2020 News and Events

December 10, 2020

Lilly Endowment Inc. Awards Perkins $1M for New Congregational Vitality Program

Southern Methodist University (SMU) has received a $999,975 grant to support Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony as Community Engagement program.

November 25, 2020

Perkins Names Don Underwood and Sid Hall as 2020 Distinguished Alumni

The Perkins School of Theology Alumni/ae Council has selected the Rev. Donald W. Underwood and the Rev. Dr. Sidney G. Hall, III as recipients the 2020 Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.

November 24, 2020

Perkins Virtual Advent Service Set for Thursday, Dec. 3

Like many other annual events, the Perkins Advent Worship service will go virtual this year.

November 18, 2020

Perkins to Host Enneagram Workshop in Partnership with Life in the Trinity Ministry

Perkins School of Theology, in partnership with Life in the Trinity Ministry (LTM), will offer an online Enneagram workshop on December 3-4, 2020, led by instructor Billy Schewee.

November 12, 2020

Registration Open for 2021 Perkins School of Youth Ministry

Registration is now open for the 2021 Perkins School of Youth Ministry (PSYM), January 11-14, 2021, a four-day educational gathering for youth ministers. In past years, the event is held on the campus of SMU and at Highland Park United Methodist Church, but this year’s event will take place virtually.

October 14, 2020

Virtual Conversation to Feature Dr. Alyce McKenzie, Sister Helen Prejean

Dr. Alyce McKenzie will host a conversation, “Equity in Religion,” with Sister Helen Prejean on October 27 at 11 a.m. as part of the bigBANG! 2020 conference.

October 12, 2020

Nominations Accepted through Dec. 1 for 2021 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Perkins School of Theology Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award and will be accepted through December 1, 2020.

September 30, 2020

Connect, Discern, Explore Perkins this Fall Via Virtual Information Sessions

Replacing the traditional “Inside Perkins” events held on campus in past years, Perkins School of Theology’s Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is offering a series of virtual gatherings designed to allow you to safely Connect, Discern and Explore our community as you consider your theological educational future.

September 08, 2020

Registration is Now Open for Perkins Fall Convocation, Nov. 15-16

Author Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Theological Seminary and Grammy-award winning gospel music icon Kirk Franklin will headline the annual Perkins School of Theology Fall Convocation, “Leading into Change,” which will take place online Nov. 15-16, 2020.

September 04, 2020

2020 Barton Lecture with Dr. Luis Pedraja Takes Place September 21

Dr. Luis Pedraja, president of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Massachusetts, will deliver the 2020 Barton Lecture, “Living in the Margins: Theology and Education in the New Decade,” to be presented virtually on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

September 04, 2020

La Conferencia Barton 2020 con el Dr. Luis Pedraja tendrá lugar el 21 de septiembre

El Dr. Luis Pedraja, presidente de Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) en Worcester, Massachusetts, expondrá la Conferencia Barton 2020, "Viviendo en los Márgenes: Teología y Educación en la Nueva Década", que se presentará virtualmente el lunes, 21 de septiembre a las 7 p.m.

August 17, 2020

Theological Panel on the Pandemic

Four Perkins faculty members will take part in an online panel discussion, “Hope, Justice, and the Pandemic: A Theological Conversation,” on Wednesday, August 19 at 4 p.m. Central time.

August 14, 2020

2020 All-University Commencement

Southern Methodist University will host an All-University Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. in the Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The two-hour ceremony, originally scheduled for May but postponed because of SMU's campus closure due to COVID-19, will honor 2020 graduates and candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs.

August 12, 2020

Reboot Youth Ministry Initiative Announces Innovator Cohort

The Lilly Endowment-funded initiative at Perkins School of Theology, “Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker,” has selected 10 congregations for the program’s second phase of developing innovative congregational youth ministry.

August 11, 2020

Perkins Invites Nominations for 2020 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for its 2020 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, Sept. 30.

July 28, 2020

Perkins to Assist COVID-19 Response Efforts Thanks to Luce Foundation Grant

Perkins School of Theology at SMU is distributing $155,000 to United Methodist Annual Conferences and other ministry partners during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to an emergency grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.

June 24, 2020

SMU Coalition to Sponsor Day of Prayer for Racial Healing

A Southern Methodist University-based coalition is calling the Dallas community to a day of prayer for healing from social injustice, racism, racial profiling and stereotyping on Sunday, June 28.

June 16, 2020

Natalia Marandiuc Selected as Templeton Fellow

Dr. Natalia Marandiuc, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology, has been selected to participate in the New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA) Templeton Grant as a recipient of a Fellowship in Science-Engaged Theology.

June 11, 2020

Safe Return: Guide for Worship Leaders During the Pandemic Released, with Input from Perkins Community Members

Christians have always assembled with Jesus’s assurance that “where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20). But as churches begin re-opening for worship, many wonder about the best ways to do so safely.

April 30, 2020

Perkins to Host Hybrid Program Virtual Information Session May 7

Learn about hybrid graduate theological education through SMU Perkins School of Theology during a special, online information session, “The Houston-Galveston Virtual Experience” set for Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m. CST.

April 28, 2020

Deadline for Course of Study School (COSS) Summer Session is May 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 summer session of Perkins School of Theology’s Course of Study School will be taught online. The first summer session runs July 6 – July 24; the second session is July 27 – August 14. Deadline for applications is May 15.

April 28, 2020

La fecha límite para la sesión de verano de la Escuela de Curso de Estudio (ECE) es el 15 de mayo de 2020

En respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19, la sesión de verano 2020 de la Escuela de Curso de Estudio de la Escuela de Teología de Perkins se impartirá en línea. La primera sesión de verano se realizará del 6 al 24 de julio; la segunda sesión será del 27 de julio al 14 de agosto. La fecha límite para las inscripciones es el 15 de mayo.

April 27, 2020

Perkins Offers New Course on Emerging Digital Ministries

Perkins School of Theology announces a new course designed to equip church leaders in emerging digital ministries for planning worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and other congregational leadership needs. The fully online course will launch in fall 2020.

March 12, 2020

Perkins to Host First "Theology and Craft" Evening

Perkins School of Theology, with the Master of Sacred Music faculty and Union Coffee, invites prospective students to join us on Thursday, April 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for an evening of theology and music—from familiar hymns to contemporary Christian—at the White Rock Ale House, 7331 Gaston Ave., Suite 100, Dallas 75214.

March 11, 2020

Spiritual Abuse Colloquium Slated for April 4

A sold-out colloquium on “Spiritual & Religious Abuse: Recognizing, Preventing, and Healing” will take place on Saturday, April 4 on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

February 27, 2020

Perkins, Cox Offer Sequenced Graduate Degree Programs

Perkins School of Theology and Cox School of Business announce the creation of cooperative, sequenced degree programs between the two Southern Methodist University graduate schools.

February 04, 2020

Shurden Lectures to feature Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel is the featured speaker for the 2020 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, which take place March 5 on the campus of SMU. The event is hosted by the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU and co-sponsored by BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty).

January 30, 2020

Perkins Names 2020 Seals Laity Award Recipient

Perkins School of Theology is honored to announce Mary White as the recipient of the 2020 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award. She will be recognized at an award ceremony on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:00 p.m., during the opening worship service in Perkins Chapel for the three-day Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning.

January 28, 2020

Prospective Students Invited to Explore Perkins, Attend Bonhoeffer Event Feb. 14 in Dallas

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 Friday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January 27, 2020

Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning Slated for March 26-28, 2020

Registration is now open for the Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning – formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 26-28 on the Perkins campus at SMU. With the theme “Boundless Learning, Bountiful Living,” the program offers multiple course options and is open to laity as well as clergy.

January 22, 2020

Bonhoeffer Conference Set For Feb. 13-14 at Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology will host a short conference, “In the Face of Barbarism: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Culture, Humanity and the Importance of Ordinary Life,” February 13-14, 2020, at the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas.