Perkins School of Theology and SMU professors—as well as SMU Ph.D. students— will be presenting research and participating on panels and in committees.

Read the Spring 2019 issue of Perspective, the alumni/ae magazine of Perkins School of Theology: "An Academy for the Whole Church in the Whole World"

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