Student Engagement

Community Hour at Perkins (CHAP)

Perkins School of Theology

On Tuesdays at 11:30 am, the Perkins community gathers in Room 100 of Prothro Hall to discuss interesting and relevant topics led by faculty members, guest speakers, and student organizations.  If interested in sponsoring a CHAP, please contact our Community Life Graduate Assistant, theology@smu.edu.

Upcoming CHAP: 

March 3, 2015 
Justice for our Neighbors; 
Shelly Gonzales and L@s Seminaristas

Join us for CHAP this week, as the Rev. Dean Reed shares about the efforts of Justice for Our Neighbors. At 12:15, we'll get our free community lunch, provided by L@s Sems, and return for a Q&A session.

Justice for our Neighbors Dallas-Fort Worth is a United Methodist ministry of hospitality that offers affordable immigration legal services, shares information with the public, and engages in advocacy with immigrants. It also helps churches start ESL (English as a Second Language), citizenship classes, and life skills programs. JFON was initiated by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in 1999.

Volunteers are welcome. DFW sites are at Grapevine First UMC and Arapaho UMC.

RSVP for your free lunch to Robin Murray, robinmurray@smu.edu. For more information, contact Shelly Gonzales at sgonzales@smu.edu or visit the Los/Las Seminiaristas Facebook page.

March 17, 2015 
Discovering the Mission and Opportunities of Pastoral Counseling

Over the years, you (Perkins' students) have expressed interest in the ways to become a professional counselor and how that might be integrated with theology and faith. On March 17, Dr. Brad Schwall, the new Executive Director at the Pastoral Counseling Center on Lemmon Avenue, will be with us. He will share the various paths to becoming a licensed counselor, discuss how counseling can be an avenue for ministry in a variety of settings, and outline opportunities for participating in internships at the Pastoral Counseling Center. 

Dr. Brad Schwall’s education, training, and professional experience have spanned psychology, theology, and education.  Having received undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and theology and a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy from Garret Theological Seminary, a Methodist Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Dr. Schwall has provided counseling, led trainings at churches, schools, and social service agencies, and developed curricula for children for over 21 years.  As the Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center, he oversees the work of the counselors at the main office on Lemmon and in churches and at agencies, assists in recruiting residents for PCC’s practicum and internship program, and develops collaborations with other organizations to make mental healthcare accessible.  The Pastoral Counseling Center has been providing counseling, assessments, and training counselors for 46 years focusing on providing faith-integrated mental health services accessible to all.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner at jmoessne@mail.smu.edu.

Future dates:

March 24, 2015
From the Gallery to the Concert Hall and Cinema:  Is Seeing the Bible Believing?; Rebekah Miles

March 31, 2015
TBD

April 7, 2015
Preparation for DCOM Interviews; Dean Lawrence

April 14, 2015
ARC; Clint Bordelon

April 21, 2015
CHAP on Chapel; Mark Stamm

April 28, 2015
Interfaith Dialogue at Perkins; Stefanie Hayes