Perspective 2022-05-03T14:10:40+00:00
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Letter from the Dean: (Don’t) Mind the Gaps

I spoke recently with a relative who is a longstanding member of a Bible study group at his church. He expressed frustration with another member who for weeks had insisted—with increasing bellicosity—that his reading of a particular biblical book was unquestionably right and the views of the rest of the group uncontestably wrong. “In this instance,” I responded, “there is [...]

Letter from the Dean: Partnering with God

Commencement season is upon us. Here at SMU, and across the country, family and friends will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates, while graduates anticipate opportunities for future achievement. However, the Perkins ceremony is different in one essential respect: it is a worship service. In it, we also celebrate God’s calling and pray for God’s continuing work in the life of each graduate. Their future ministry is their life’s work, to be sure, but work prompted, encouraged, and enabled by God. [...]

May 3, 2022|

Upcoming Virtual Recruitment Opportunities

By Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. We continue to review applications for both the Dallas and Houston-Galveston Hybrid degree programs.  Scholarship dollars are still available! We also offer flexibility. For those students who are not yet ready to apply to a degree program, there are options to choose a non-degree or an exploratory option. Please share this information with prospective students in your churches and places of work.  Provide them with a copy of the virtual events planned for this summer, [...]

May 3, 2022|

Development Update: End of Year Report

Dear Perkins Friends, We are coming to the end of the first full year of the public phase of SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow, SMU’s $1.5 billion capital campaign.  As the Development Director for Perkins, I am pleased with our progress in this effort. I am especially gratified that the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has graced us with a three-year $2.7 million grant, funding Perkins’ Baptist House of Studies.  This is the third grant which Perkins has received [...]

May 3, 2022|

Graduation Preview 2022

Perkins’ May 14 Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. CST via webcast at May is a bittersweet month – when the Perkins community says farewell to graduates as they embark on new beginnings.  Perkins School of Theology will honor graduating seniors with a variety of events this year, culminating on Saturday, May 14 with the university-wide Commencement Convocation and Perkins’ Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements. Ninety-five students are scheduled to receive their [...]

May 3, 2022|

Annual Conference Roundup

This year’s United Methodist Annual Conferences in Texas and beyond will be in-person reunions. Nearly all such sessions met online the past two years because of pandemic concerns. Perkins faculty, staff and alumni will be present as in-person sessions get underway, re-connecting with alumni and friends, reaching out to prospective students and doing some of the preaching at services. Sending Perkins faculty and staff to the gatherings helps nurture Perkins’ ongoing partnership with the Annual Conferences in theological education. In addition, [...]

May 3, 2022|

Testimony HQ Second Cohort Applications Opened

Applications opened May 1 for congregations interested in joining the second cohort of Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony HQ grant-funded initiative. Ten churches will be selected for the second cohort, which launches January 1, 2023.  Churches of any denomination within a 350-mile radius of Dallas are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through June 20, 2022. Two Zoom informational sessions are scheduled for May 20 and June 9 for those interested in learning more. The program, supported by a [...]

May 3, 2022|
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