2020 News and Events

Registration is now open for the 2021 Perkins School of Youth Ministry (PSYM), January 11-14, 2021, a four-day educational gathering for youth ministers. In past years, the event is held on the campus of SMU and at Highland Park United Methodist Church, but this year’s event will take place virtually.

November 12, 2020

Replacing the traditional “Inside Perkins” events held on campus in past years, Perkins School of Theology’s Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is offering a series of virtual gatherings designed to allow you to safely Connect, Discern and Explore our community as you consider your theological educational future.

September 30, 2020

Author Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Theological Seminary and Grammy-award winning gospel music icon Kirk Franklin will headline the annual Perkins School of Theology Fall Convocation, “Leading into Change,” which will take place online Nov. 15-16, 2020.

September 08, 2020

Dr. Luis Pedraja, president of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in Worcester, Massachusetts, will deliver the 2020 Barton Lecture, “Living in the Margins: Theology and Education in the New Decade,” to be presented virtually on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

September 04, 2020

Four Perkins faculty members will take part in an online panel discussion, “Hope, Justice, and the Pandemic: A Theological Conversation,” on Wednesday, August 19 at 4 p.m. Central time.

August 17, 2020

Southern Methodist University will host an All-University Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. in the Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The two-hour ceremony, originally scheduled for May but postponed because of SMU's campus closure due to COVID-19, will honor 2020 graduates and candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs.

August 14, 2020

The Lilly Endowment-funded initiative at Perkins School of Theology, “Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker,” has selected 10 congregations for the program’s second phase of developing innovative congregational youth ministry.

August 12, 2020

Dr. Natalia Marandiuc, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology, has been selected to participate in the New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA) Templeton Grant as a recipient of a Fellowship in Science-Engaged Theology.

June 16, 2020

Perkins School of Theology announces a new course designed to equip church leaders in emerging digital ministries for planning worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and other congregational leadership needs. The fully online course will launch in fall 2020.

April 27, 2020

Perkins School of Theology, with the Master of Sacred Music faculty and Union Coffee, invites prospective students to join us on Thursday, April 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for an evening of theology and music—from familiar hymns to contemporary Christian—at the White Rock Ale House, 7331 Gaston Ave., Suite 100, Dallas 75214.

March 12, 2020

A sold-out colloquium on “Spiritual & Religious Abuse: Recognizing, Preventing, and Healing” will take place on Saturday, April 4 on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

March 11, 2020

Eboo Patel is the featured speaker for the 2020 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, which take place March 5 on the campus of SMU. The event is hosted by the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU and co-sponsored by BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty).

February 04, 2020

Perkins School of Theology is honored to announce Mary White as the recipient of the 2020 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award. She will be recognized at an award ceremony on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:00 p.m., during the opening worship service in Perkins Chapel for the three-day Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning.

January 30, 2020

Registration is now open for the Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning – formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 26-28 on the Perkins campus at SMU. With the theme “Boundless Learning, Bountiful Living,” the program offers multiple course options and is open to laity as well as clergy.

January 27, 2020