Perkins School of Theology

Overview

Roy is a third-year graduate student working toward a Master of Divinity degree from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for his work with homeless children in Dallas.

2016-08-15T12:29:58+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Roy, Maguire Fellow in Dallas, 2016|

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!

Summer at Family Gateway

Roy is a second year graduate student working toward a Master of Divinity degree from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for his work with homeless children in Dallas.

2015-09-04T13:59:12+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Roy, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

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. We awoke early to make the ferry to visit Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27-year sentence. We were given a tour by former prisoner, Mr. Sparks, who spent seven years of a 15-year sentence at Robben Island as a political prisoner and for committing sabotage. His ability to move with fluidity and calm was surprising to many of us. He feels liberated by the ability to share about his imprisonment experiences, and [...]

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 [...]

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