Monthly Archives: June 2013

First week in India

Elizabeth is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. During summer 2013, Elizabeth is working in Bangalore, India, with the Leave UR Mark organization. Continue reading

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Learning about Hope: Imprisonment, Displacement and its Impact on South Africa

An update from Jessica, a Perkins School of Theology student studying in South Africa: The first couple days in Cape Town, we were mostly tourists. On Sunday we went to a Methodist service, and then immediately following, we joined church … Continue reading

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Post-Apartheid South Africa: Freedom or Free-doom?

An update from Michelle, a Perkins School of Theology student studying in South Africa: While in Mbadleni, near the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique, we met with Rev. Lucky, Rev. Emmanuel Gabriel, and the people of that area.  We met with … Continue reading

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Hope and Hopelessness – Who Defines It?

An update from Stephen, a Perkins School of Theology student studying in South Africa: As the days go by here in South Africa, I am wrestling with the idea of hope and “hopelessness.” I am having a tough time defining … Continue reading

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At the Colosseum

An update from program director Kathy Windrow:

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It is hard to believe that tomorrow marks the halfway point of my Costa Rican adventure! Heredia is just starting to feel like home as we get into the routine of class, our families and exploring Costa Rica. This weekend … Continue reading

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Phakamisa

An update from Jessica, a Perkins School of Theology student and assistant to Dr. Evelyn Parker, studying in South Africa: Today was the best day yet! Five of us went with different training teachers at Phakamisa (a Zulu word meaning … Continue reading

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The Squatters

An update from Jessica, a Perkins School of Theology student and assistant to Dr. Evelyn Parker, studying in South Africa: We had such an amazing time touring the Durban area and soaking in all the gorgeous plants and trees and … Continue reading

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Arrival in Johannesburg

The Perkins Global Theological Education Program prepares Christian leaders for complex cultural experiences through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures. Students learn to build intercultural relationships, resolve cultural conflicts and guide intercultural ventures. In South Africa, participants are gaining insights into Christian hope in the region by exploring the political, economic, sexual, racial, and gender-complex experiences of the people of South Africa, and by participating in varieties of church and community-based ministries in Cape Town and Durban. This course is led by Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Practical Theology.

Perkins students also are blogging this summer from France at blog.smu.edu/studentadventures/category/theology-in-france/ Continue reading

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