Africa

To the Unknown

Thirteen SMU students, faculty and staff are in Rwanda from August 4-13, 2016 with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. After the country’s 1994 genocide, in which as many as a million people were killed in 100 days, “history lives on,” says group leader and program director Rick Halperin. The group are visiting genocide sites and meeting with survivors, government representatives and representatives of NGOs, They are also carrying donated books, classroom supplies, toys and clothing to share with the schools and orphanages they are visiting. Continue reading

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In the Congo

Lindsay G. is a rising senior majoring in international studies and human rights. She travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this summer with Army ROTC for closer study of the country’s culture and language. Continue reading

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Workshop Report, part 1

Christopher Kiahtipes is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences working on reconstructing past environments in tropical Central Africa to better understanding the links between culture, ecology and climate. Continue reading

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Presenting Research in Italy

Christopher Kiahtipes is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences working on reconstructing past environments in tropical Central Africa to better understanding the links between culture, ecology and climate. Continue reading

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Robben Island

Today’s reflection is from Perkins student Kantrice Robinson, a Master of Divinity degree candidate (2016, Pastoral Care and Women’s Studies Certificate Programs): We entered Monday, May 25, in the afterglow of the worship experience and visit to the Table Mountain. … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Day of Worship and Wonder

Today’s reflection is from Perkins student Kantrice Robinson, a Master of Divinity degree candidate (2016, Pastoral Care and Women’s Studies Certificate Programs): When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven … Continue reading

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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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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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Water and life in Uganda

Spencer is a graduate student in religious studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working in the Busoga region of Uganda with a development organization, Kibo Group, International, to assess local perception of Kibo Group water projects. Continue reading

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