Organized Interest Groups
Perkins is filled with students who are active in their church, community, and seminary. Students have the advantage of being a part of the Perkins Student Association (PSA), the governing student body at Perkins. PSA has elected student officers and appointed representatives who are interested in always making sure that Perkins is in touch with the needs of its student body.
The following interest groups are part of the Perkins Student Association:
ARC (Affirming Religious Community)
The mission of Affirming Religious Community is to provide social, educational, and theological opportunities with an affirming perspective on sexual orientation to Perkins students and their partners. Perkins students who express interest and comply with the ARC Safety Covenant may obtain membership.
BSA (Black Seminarians Association)
The Black Seminarians Association is an ecumenical, interdisciplinary organization that addresses issues, concerns, and goals of students of African descent within Perkins School of Theology and the SMU Community.
FACE (Feminists Advocating Change and Empowerment)
Feminists Advocating Change and Empowerment (FACE) is a collective of Perkins students and community advocating for equality and empowerment socially, culturally, theologically, and politically in our school and communities. We strive to nurture conversations and challenge previously held beliefs about female/male relationships. We don't discriminate among sexes, genders, races, or beliefs; everyone can and should be a feminist--when we work together and foster positive relationships with each other, our world becomes a better and healthier place.
L@s Seminaristas is an ecumenical student organization dedicated to serving Christ by strengthening and encouraging student leadership. The group has a focused interest in various aspects of Latino/a ministry including Christian worship, preaching, outreach, evangelism, and mission.
OSL (Order of Saint Luke)
The Order of Saint Luke is a historically Wesleyan religious community dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, education and practice. Members are dispersed throughout the country, yet form community chapters devoted to liturgical and sacramental study and practice. Confessing and exploring members seek to live a sacramental life, based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and our Rule of Life and Service.
Perkins Barnabus Association
The Perkins Barnabus Association (PBA) exists to gather students who wish to give and receive encouragement, verbal, material and spiritual, towards living a Biblically faithful, doctrinally robust, joyful Christian life in the midst of whatever challenges or difficulties they may face. This includes providing opportunities for mutual encouragement, fellowship, theological discussion, prayer, worship, service, and seeking opportunities to be a source of encouragement to the student body of Perkins School of Theology.
Perkins Intramural Sporting Society
The Perkins Intramural Sporting Society exists to provide member of the Perkins community the opportunity to compete in intramural sports on campus at SMU. There are teams of varying skill levels competing in numerous sports and leagues on campus. Come join us!Perkins Intramural Sporting Society
Information about these groups can be found on the bulletin boards, in the Perkins News, by contacting the Office of Community Life (214.768.3371, Kirby 216), or by contacting Matthew Burroughs, PSA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.