SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1

celebration-of-lights-01-135x100ratioWith Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.

  • Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.

Pray ball: Baseball service rallies faithful fans

2010 World Series logoThe Texas Rangers‘ dream season ended with a 4-1 loss in the 2010 World Series – yet even as championship fever is winding down, SMU’s Mark Stamm is still thankful for baseball.

Stamm, associate professor of Christian Worship in Perkins School of Theology, wrote a column for The Dallas Morning News explaining how the idea of a “baseball service” started as a joke and evolved into a litany of praise for the gift of play. The piece was based on his paper “Pray Ball? Reflections on the Serious Liturgical Challenge of Giving Thanks for Baseball,” presented during summer 2010 at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

> Read Stamm’s column at the SMU News site
> Get a copy of Stamm’s original paper as presented in Cooperstown
> Check out A Baseball Berakah (Prayer of Thanksgiving) with Intercessions by Mark W. Stamm