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Finding hope in the next generation

Today’s reflection is from Perkins student Jonathan Allen, Master of Theological Studies degree candidate (2016). The day began with a zero six-thirty alarm urging me to embrace the morning breeze and awakening sun. As we all gathered for our devotional … Continue reading

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Touring Johannesburg and Pretoria

Today the group toured Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, including the Apartheid Museum and the Nelson Mandela monument. The guest dinner lecturer was the Rev. Dalene Flynn, who spoke on “Sport, Ritual, and Social Cohesion in South Africa.” Today’s reflection … Continue reading

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Visiting Kammar Gaun

Namita is a senior majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business. During summer 2015 she is volunteering with the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation in Nepal to provide emergency assistance after the devastating earthquake there in April. For her work, she was awarded a Public Service Fellowship from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, with financial assistance from the Irby Family Foundation. Continue reading

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Welcome to South Africa

Eleven students from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology with faculty leader Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Practical Theology, are participating in a May 17-31 South Africa immersion course through the Perkins Global Theological Education Program (GTE). During their time in South Africa, they will explore ministries of Christian hope “in practice” via engagement with the people of South Africa in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. Continue reading

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AB in New Orleans

An update from Olivia, a sophomore biology major: I woke up earlier than usual the morning we were about to set off for New Orleans. I just couldn’t sleep—it was my first time leading an Alternative Breaks trip, and I … Continue reading

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Alternative Break in Costa Rica

An update from Danielle, a senior: I spent this past Spring Break in the Orosí Valley of Costa Rica, with a group of nine SMU students and two staff members, volunteering at the El Pueblito shelter for abused and neglected … Continue reading

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AB in Kimberton Hills

An update from Mimi, a senior double majoring in advertising and psychology:   Spring break – the two best words in the spring semester, am I right? For me this year was a very special spring break because it was … Continue reading

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Human trafficking: ‘An everybody issue’

An update from Aveline, a sophomore majoring in piano performance and accounting. She traveled to Atlanta for Alternative Spring Break to focus on human trafficking: My trip to Atlanta a few weeks ago may have easily been one of the best … Continue reading

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Rediscovery in Taos

An update from Kendell, a first-year majoring in dance and minoring in human rights, who traveled to Taos, New Mexico for Alternative Spring Break: I was not sure what to expect when I arrived in Taos, New Mexico at the … Continue reading

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Food insecurity made real

An update from Annika, a sophomore majoring in sociology: Spring Break: plenty of students flock to the beach or mountains, to music festivals, or home to see their family. But some choose to spend their week of freedom giving back … Continue reading

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