2021 News and Events

November 17, 2021

Nominations Open Through Dec. 17 for 2022 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Perkins School of Theology Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award and will be accepted through December 17, 2021. The annual award is presented to a layperson in the United States who exemplifies an exceptional commitment of service to Christ through faith and action in the church, community and world.

November 16, 2021

Perkins to Offer Course on the Work of William J. "Billy" Abraham

Perkins School of Theology will offer a new course, Contemporary Issues in the Philosophy of Religion: The Work of William J. Abraham (TC 8308) during the Spring 2022 semester. The course will be open to Perkins students as well as to anyone with an interest in Abraham’s life and writings.

October 22, 2021

Prospective Students: Engage with Inside Perkins and Fall Convocation Nov. 15!

The Nov. 15 Inside Perkins event, an on-campus experience for prospective students, will include a unique ‘extra’: participants will not only have an opportunity to visit the Perkins School of Theology campus, meet students and faculty and experience community worship, but also will attend a lecture by internationally renowned scholar and teacher Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and will have the option of attending the 2021 Fall Convocation at a significant discount.

October 21, 2021

Perkins Names Dr. Evelyn Parker as 2021 Distinguished Alumna

The Perkins School of Theology Alumni/ae Council has selected Evelyn L. Parker as the 2021 recipient of the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.

October 13, 2021

Perkins Mourns the Death of Dr. William J. “Billy” Abraham

It is with profound sadness that Perkins School of Theology announces the sudden death of Dr. William J. “Billy” Abraham on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.

September 29, 2021

Perkins 'Testimony HQ' Initiative Announces First Cohort

The Lilly Endowment-funded initiative at Perkins School of Theology, “Testimony HQ,” has selected 10 congregations for the first cohort of developing thriving congregations through the practice of testimony as community engagement.

September 29, 2021

Perkins to Host Women in Ministry Day

Perkins School of Theology’s Baptist House of Studies will co-host a Women in Ministry Day with Texas Baptist Women in Ministry (TXBWIM) on Wednesday, October 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at the Perkins campus at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

September 09, 2021

Perkins School of Theology Announces Fall Schedule of In-Person, Virtual Recruiting Events

Prospective students are invited to explore the possibilities of a life-changing graduate theological education at Perkins School of Theology this fall through a series of in-person and virtual programs hosted by the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM).

August 26, 2021

Feast of Beginnings Sermon

Read Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill's sermon, “A Modest Proposal: Let’s Tell the Truth About Each Other,” preached Aug. 25 at the annual Feast of Beginnings – the first worship service of the 2021-22 academic year, which welcomed new and returning students and recognized new faculty, staff and student leaders.

August 20, 2021

Bishop Harvey is Featured Speaker at Barton Lecture at Perkins School of Theology

Registration is now open for the 2021 Roy D. Barton Lecture, which takes place Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. The featured speaker, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, will share “Tales from the Edge of the Inside.”

August 17, 2021

Perkins Announces 2021 Fall Convocation Lineup

With the theme, “Speak Up! Stories for a New Day,” the annual Fall Convocation at Perkins School of Theology will take place Monday and Tuesday, November 15-16, 2021. Attendees may attend the hybrid event virtually or in person at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

July 13, 2021

Perkins Launches ‘Community Conversations’ Virtual Event Series

A new virtual event series sponsored by the Perkins School of Theology Office of Development will offer opportunities for engagement and learning with Perkins faculty and staff.

July 06, 2021

Perkins Invites Nominations for 2021 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for its 2021 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.

July 02, 2021

Ruby Bridges Speaks at Moody Methodist Juneteenth Event

As Americans celebrated Juneteenth last weekend – the first time ever as a federal holiday – members of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston had a special opportunity to hear from a key leader in the battle for civil rights and equality.

May 05, 2021

Two New Chairs Highlight Perkins’ Wesleyan Connections

Perkins School of Theology announces the appointment of two new holders of two endowed chairs: Dr. Rebekah Miles as the Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Dr. Ted Campbell as the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies.

April 22, 2021

Do No Harm: Black Bodies and Bioethics Online Presentation Takes Place April 26

The public is invited to an online program, “Do No Harm: Black Bodies and Bioethics,” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 26. The event is sponsored by Perkins School of Theology, the Robinson Arts Fund at the Perkins School of Theology, and the Perkins African American Fine Arts and Bioethics Project.

April 21, 2021

Perkins Student Association Presents a Multicultural Breath of Life Social Justice Initiative

This Zoom event is designed to be a space where we come together to learn and to speak out about racism. Please join this multicultural group of speakers from Perkins School of Theology as we strive to increase awareness of social injustices and racism against marginalized communities in the United States.

April 01, 2021

Council Awards SMU’s Bridwell Library World Methodist Museum Collections

Bridwell Library (Perkins School of Theology and SMU Libraries) at Southern Methodist University has been named the recipient of the collections of the recently closed World Methodist Council Museum in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

March 23, 2021

April 19 Webinar Will Explore Language's Role in Race, Religion and Public Policy

“Words Matter: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion and Public Policy”, a Zoom webinar, will be held at 7 p.m. on April 19, 2021. The event is sponsored by Perkins School of Theology’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions and the Department of World Languages and Literature at Dedman School of the Humanities and Sciences.

March 19, 2021

Violence in Atlanta - A Statement from Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill

The violence that unfolded in Atlanta March 17 against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is a tragic reminder of the continued increase in racist acts targeting these and other innocent persons across the United States.

February 26, 2021

Now Available: The New Model for Youth Ministry Guide

The Lilly Endowment funded initiative at the Perkins School of Theology, “Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker,” released the first guide for churches interested in discerning and eventually implementing an innovative and sustainable model for a congregational ministry with youth.

February 09, 2021

Perkins Distributes Emergency Grant Funding to Regional Churches, Nonprofits

Many urgent needs of area churches, clinics and nonprofits were met thanks to an emergency grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, in partnership with Perkins School of Theology.

February 09, 2021

Prospective Students: Join A Virtual Discernment Gathering with Dr. Alyce McKenzie

A virtual gathering for those considering a vocation of ministry or service is set for Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m. (Central) with noted preacher and Perkin professor Dr. Alyce McKenzie.

January 25, 2021

Perkins Names 2021 Seals Laity Award Recipients

Perkins School of Theology is honored to announce the 2021 recipients of the Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award: Nancy Seay, a philanthropist and elder of Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) and Lisa Tichenor, an active community leader and lay member of Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC).