Wendland gift endows new theology professorship

Theology quad at SMUSMU’s Perkins School of Theology has received a $1 million gift from Barbara Cook Wendland and Erroll Wendland to establish the Wendland-Cook Professorship in Constructive Theology. The professorship will contribute to the academic study of systematic and constructive theology to address current issues, inequality of power, a commitment to the liberation of all peoples, the promotion of justice and the encouragement of nonviolence.

“We are extremely grateful to Barbara and Erroll Wendland for their Christian generosity, but we are even more grateful for their dedication to the most serious and comprehensive levels of theological inquiry in preparing leaders for the Church,” says Perkins Dean William B. Lawrence. “Their commitment to endow a professorship at Perkins means that our school will be blessed with a renewed focus upon the principle embodied in Charles Wesley’s prayer that knowledge and vital piety will be reunited in the community of faith.”

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