Houston Seminar at St. Paul's UMC

Share in honest reflection, deep exploration and lively discussion to be replenished and empowered in your journey of faith and service.

The Houston Lay School of Theology is sponsored by SMU's Perkins School of Theology.  The School meets each February and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology, religion and church leadership with faculty from Perkins and guest speakers.  The program is made possible in part by the Howard-Holbert Endowment at SMU.


Dr. Tamara Lewis

Praying with the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Featuring Dr. Tamara Lewis, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, Perkins School of Theology

February 16, 2019
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5501 Main St. Houston, TX 77004

Travel back in time with Dr. Tamara Lewis for this day-long course at St. Paul’s UMC. 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. Notwithstanding the harshness of the terrain, physical dangers from weather and predators, and an austere lifestyle, they risked all to achieve what they believed were the essential mental, spiritual, and physical purifications towards greater unity with God. Included in the course will be reflection on their writings and learning from their prayer practices. To request email updates for this program select “Houston Lay School of Theology” from the list of options on our communication portal.


Sponsored by the Office of External Programs, Perkins School of Theology


Please explore opportunities at the Perkins School of Theology location on the campus of SMU in Dallas and at the Perkins Houston-Galveston extension program. Sign up to receive more information on the Houston Lay School and other opportunities offered by Perkins Office of External Programs by following the link below.

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