Events: Baptist House of Studies

Events Hosted by the BHS

The Baptist House of Studies at Perkins is excited to be hosting the following upcoming events.

2020 Shurden Lectures

March 5, 2020

The BHS will host the Baptist Joint Committee’s 15th Annual Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lecture on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church & State on March 5, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. on the SMU campus. The 2020 Shurden Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Eboo Patel.

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Lunch is $10, payable at the door,and a parking pass will be provided to those who RSVP. Read the full press release here.

Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization that is working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is the author of four books and dozens of articles, has spoken on more than 150 campuses, and served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council.

A key figure on issues of religious diversity and democracy, Eboo was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation; Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; Interfaith Leadership: A Primer; and Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise. He also publishes a regular blog for Inside Higher Ed, called ‘Conversations on Diversity’.

Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He has been awarded the Louisville Grawemeyer Prize in Religion, the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, the El Hibri Peace Education Prize, the Council of Independent Colleges Academic Leadership Award, along with honorary degrees from 15 colleges.

Eboo lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz, and two young sons. He is a die-hard fan of Notre Dame Football, Wilco, and really good coffee.

Please check back for more details about this event. For more information on the Shurden Lectures and their history, visit the BJC Website.

Texas Baptist Women in Ministry Conference

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Waco, Texas

The Baptist House is proud to sponsor the upcoming Texas Baptist Women in Ministry Conference

Alliance of Baptists Gathering

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26
Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas

We hope to see you at the Alliance of Baptists Gathering. Please stop by the Baptist House table in the Exhibit Hall. In addition to our Perkins students, Rev. Dr. Isabel Docampo and Dr. Angel Gallardo from the Perking Internship Department will be there, as will Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles. We look forward to connecting with you!

Past BHS-Sponsored or Endorsed Events

Baptist House Gathering at the Home of Dean Hill

September 17, 2019

On September 17, 2019, at 7:00PM the Baptist House of Studies will hold a dessert gathering at the home of Perkins Dean Craig Hill. If you are a Baptist, UCC, Disciples, or Nondenominational Perkins student, please join us to learn more about the new Baptist House of Studies at Perkins! Please feel free to bring a significant other.

This event is free. If possible, RSVP to Baptist House Assistant Lindsay Bruehl at Lindsay will provide the Dean's address and parking instructions.

Amanda Tyler at Perkins

October 3, 2019

On October 3, 2019, the BHS will host Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, for Perkins Chapel at 11:30AM. Amanda will preach "The Temptation of Christian Nationalism: Power Brokers over Prophets" using Luke 4:1–20 as her text. Chapel is to be followed by Lunch and Conversation with Amanda Tyler on the subject of Resisting Christian Nationalism from 12:00–1:15PM. All events will take place in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Chapel is open to the public. To attend Lunch and Conversation with Amanda Tyler, please register at this link or click the button below. Cost is $5 for students and $10 for non-students.

Amanda Tyler is the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. She leads BJC as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government.

Tyler often speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings, and she provides commentary on church-state issues to the media. Called a “powerful advocate” and “rising star in the sector” by The Nonprofit Times, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2018. A member of the Texas and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, she has experience working in Congress, in a private legal practice and serving as a law clerk for a federal judge. You can follow her on Twitter: @AmandaTylerBJC.

Nevertheless She Preached

September 22–24, 2019

The BHS is a sponsor of this year's Nevertheless She Preached event, which will be held September 22–24, 2019, in Austin, Texas. For more information about Nevertheless She Preached, visit their Facebook page.

 Speaking Truth to Power Conference 2019

October 10–11, 2019

On October 10–11, 2019, FDH Ministries will present the Speaking Truth to Power Conference at Friendship-West Church and Conference Center in Dallas, TX.

To learn more about FDH Ministries, visit To register for or volunteer at the Speaking Truth to Power Conference 2019, visit