Ministers Week set for Feb. 7-9 at Perkins School of Theology

'What’s a Christian to Do? – Thinking Faithfully about War and Peace in Troubled Times, is the theme for this year’s annual event.

Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist UniversityDallas (SMU) – Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University will host Ministers Week February 7-9 at SMU's Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

“What’s a Christian to Do? – Thinking Faithfully about War and Peace in Troubled Times” is the theme for this year’s gathering.

  • Joseph L. Allen, Professor Emeritus of Ethics at Perkins, will present the opening lecture, “Onward, Christian Soldiers? Christian Thinking on War and Peace.”
  • Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver will present the Barton Lecture, “The Consequences of U.S. Wars in Latin America for Hispanics.”
  • Nicole L. Johnson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Mount Union in Ohio will present the Women’s Lecture, “War, Nonviolence and Methodist Doctrine.”
  • Laura J. Bender, Command Chaplain, USS New York will present the Martin Lecture, “Military Ministry: Religion, Conflict, and the Realities of War.”
  • Robin W. Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics at SMU will present the Faculty Lecture, “Shaping the Emerging Global Order: Christianity, War, and the Nation-State.”
  • The Fondren Lectures, “Dialogues on War and Peace,” feature four eminent theologians, including: J. Philip Wogaman, Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.; Glen Harold Strassen, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in California; D. Stephen Long, Professor of Systematic Theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Kevin M. Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Central Methodist University in Missouri.

Perkins Ministers Week is held annually, generally on the first Monday through Wednesday in February. This continuing education program includes endowed lectureships, a variety of worship services, workshops, and symposia, drawing participants from throughout the United States.

Registration, pricing, event details, and lodging information are available at For additional information, call 214.768.2251 or email For a map of the SMU campus, visit

Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911 at Southern Methodist University, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Church Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.