Perkins Theological School for the Laity to Offer Rich Selection of Courses Geared Toward Lay Audience


DALLAS (SMU) – Three days of courses taught by Perkins School of Theology professors and a visiting New Testament scholar highlight this year’s Perkins Theological School for the Laity.

“Head Strong, Heart Felt: Welcome to a World of Learning at Perkins,” features a collection of course offerings that focus on the Bible, theology and spirituality. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, to Saturday, April 1 at Perkins.

“What I hear most often from PTSL participants is their delight in being able to go deeper into a topic than can happen during an hour-long Sunday School class or Bible study,” said Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, Associate Dean for External Programs at Perkins. “Having the opportunity to learn from a Perkins faculty member is a dream come true for them.”

PTSL attendees can choose two courses that do not conflict schedule-wise from the following seven courses:

Thursday/Friday Two-Day Courses:
• “Viewing the 2016 Presidential Election through the Bible” – Dr. Sze-Kar Wan, Professor of New Testament
• “Group Bible Study and Difficult Dialogue in Contentious Contexts” – Dr. Susanne Johnson, Associate Professor of Christian Education

Friday One-Day Courses:
• “Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls” – Dr. Angela Kim Harkins, Associate Professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
• “Spiritual Autobiography” – Dr. Rebekah Miles, Professor of Ethics and Practical Theology

Saturday One-Day Courses:
• “The Reign of Heaven … What on Earth? The Heart of the Gospel of Matthew” – Dr. Wes Allen, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics
• “Holy Spirit 101” – Dr. Jack Levison, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew
• “Social Holiness: Exploring our Wesleyan Roots” – Dr. Hugo Magallanes, Associate Professor of Christianity and Cultures

A special interdisciplinary panel – “How Should We Understand Pain?” – will take place in conjunction with PTSL beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 30. This discussion will provide insight on how ancient texts such as Homer’s Iliad, the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls address handling pain. Panelists include Dr. Jack Levison, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins; Dr. Robert Fine of Baylor Scott & White Health; Dr. Angela Kim Harkins, Associate Professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; and Dr. Brooke Holmes, Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

Additionally, Dr. Craig C. Hill, dean of Perkins School of Theology, will lead Thursday’s opening worship service.

Early registration prices are available through Thursday, March 23, and a $25 discount is available for first-time registrants. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits also are available for a $25 fee.

More information and course descriptions: http://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/LaySchools/Dallas/PTSL_2017 

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Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.