Perspective 2018-11-01T19:27:56+00:00

Letter from Dean Hill

“What is your vision for the school?” I was asked that question when interviewing for the deanship in early 2016. The answer I gave remains the same today: Perkins should be “an academy for the whole church in the whole world.” Both parts of that answer are equally important. By “whole church,” I mean that Perkins should strive to be [...]

International Students Enrich Perkins Experience

Just a few months ago, Ishmael K. Mathiu, a third generation Methodist and an ordained minister, was serving as mission coordinator for his church in Kenya. Now, he’s sharing his gifts with the community at Perkins School of Theology. Mathiu is one of six students in Perkins’ newest class of international students—a substantial increase from previous years, when only two international students were admitted per year. This increase is due to a change in the decision to admit qualified international [...]

November 1, 2018|

Development Update: The SMU Fund for Perkins

Most financial planners instruct us to build an emergency fund so that money will be available when an unexpected expense arises. We all understand that is a sensible plan which we should follow. The SMU Fund for Perkins acts as an emergency fund for the institution. Money donated to that “unrestricted” account can be used at the discretion of the Dean for various purposes that might arise. He can tap money from that account to underwrite unexpected costs, start new [...]

November 1, 2018|

Perkins Forges Agreements With Nine Partner Institutions

Perkins School of Theology has established partnerships with nine undergraduate institutions to provide a preferred pathway for undergraduates considering a graduate theological education. Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed between Perkins and nine United Methodist-related colleges and universities in the South Central Jurisdiction during the 2017-18 academic year, with a tenth underway. Agreements have been made with Austin College, Sherman, Texas; Centenary College, Shreveport, La.; Hendrix College, Conway, Ark.; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas; McMurry University, Abilene, Texas; Philander Smith College, [...]

November 1, 2018|

Latest News from Bridwell Library

Introducing Bridwell Quarterly, a new seasonal publication from Bridwell Library. "In these pages and those of future publications, we hope to speak as a fellowship of colleagues, who support our patrons, neighbors, and friends. We welcome you all to Bridwell Library and hope that you will enjoy reading about the many events, projects, and activities that are happening in our community." - Anthony Elia, Bridwell Library Director  Click to read the Fall 2018 Issue of the Bridwell Quarterly   Bridwell [...]

November 1, 2018|

Student Spotlight: Anna Bundy

Anna Bundy has three passions: Christian community, Southern hospitality, and equality for all people. At Perkins School of Theology, she found a place to pursue all three. “The moment I stepped on campus, I knew that there was a community of faithful leaders in ministry that were dedicated to growing closer to Christ and each other as well as leading people well in churches,” she said. Anna Bundy celebrating with friends following a FACE worship service. Anna Bundy [...]

November 1, 2018|

Faculty Profile: Evelyn L. Parker

To have the most impact in the world, Evelyn Parker believes, Christians must be a visible sign of love and justice. Since 1996, that conviction has spurred her involvement with the World Council of Churches (WCC). “Churches that identify as Christian need to be visible in the world, in going about the business of being Christ in a world that has hurts and failures and places of despair,” she said. “With the presence of Christ, we can change and transform [...]

November 1, 2018|
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