Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology, Feb. 16

Perkins to Offer Houston Lay School of Theology, Feb. 16


February 5, 2019

DALLAS (SMU) – 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 Theologyand made possible in part by the Howard-Holbert Endowment at SMU.


Participants will be invited to travel back in time to rediscover the spiritual riches of the ascetic mothers and fathers of the desert, who left mainstream society to devote themselves to worship, prayer and contemplation of Christ in the deserts of Egypt and Syria.


“For the patriarchs, and the prophets, and the mothers, and disciples, yes even for Christ, the desert was a place that refined one’s strength,” said Lewis. “The desert is the place of suffering, but also deepens one’s sense of dependence on God.”


Included in the course is the chance to reflect on the writings of the mothers and fathers of the desert and to learn from their prayer practices.


The Houston Lay School of Theology meets each February and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology and church leadership with faculty from Perkins. Lunch and the purchase price of the book are included in the course fee, with books distributed at the class.  


Advance registration is available through Feb. 11 for $70, with onsite registration costing $80. A$25 welcome discount is available to new attendees, both through advance online registration and at the door.Continuing-education credit (.5 CEU) also is available for an additional $15.


Visit the Perkins website for more information and to register or call 214-768-2390. 


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.