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 24, 2015: "From the Gallery to the Concert Hall and Cinema" 
Old Testament Scholar Professor Cheryl Exum of the University of Sheffield will be speaking on and showing film clips related to the theme: “The Bible and the Arts: From the Gallery to the Concert Hall and Cinema.”  

The Graduate Program in Religious Studies invites community members to pick up your lunch in the Refectory immediately following the CHAP and return for a conversation with Dr. Exum. 

Community lunch is complimentary for those who attend who CHAP but only if you reserve your lunch by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20.  Please rsvp to Ms. Vanessa Duran at vduran@smu.edu. (No reservation is required if you do not require lunch.) 


April 7, 2015: Preparation for DCOM Interviews; Dean Lawrence

Are you on a journey toward ordained ministry? Does your journey include questions about the ordination processes in The United Methodist Church? Have you met with a District Committee on Ordained Ministry or with a Board of Ordained Ministry in an annual conference? Are such meetings on the horizon, perhaps in your near future? Are denominational ordination procedures an intimidating mystery?

During a CHAP session on Tuesday, April 7, Dean William B. Lawrence with meet with interested students to discuss these—and related—questions. We will explore differences among annual conferences and possibly identify differences within the same conference that distinguish one district from another. We will talk about the ways that various degree programs equip persons for different forms of ministry. We will compare some ways that we can become confused about preparation for ministry (which happens in theological education) and authorization to conduct ministry (which happens in ecclesiastical systems where people are ordained or licensed to engage in ministry).

Dr. Lawrence is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and a clergy member of the North Texas Annual Conference. He has been a member of Boards of Ordained Ministry in three annual conferences and has chaired one of them. He has been a district superintendent. He is currently a member—now the President—of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church. He also has taught polity here at Perkins and elsewhere.


For more information regarding C.H.A.P., contact Tracy Anne Allred at tallred@smu.edu.

Future dates:

  • March 31, 2015: TBD
  • April 14, 2015: ARC; Clint Bordelon
  • April 21, 2015: CHAP on Chapel; Mark Stamm
  • April 28, 2015: Interfaith Dialogue at Perkins; Stefanie Hayes