2016 News and Events

December 08, 2016

"Reconciling the World through Christ"

We hope that you enjoy "Reconciling the World through Christ," the 2016 Christmas Worship Service at Perkins School of Theology.

December 01, 2016

Prospective Students Invited to Attend Inside Perkins on Thursday, Dec. 1

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 Thursday, Dec. 1.

November 17, 2016

Perkins Faculty, SMU Students Presenting at Conference of Religious Scholars, Leaders

The annual joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature takes place Nov. 18-22 in San Antonio.

November 16, 2016

Christmas Worship Services: 4 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1

“Reconciling the World through Christ” is the theme for this year’s annual Perkins event, with services planned for 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel.

November 09, 2016

A Message from Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill

"One thing I hope we all share is a commitment to overcome the all-too-natural tendency to fear 'the other.' We all — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike — should be profoundly disturbed by and repudiate anything that encourages us to see others as objects and not as individuals whom God loves."

November 02, 2016

Prospective Students Invited to Attend Inside Perkins on Friday, Nov. 18

All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins and engage with faculty and staff from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

November 01, 2016

Early Admissions for November

Apply by Nov. 1 for priority merit scholarship consideration. Applications now being accepted for Spring and Fall 2017 enrollment, with the fee waived through March 1.

October 20, 2016

Houstonites: Discover Perkins During Oct. 20 Information Session

We invite all prospective degree and non-degree students or those contemplating a career switch to attend a free information session Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston.

September 19, 2016

Inside Perkins Information Session Planned for Thursday, Oct. 6

Inside Perkins participants will have an opportunity to engage with students and faculty, attend a class and worship, tour the school’s facilities and learn more about admissions and financial aid.

September 12, 2016

Greater Alaska Theological Education Scheduled for Sept. 16-17 in Anchorage

The conference, which will take place at St. John United Methodist Church, will consist of a Friday-evening lecture and Saturday workshops presented by Perkins professors Jaime Clark-Soles and Hugo Magallanes.

September 09, 2016

"Living the Covenant" to Help Deepen, Strengthen Discipleship

The conference, scheduled for Sept. 9-10, is an exploration of the baptismal covenant as a spiritual foundation for discipleship and witness.

September 08, 2016

Inside Perkins Information Session Planned for Thursday, Sept. 8

Come engage with students and faculty and learn more about the opportunities we can offer.

August 24, 2016

Make Plans to Attend Perkins School of Youth Ministry, Jan. 9-12, 2017

"Dream Again" is the theme for the 2017 conference, scheduled for Jan. 9-12. Filmmaker and author Marlon F. Hall headlines a dynamic group of speakers and workshop leaders for the conference, which will take place at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

August 19, 2016

Noted Author, Scholar N.T. Wright to Headline Upcoming Perkins Conference

Renowned biblical scholar N.T. Wright is the featured lecturer as Perkins School of Theology hosts "Simply Wright: N.T. Wright at Perkins | SMU" on Nov. 15-17, 2016.

August 18, 2016

Perkins Welcomes Fall 2016 Students

Perkins School of Theology welcomes our new and returning students to the Dallas campus and the Houston-Galveston Extension Program!

August 05, 2016

New Bridwell Library Exhibition Showcases Illuminations, Manuscripts Dating Back to 12th Century

The display surveys the wide range of illuminated manuscripts in Bridwell Library Special Collections representing the Christian, Judaic and Islamic traditions and includes items produced between the 12th and 19th centuries.

July 29, 2016

Come Join the Perkins Community as a Non-Degree Student

Are you looking for a way to expand your theological knowledge but aren't quite ready to commit to a particular degree program? Perkins School of Theology has just the answer: enroll as a non-degree student to experience all that Perkins has to offer.

July 21, 2016

Bart Patton Joins Perkins as Director of Youth, Young Adult Ministry Education

With nearly 20 years of ministry experience, Patton will provide oversight and strategic planning for Perkins’ programs for high school youth and their families, young adults and practitioners who work with these constituencies.

July 08, 2016

Perkins Hosts Prayer Vigil, Dean Hill Issues Statement in Response to Dallas Violence

Perkins School of Theology hosted a campus-wide midday prayer service July 8 in Perkins Chapel in response to the July 7 violence in downtown Dallas.

July 01, 2016

Craig C. Hill Officially Begins as Perkins Dean on July 1

Watch an introductory video message from Dean Craig C. Hill for a glimpse at his vision for Perkins.

June 23, 2016

Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology on Saturday, Aug. 13

The Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at SMU will present "The Christian, the Church and the Public Good" on Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

June 15, 2016

Service of Lament and Prayer in Response to Tragedy in Orlando Planned for noon June 15 in Perkins Chapel

Join the SMU community as we remember and mourn the lives lost.

June 15, 2016

Perkins Remembers Victims of Tragedy in Orlando with Service of Lament and Prayer

Rev. Dr. Mark Stamm, Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology, and Rev. Dr. Stephen Rankin, Chaplain and Minister to the University at SMU, led the service that took place June 15 in Perkins Chapel.

June 13, 2016

Dean-Designate Craig Hill Responds to Tragedy in Orlando

"We do not expect Perkins graduates ... to be of one perspective, but we can strive to be of one heart and one spirit."

June 01, 2016

Graduation Photos

April 14, 2016

Craig C. Hill Named Dean of Perkins School of Theology

Dr. Hill, a respected leader in theological education, will become the school's 11th dean when he officially takes office July 1, 2016.

March 21, 2016

Graduate Program in Religious Studies to Celebrate Milestone

Emeriti faculty and alumni are returning to campus March 31 and April 1 for a series of panels and a banquet luncheon recognizing the program's years of success.

March 10, 2016

Worship Service Honoring Memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero Planned for Wednesday, March 16

Professor Harold J. Recinos will preside over the service, which commemorates the 36th anniversary of the Archbishop's assassination in El Salvador.

March 07, 2016

Attend an Upcoming Inside Perkins Event in Dallas

This opportunity allows prospective students to visit our Dallas campus, attend classes and meet with members of the Perkins faculty.

February 20, 2016

Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology on Saturday, Feb. 20

Professor Jack Levison to present "Holy Spirit 101" at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

February 18, 2016

Perkins Names 2016 Person of Faith, Seals Laity Award Recipients

Dr. Mauro Ferrari and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger will be honored at an awards dinner on Friday, March 4, during Perkins Theological School for the Laity.

February 11, 2016

Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology on Saturday, Feb. 11

Dr. O. Wesley Allen Jr. will be presenting “The Reign of Heaven … What on Earth? The Heart of the Gospel of Matthew” during the day-long workshop at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

February 02, 2016

Inside Perkins Information Session Planned for Friday, Feb. 12

Come learn about our degree programs, engage with faculty and students, and tour facilities.

February 01, 2016

Deadline for Merit Scholarships is February 1, 2016

Each year, nearly 75 percent of Perkins students will receive some form of financial assistance from Perkins School of Theology. Perkins also will waive its $50 fee for all applications completed by March 1.

February 01, 2016

New Bridwell Library Exhibition Showcases Ruth and Lyle Sellers Medical Collection

The collection will be on display through July 1, 2016, in the Elizabeth Perkins Protho Gallery.

January 21, 2016

Perkins Dean to Deliver Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Sermon on Jan. 21, 2016

The "Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God," to take place at University Park United Methodist Church, is part of the annual eight-day observance (Jan. 18-25) -- sponsored by the World Council of Churches -- that encompasses Christian congregations and parishes across the globe.

January 09, 2016

Professor Emerita Marjorie Procter-Smith Earns Top Award from North American Academy of Liturgy

The Le Van Professor Emerita of Preaching and Worship was presented the Berakah Award during NAAL's annual meeting on Jan. 9 in Houston.

January 05, 2016

Perkins School of Theology Names 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Rev. John McKellar, Pastor of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and Rev. Linda Roby, Associate Minister of Local and Global Missions at First United Methodist Church Dallas, will be honored at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, during the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet.

January 01, 2016

Annual Conference Events in Your Area

Join other Perkins alumni/ae and friends to visit with a special representative from the school as well as learn new and exciting happenings at your alma mater!