Perspective 2020-01-06T15:44:28+00:00

A Message from Dean Hill: How to Spot a Future Church Leader

Hundreds of students over the years have shared with me the story of their call to ministry. They have ranged in age from their twenties to their seventies, and varied in almost every other way imaginable. Still, there is a thread common to the overwhelming majority of the accounts: some person or persons spotted and then encouraged them. It is [...]

Office of Enrollment Management: You Can Invest in Perkins School of Theology

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued support of Perkins. These are exciting times in theological education, and we are doing our best to stay abreast of the changing tides. Creativity and innovation are what we hear are needed most. As enrollment management providers, our best work is realized in developing new pathways for students at a time when old pipelines no longer seem to [...]

January 6, 2020|

Office of Development

Did you know that Perkins’ Houston-Galveston program turns 25 in 2020? Here is the story of the program’s origins, from Professor Joseph Allen’s outstanding account, Perkins School of Theology: A Centennial History: To make seminary education more broadly available in the region, as well as to reverse declining enrollment at Perkins, Dean Robin Lovin began work in the fall of 1994 to establish an extension program in the Houston area. After an exploratory meeting with leaders of the Texas Annual [...]

January 6, 2020|

Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning

Registration is now open for the Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning – formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 26-28 on the Perkins campus at SMU. With the theme “Boundless Learning, Bountiful Living,” the program offers multiple course options and is open to laity as well as clergy. Headlining the event is a half-day course on Thursday, March 26, taught by Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, [...]

January 6, 2020|

Perkins Certification in Spiritual Direction

Some live nearby; others travel from afar. Some work in secular careers; others serve as pastors, chaplains or church leaders. All come with the desire to go deeper and ultimately to help others to do so as well. The students in Perkins’ Certification in Spiritual Direction program gathered in early December for a weekend class session on the campus of SMU, as part of a three-year, noncredit continuing education course that trains participants in the art of accompanying and guiding [...]

January 6, 2020|
  • Front Row (seated): Dean Craig C. Hill; Dr. Han, Song Ho, president of Bishop Han Theological School; Dr. Arnaldo Estrella, Dean of Bishop Han Theological School. Back Row: Dr. Robert Hunt, Dr. John Martin, Rev. Lee Chang-Sun, missionary and Jooan Church representative at Bishop Han Theological Seminary, Dr. Andy Keck, Mrs. Hwang, Young-Ok, Dr. Hugo Magallanes, Dr. David Upp, Perkins alumnus and professor at Bishop Han Theological School, Tracy Anne Allred and Henry Lee.

Perkins Signs MOU with Bishop Han Theological School

Southern Methodist University, on behalf of Perkins School of Theology, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bishop Han Theological School (BHTS) in Mindanao, Philippines, to promote collaboration and intercultural activities among theology faculty and students from the two institutions. Beginning in the spring 2020 semester, the two theology schools will allow master’s-level students from each school to enroll in courses in the other school for credit without registering for a degree program in the host school. “We’re excited [...]

January 6, 2020|
  • Susanne Johnson helping serve the Lord’s Supper during the service of worship at the El Faro Border Church in Tijuana, Mexico, where she conducts research. “I was honored to serve,” she said, “but I was flagged to come forward at the last minute and didn’t have time to remove my purse!” She emphasized, “Members of this community deeply comprehend how the liturgy and practice of gathering around the Lord’s Table redefines who our fellow citizens are, and envisions a different way of being human and living together.”

Faculty Profile: Susanne Johnson

In order to keep her academic work grounded in the real world, Susanne Johnson heads to the border. Johnson, a scholar of practical theology, makes regular trips to the Mexico-U.S. border at locations in Texas, Arizona and California, where she listens to the stories of the people as part of her research. “I believe immigration is one of the defining public issues of our era, and certainly one of the most important themes in Scripture,” she said. Susanne Johnson [...]

January 6, 2020|
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