Perspective 2021-01-05T20:12:34+00:00

A Message from the Dean: Reflections on Humility

Perhaps because of the unusually bellicose and exceptionally polarized political and cultural environment of 2020, a particular word struck me with force this Christmas season: humility. Nearly every sermon I heard in recent weeks referred to the humble situation of Christ’s birth, as do some favorite Christmas carols, such as “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”: Down in a lowly [...]

Office of Enrollment Management: January Update

By the Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Dear Friends: We have made it through quite a journey these past 9 months in recruitment and will continue to shift our recruitment from travel to Zoom meeting opportunities to draw individuals called to ministry. We are counting on you to share this event calendar with those in your churches, community agencies, institutions of higher learning, or wherever God has placed you in your ministry. Thank you for all [...]

January 5, 2021|

Office of Development Update: A New Organ for Perkins Chapel

Gay and William (Bill) Solomon (SMU ’65) have blessed Perkins with a $1 million gift for the Caren and Vin Prothro Organ project.  That gift is a solid foundation that challenges us to raise the remaining $1 million to finish the restoration and installation of the organ. A January 2018 steam leak caused damage to Perkins Chapel, including the organ.  Through a marvelous bequest from the estate of Dr. Mark Lemmon, the Chapel was restored to its pristine beauty in [...]

January 5, 2021|

Zooming Out

The pandemic has “grounded” faculty at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. Many normally travel regularly for lectures, conferences and other speaking opportunities -- most of which were cancelled in 2020. But, if there’s a silver lining, the pandemic sparked a move toward virtual programming, dissolving constraints of geography, eliminating the cost of travel, and sparking innovative projects and collaborations. In many ways, Perkins faculty members have expanded their reach and connected with new audiences. Since the pandemic closed down [...]

January 5, 2021|

Inspiring Faith

SMU has received a grant of nearly $1 million from the Lilly Endowment’s nationwide Thriving Congregations Initiative to support Perkins’ Testimony as Community Engagement program The program will work to increase the practice of testimony as community engagement both inside and outside the church. The Rev. Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison and Bart Patton of Perkins will serve as co-principal investigators on the project. Read more here:

January 5, 2021|

Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning

Registration opens mid-January for the Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning -- formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 19-20, 2021. With the theme “Looking Forward, Learning Together,” the program offers courses taught by five members of the Perkins faculty and an alumnus. The Summit is open to everyone, laypeople as well as clergy, and will be held virtually this year. “This annual event, which has run for several decades, allows people to experience [...]

January 5, 2021|

Diversity Officer

Herbert Coleman has been named the Diversity Officer for Perkins School of Theology, as part of the inaugural class of 15 Diversity Officers for SMU. Maria Dixon Hall, SMU’s Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Cultural Intelligence, recently announced the names of the officers. Together, they will form the University Diversity Council that will work to ensure that the university’s efforts are coordinated across campus. “Each officer will serve as counsel to the deans and administrators [...]

January 5, 2021|
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