Signature Programs

The Cooper McElvaney Peace and Justice Fellowship aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of social justice work either through a Faith based organization or by exploring the religious dimensions of social justice. Readings on social justice from the Christian faith traditions are part of the fellowship. Within the framework of this description, we encourage students of any faith or no particular faith to apply. The Fellow may choose either a service or a research-based project. The student will be responsible for project design under the guidance of the Chaplain’s office or a faculty mentor and will complete a total of 100 hours of research or service and will present his/her findings.

Stipend: $2000

To apply please click on the link to go to and search for the Cooper McElvaney Fellowship form.

Applications due April 16, 2021.

For inquiries contact Sungman (Tyler) Kim, Program Coordinator

In person:

Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life is located in Suite 208 in the 2nd floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center 

By email:

By phone:


A Journey Into History: The Dr. Dennis Simon Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Each spring, students, faculty, and staff from Southern Methodist University journey back in time to renew respect for those who struggled to secure civil rights often taken for granted today. We will travel from Dallas in pilgrimage to those memorials of freedom across The South, meet persons who participated in and witnessed the struggle for freedom, and walk where these recent ancestors suffered at great price.

The Dr. Dennis Simon Civil Rights Pilgrimage consists of students from HRTS 4392-702 Special Topics: "American Civil Rights Movement" and limited space is available for other students, staff and community members. Guided by Pilgrimage Leader Ray Jordan, and a student leader, participants will enter the pilgrimage and gain knowledge about a part of history which preceded them and has continued to shape their horizons and futures.

For information regarding the Dr. Dennis Simon Civil Rights Pilgrimage, please contact the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life


To Apply:

Follow the link below to be taken directly to the form,


The Peer Chaplaincy program is a joint-initiative between the Office of the Chaplain & Religious Life and Resident Life and Student Housing. We utilize undergraduate and Perkins seminary students to provide a listening presence in the Commons. Our pilot program will include 1 undergraduates and 1 graduate student. This program is aligned with the Student Affairs Learning Domain of Holistic Wellness as its goal is to integrate healthy practices within every aspect of student life in the Commons through the focus of spiritual life.

The main aims in working with our peers are to cultivate a mutual sense of well-being, to help reduce feelings of alienation, to offer empathy to anyone in need, and to explore issues of faith that may arise.

Open to students of all faith backgrounds who live in the Commons!

Our Undergraduate Peer Chaplains for the 2020-2021 academic year is Jillian Taylor!

The Perkins Graduate Peer Chaplain for this upcoming year is Allie Gaines.

The undergraduate students will receive programing, chaplaincy, and leadership experience;
the graduate student will receive a $2,500 mentorship stipend for 150 hours per semester of listening, mentoring, and caring of students within the Commons.

In the spring of 1990, Bruce and Dorothy Mooney of Irving, Texas established an endowment at Southern Methodist University as a living memorial to their daughter, Sheri Mooney, a student at Baylor University, who died in an automobile accident shortly after graduation. Sheri was on a mission trip to encourage Christian lifestyle evangelism when she died. Sheri’s family wished to honor Sheri and to recognize and honor students at SMU whose lives demonstrate a consistent Christian witness among their peers.

Each student, nominated by a member of the SMU community, who receives the award has shown that their lives are lived "to know Him and make Him known." They receive a monetary cash award of $750.

Our recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Ashley Gans
William Dalton Gibson
Madison Williamson
Tatiana Butkevits
Zack Fiedler

Tea Connections is a weekly meeting that aims to support the student body at SMU by providing a safe space for cultural discussions that promotes spiritual, moral and ethical development.  

2020 Fall Schedule and Program Outline


Links to Articles or Videos
 1 Your Covid-19 Story Article 
 2 Laughing Blog 
 3 What defines you? Video 
 4 Jobs Article 
 5 Dating Blog
 6 Sports Article
 7 Emoji Blog 
 8 Death Article 
 9 Influence Video 
 10 Different Video 
 11 Free Topic N/A


The meetings will be held virtually and starts at 4:00 PM on Thursdays. If you would like to join, please email Sungman (Tyler) Kim at to receive the event Zoom invite.

The readings/videos above are highly recommended to be read/watched prior to coming to the meeting.

Feel free to come with questions and discussions.

If you’re interested in being part of the leadership team for Tea Connections, please email me at

Looking for a place for reflection and a break from the busyness of campus?
Come to Wednesday Worship, a weekly interdenominational service during the noon hour.
Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

The Wilson Lecture Series hosts lectures for the SMU community about religious life. The fund brings scholars and religious leaders from across the globe to the SMU campus to share their various views about how religious life intersects with science, politics, vocation, economic systems, race and ethnic identities, and cultures.

Typically occurring in the early spring, this series aims is to expand discussion topics about religious life on campus.

The lecture series is jointly supported by the Center for Faith and Learning at SMU.