Pilanesberg National Park Today’s reflection is from Perkins student Sadie Brink, Master of Divinity degree candidate (2017): After the emotionally and physically exhausting day yesterday, today was a respite. Today is safari day! We all had a relaxing morning that allowed for an extra hour of sleep (very much appreciated!). Over breakfast Glen, Charles, Kantrice, Matt, Dr. Parker, and I had a great discussion about children and their role in the church and communion, and finding ways to get them involved so that they want to be a part of worship in and outside of the church. I think one of my favorite things about the trip thus far has been the various discussions that we have had [...]
Perkins School of Theology students "embraced the world" at the Nelson Mandela Monument during their trip to South Africa. Read their blog.
Perkins students Matt Bell and Joyce Campbell. Photos by Glenn Luhrs. Today’s reflection is from Perkins student Matthew Bell, Master of Divinity degree candidate (2017): Today was non-stop. We skipped lunch in favor of getting to the Bridgman Development Centre! It’s a ministry of hope (“Timba” in Zulu) of the United Congregational Church of South Africa. The leaders there were gracious and welcoming. Every day around 2 p.m., children from the neighborhood come to Bridgman to study, worship, and fellowship before their parents pick them up.Today, we led them in worship. Somehow, we were not aware we were responsible for this task, so we designed a worship service for kids in under five minutes, music and all! Thanks [...]
Students served at a Taos school and at sites in nine other cities with SMU Alternative Breaks. Read their blog.
An update from a Civil Rights Pilgrim: Left and right What's wrong was might Keep marching on We're more than pawns Together by will Divided we spill The march goes on, At patient speed The march goes on, For the justice we seek United by the dignity, All deserve to preserve. United by experiences, We put a peaceful foot forward. Allied with friends, To freedom march toward. Left, right, we breathe a rhythm so true. Futures belong to those who do good. Any day we've waited was another day too long Never again can we settle, so we march with our songs. Keep marching on, Hymns singing our blues. Freedom's tapping life from under our shoes. We have drunk from [...]
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An update from Kayla, a sophomore political science and world languages major. She is studying to what extent Chief Justice Rehnquist succeeded or failed in aligning his court with his political ideology on three topics - abortion, states rights and Miranda rights: I'm sitting in my own bed once again, and I don't think I've ever been more excited about the prospect of sleep. We have come to the conclusion of our trip to DC, and my happily ever after includes a full night's sleep, something I have been deprived of all week. But despite my exhaustion, I come back from our class trip with a multitude of positive memories. The city itself is beautiful, with a deep sense of [...]
An update from Daniel, a first-year management science and economics major. He is conducting research on the expanding notion of the Equal Protection clause through the Reapportionment Cases: It’s hard to believe we’re back in Dallas already. It seemed improbable during our first eight-hour day in the Manuscript Room, but losing track of time in the Justices’ papers came more easily than I would have imagined. There’s something to be said about holding a piece of history in your hands. Glimpses of a Justice’s personality would come out after going through numerous folders of memos and letters. Harry Blackmun had an incessant need to correct the grammar and spelling of every document he came across. Hugo Black kept both fan and [...]
An update from Sydney, a sophomore majoring in political science and English, and minoring in Chinese. She is conducting research on Justice Blackmun's changing approach to capital punishment: On Thursday, the unthinkable happened: I got sick. While browsing the Blackmun papers, a killer cold hit me and could not be shaken. My spirits remained high, and being surrounded by concerned and always entertaining classmates and a caring professor helped to ease my pain. After an emergency trip to CVS, I found myself armed with all of the tools I would need to combat the rest of the week. The majestic Chief Justice John Marshall I finished up with all of my cases and enjoyed a final visit to [...]
An update from Christian, a Master of Liberal Studies graduate student with a concentration in human rights and social justice: In Phnom Penh, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which used to be a high school, recognizes the mass murders carried out at this torture and execution center. One of the most powerful moments of my life.