Perkins Global Theological Education Program

El Salvador Day 1

Dr. Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society at Perkins School of Theology, is leading a group to El Salvador during spring break 2016. The group is examining Christian mission in cultural context as part of Perkins' Global Theological Education program. This immersion experience enables students to engage in a sustained theological and ethical reflection upon the meaning of mission and education in Salvadoran society. The course includes meetings in various locations with leaders of popular political organizations, schools, women's organizations, ecumenical associations, the base Christian communities, and political leaders.

Travel to Palestine

A group of students and alumni/ae from Perkins School of Theology-SMU is participating in a global immersion trip to Palestine and Israel from Jan. 3-16, 2016. Led by Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, associate professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, participants will experience Palestine and Israel through a different theme, including: • The World of Jesus • The Birth of Jesus • Orthodox Christmas • Jesus in Galilee, Jesus in Judea • Contemporary Palestine • Contemporary Israel Be sure to check back frequently for information about the group’s experiences!

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 there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:1-5.) On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the Christian church celebrated its birthday, a day on which we remember when the [...]

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 and breakfast, we were informed of today’s itinerary. Our driver, Oupa, arrived on time as usual; and after we all boarded the van, we were off to The Urban Studio (a center for contextual ministry) to meet with Dr. Stephan de Beer. In our discussions, we explored various post-apartheid issues present within the city of Pretoria. Dr. de Beer made striking comments regarding the work that is still left to do to move past the Apartheid era, and thus stated [...]

Touring Johannesburg and Pretoria

Members of the Perkins School of Theology South Africa course embrace the world with Nelson Mandela, the first president elected in a fully representative democratic election and who served from 1994-1999. 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 is from Perkins student Hannah Escalante, a Master of Arts in Ministry degree candidate (2016) with an emphasis in Urban Ministries: Our first day of our immersion trip has been filled with the history of South Africa. From the museum of President Paul Kruger's house to the [...]

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.

Our group in Bethlehem

The January 3-14, 2015, Palestine-Israel Immersion Trip for alumni/ae and students of Perkins School of Theology-SMU — sponsored by the school’s Global Theological Education Program — includes 17 participants. The first-ever Perkins immersion experience for alums will be led by Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, associate professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology. Each day, participants will experience Palestine and Israel through a different theme.

Pre-immersion reflections

24 February  With the conviction that “effective leadership in a culturally complex world requires a combination of cultural intelligence and cross-cultural experience,” Perkins School of Theology offers immersion courses and experiences for students, under the auspices of the Perkins Global Theological Education (GTE) Program. “Through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures, we prepare our students for lifelong growth in cultural intelligence and cross-cultural competence. Students gain firsthand experience in building intercultural relationships, resolving cultural conflicts, and guiding intercultural ventures.” These same principles make it expedient for Perkins faculty members to have immersion experiences as well. More than leading by example, participating in events like these is important – at least in my view – because the personal growth [...]

2014-03-14T12:19:35+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in Cuba|

Arrival in Jerusalem

From Dec. 29 through Jan. 13, 22 students from Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist University — led by Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program — are participating in the Palestine-Israel immersion course. Their itinerary includes lectures and interaction with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and scholars, and travel throughout the region, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, the Sea of Galilee and more.

2014-01-07T08:17:02+00:00 December 31st, 2013|Theology in Israel and Palestinian Territories|
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