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Perkins School of Youth Ministry Celebrates Three Decades of Relationship-Building
Cynthia Fierro Harvey (M.Div. ’99), bishop of the Louisiana Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church, has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Perkins School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The prestigious award will be presented to Bishop Harvey at a dinner banquet at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Nominating Deadline for Perkins’ Seals Laity Award
Nominations for the Perkins School of Theology’s 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award are being accepted through Dec. 1 of this year.
The prestigious award is presented annually to one or more U.S. laypersons who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment of service to Christ through faith and action in the church, the community and the world.

Perkins Names Louisiana Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as 2018 Distinguished Alumna
Cynthia Fierro Harvey (M.Div. ’99), bishop of the Louisiana Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church, has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Perkins School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The prestigious award will be presented to Bishop Harvey at a dinner banquet at 5 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Explore Your Next Steps at Perkins
All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins, a free information session offered by Perkins School of Theology. An evening session is set for Oct. 3, 5 to 8:30 p.m. and a daylong session will be held Nov. 13.

Noted Preaching Scholar, Author to Keynote ArkLaTex Lectures
Dr. Frank A. Thomas, an internationally renowned author, scholar and preacher, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, Oct. 22 at the second annual ArkLaTex (Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas) Lectures in Preaching.

Dialog to Examine Impact of Criminal Justice Reform, Theology on Path ‘from School to Prison’
An interdisciplinary dialogue, “The ABC’s of Theology and Criminal Justice Reform on the Lives of School Children of Color,” set for Monday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (5901 Bishop Boulevard) at Perkins School of Theology and will bring together scholars from Perkins School of Theology and the Dedman School of Law.

Explore Perkins, Graduate Theological Education During ‘Inside Perkins’ Event
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 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. In addition to receiving a first-hand look at the range of educational opportunities offered at both the Dallas campus and through the Houston-Galveston Extension Program, participants will have the opportunity to engage with noted theologian Dr. Stanley Hauerwas.

‘The Pietists’ Exhibition Opens at Bridwell Library, Special Presentation Oct. 12
These historical materials illustrate the theological and geographic diversity of the movement during its period of greatest influence, from the late seventeenth century until the early nineteenth century.

Perkins Invites Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 1.

Fall Convocation on Worship, Justice (7/25/2018)
"JustWorship" the 2018 Fall Convocation at Perkins School of Theology set for Nov. 12-13, will explore worship through the lenses of social justice and reconciliation with internationally acclaimed author, theologian and pastor Brian McLaren and Chicago-based preacher, liturgist and activist Sandra Maria Van Opstal.

Keeping Faith in a Multifaith Society (7/12/2018)
“Keeping Faith in a Multifaith Society” is the theme for the 2018 Houston Lay School of Theology, set for Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, in Houston. Featured speakers and discussion leaders include Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins School of Theology and Rev. Gregory Han of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston.

Perkins Names New Director of Master of Sacred Music Program
Marcell Steuernagel, an internationally acclaimed musician and scholar, is the new director of the Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.) Degree Program at Perkins School of Theology – Southern Methodist University.

Statement on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigration Policies (6/19/2018)
Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, on Monday, June 11, 2018, declared that a strict interpretation of asylum eligibility excludes victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, reversing his own Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals decision in 2016. In doing so, thousands of children, women and men fleeing Central America’s well-documented criminal gang violence are at risk. Also, at risk are the thousands of women and children fleeing honor killings and genital mutilation globally.

New Admissions Director, Associate Will Help Meet Perkins’ Increasing Demands (6/14/2018)
Dean Craig C. Hill of Perkins School of Theology has announced two hirings that will further enhance the school’s admissions and recruiting efforts.

Rev. Dr. William J. Abraham Receives SMU’s 2018 Faculty Career Achievement Award (5/9/2018)
Rev. Dr. William J. Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology, is the recipient of the 2018 SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award for his extensive work and dedication to Perkins and Southern Methodist University.

Andrew Keck assumes new position as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives (5/9/2018)
Perkins School of Theology has named Andrew Keck, former director of library services at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., as executive director of strategic initiatives. In the newly created position, Keck will work closely with Dean Craig C. Hill to provide leadership and management for school-wide projects and priorities.

2018 Commencement Activities Planned for Perkins School of Theology (5/14/2018)
Perkins School of Theology will honor graduating seniors with a variety of events, including Bishop Cynthia Harvey, a Perkins alumna (M.Div. ’99) and episcopal leader of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as preacher for the May 19 Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements.

Perkins Celebrates 2018 Graduates and Award Recipients (5/19/2018)
Seventy-five graduates of the Perkins School of Theology Class of 2018 were honored during the Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The ceremony, which took place at Highland Park United Methodist Church, also included the awarding of honors for academic excellence.

Perkins Names Anthony Elia New Director of Bridwell Library (4/11/2018)
Anthony Elia has been named J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and Director of Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, effective June 1. He succeeds retiring Director Roberta Schaafsma, who has served in that role since April 2007.

Prospective Students Invited to Attend Inside Perkins Event on Wednesday, April 11. (3/27/2018)
Are you discerning a call to ministry? Explore the possibilities of life-changing graduate theological education at Perkins School of Theology during a free information session offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

Hendrix College and Perkins Provide Streamlined Path to Seminary Study (3/2/2018)
Hendrix College students will have an opportunity for early admission to Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, thanks to a new agreement between the two institutions. The agreement honors the institutions’ heritage in The United Methodist Church and their shared commitment to training students for ministry.

Perkins Announces Hybrid Houston-Galveston Degree Program (2/26/2018)
Students in Perkins School of Theology’s Houston-Galveston Extension Program will be able to earn the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) degree completely on-site through a groundbreaking distance-education program scheduled to launch in fall 2018.

Bridwell Library Renovation Moves Forward (2/22/2018)
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. Funding secured from the J.S. Bridwell Foundation is enabling the $6.1 million renovation project to move forward. Renovations will allow the facility to continue its outstanding tradition of providing the highest quality resources and materials for theological scholarship and patron use.

Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, Perkins Faculty to Lead Theological School for the Laity (2/14/2018)
The 2018 Perkins Theological School for the Laity, a three-day event focusing on the Bible, theology, and spirituality is set for March 22-24 on the Southern Methodist University campus.

Perkins Names Three 2018 Seals Laity Award Recipients (2/14/2018)
Perkins School of Theology is honored to announce Dr. Lydia Bean, Dr. Kathryn S. Stream and Dr. Beverly E. White as recipients of the 2018 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award.

Inside Perkins Event for Prospective Students, Friday, Feb. 9. (2/7/2018)
Explore the possibilities of a life-changing graduate theological education. All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins, a free information session offered by Perkins School of Theology, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 9.

The Bridwell Library Presents: The Thomas J. Harrison Bible Collection (2/1/2018)
Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition highlighting forty-five Bibles from the collection of Thomas J. Harrison (1885-1963). This display will take place from February 1 through May 4, 2018 and will be located in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library.

Perkins School of Theology Faculty Publications 2017-18

Perkins School of Theology Faculty Publications. A selection of publications by the Prekins School of Theology Faculty.

Apply Now for Fall 2018 Perkins Scholarships, Deadline Approaching (1/29/2018)
Perkins School of Theology is accepting applications for merit-based scholarships (awarded on a rolling basis) through Thursday, Feb 1 and for need-based scholarships (provided upon availability) through Thursday, March 1.

Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology, Feb 17. (1/30/2018)
Father and son team, Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Texas Annual Conference and Rev. Arthur D. Jones of St. Andrew United Methodist Church Plano, will present their recent book Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age at the upcoming Houston Lay School of Theology.

Joseph Jaworski to present Bolin Family Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon Lecture (1/3/2018)
Critically acclaimed international best-selling author Joseph Jaworski will be the featured speaker for the 2018 Bolin Family Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 2, at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom of the Umphrey Lee Student Center on the SMU campus.

Bridwell Library Explores Three African American Bishops of The United Methodist Church (1/3/2018)
Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition of documents and images from the personal papers of Ernest T. Dixon, Jr. (1922-1996), William Talbot Handy, Jr. (1924-1998), and Rhymes H. Moncure, Jr. (1945-2006). These archival collections are being highlighted as part of the Black Archives Matter at SMU Initiative.


Summer 2018 Perspective Magazine

Read the Spring 2018 issue of Perspective, the alumni/ae magazine of Perkins School of Theology: "Servant Leadership
Embracing the new calling"

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