Friday Afternoon Courses

The annual Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning offers a wide range of theological mini-courses for laypersons, community leaders and clergy. Somewhere between seminary and Sunday School, Summit leverages the rich learning community of Perkins School of Theology to provide a unique, self-paced experience in theological education—for the church and world. Come for a half-day or spend the whole two days with us. Participants are free to design a customized Summit plan!

Houston Summit August 23-24, 2024

Registration Opens May 31!

Alyce McKenzie

Holy Humor: Restoring Joy to the Life of Faith!

Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship


When negative events overwhelm us, when we take life and ourselves with deadly seriousness, it’s time to recover the humor and joy at the heart of God,  available in everyday life. This workshop, based on Dr. McKenzie’s recently co-authored book Humor Us! Preaching and the Power of the Comic Spiritwill unlock the power of humor to brighten difficult days, create community, refresh relationships, and strengthen our spiritual stamina. Join us for this humorous, hope-filled workshop on a much-needed topic!

Registration Opens May 31!

Please note that online registration will close August 9, 2024. Refunds (less $25 fee) will be available up to 7 days prior to the event.