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Steven James Wins GCAH Award Steven James June 18, 2016Izamal, Yucatan Steven James (M. Div. ’21) has been named the winner of this year’s John Harrison Ness Memorial Award from the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH). The Commission offers the annual award to M. Div. students in United Methodist seminaries who submit papers on aspects of Methodist history.  James’s paper, The Conferences of Missions and Missionary Boards Working in Mexico: The Road to Autonomy, was written [...]

2020-09-01T14:14:10+00:00 September 1, 2020|

Faculty Update

New Book by Recinos Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society, has just published a new book, No Room  (2020, Wipf and Stock), a collection of poetry that “makes a connection between the poetic imagination, social criticism, and the meaning of life together in a diverse society,” according to the book’s summary. This is Recinos’s 10th volume of poetry and 16th book published to date. (He has two more collections of poetry forthcoming: Cornered by the Dark (Paraclete [...]

2020-09-01T14:14:16+00:00 September 1, 2020|

Alumni/ae Update

History-Making Appointment The Rev. Sumesh Jacob (M. Th. ’20) recently became the first elder of Asian Indian descent or origin to serve in a full-time appointment in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Jacob is an ordained elder in the Church of South India, India’s second-largest denomination and the result of a union of many of the Protestant churches in South India, including the British Methodist Church. After graduating summa cum laude from Perkins in [...]

2020-09-01T14:14:22+00:00 September 1, 2020|

Office of Enrollment Management: Fall 2020 Update

Much continues to be uncertain these days. For the Office of Enrollment Management, adaptability and innovative thinking are key. We are pleased to report continued success from our new approach to recruitment events and virtual student engagement. This summer, we hosted eight virtual events.  Events were tailored to meet the needs of different student populations and focused on various topics. A favorite of our prospective students was the “Experience the SMU Perkins Culture” program, featuring Dean Craig Hill. Students [...]

2020-08-18T14:25:51+00:00 August 16, 2020|

Development Update: The New Normal?

I recently read an article which argued that “normal” has not worked for many people, so why should we now seek a “new normal”?  The article reminded me of a survey taken many years ago at a theological institution at which I served.  The survey was designed to find the pattern of student attitudes about the curriculum.  The results?  We found that only 17 percent of students were in what we called the “normal” program.  There had been a [...]

2020-08-18T14:27:28+00:00 August 16, 2020|

Fall Course Delivery

Many students and faculty will return to campus this fall, but life at Perkins will look quite different. Like most educational institutions, Perkins School of Theology has adjusted its schedule and programming this fall in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Perkins faculty and administration have worked tremendously hard over the summer to come up with a plan that we believe will be hospitable and attentive of the health concerns of students and faculty while allowing students to continue [...]

2020-08-18T14:43:10+00:00 August 16, 2020|

Breath of Life

Barbara Taylor didn’t know the woman, only that her name was Carolyn. But it was Carolyn, a passerby who spontaneously joined and then summed up the “Breath of Life” gathering, just as Taylor had envisioned. “This is what love is supposed to feel like,” Carolyn said. “Breath of Life” took place on June 28, a day of prayer for healing from social injustice, racism, racial profiling and stereotyping.  Taylor (M.Div. ’22) was one of about 50 members of the [...]

2020-08-17T20:47:13+00:00 August 16, 2020|

Student Spotlight: Victoria Ayala

A dwindling number of young people are connecting with church, and many are turning to other avenues for spiritual expression. To some, those trends may sound discouraging. For Victoria Ayala (M. Div. ’21), they pose fascinating questions. “The question is, what can we do to mend that gap?” she said. “What is the church going to look like 10 years from now? What can we do to make ministry more than a church or a building? What can we [...]

2020-08-18T14:44:08+00:00 August 16, 2020|

Faculty Profile: Marcell Silva Steuernagel

If there’s one Bible verse that summarizes how Marcell Steuernagel embraces his multi-faceted, multicultural life, it’s Isaiah 30:21:  “Whether you turn to the right or you turn to the left, your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” “That’s kind of been my motto for over 20 years now, because it emphasizes the unpredictability of life,” he said. “One of the temptations of the Christian journey is to posture as if [...]

2020-08-17T20:48:45+00:00 August 16, 2020|

Bishop D. Max Whitfield Retirement

Bishop D. Max Whitfield began his career at Perkins, and soon, he will wrap it up at Perkins. Bishop Whitfield (M. Div. ’69) officially retires on August 31 as Perkins’s Bishop in Residence and Director of the Center for Religious Leadership. He returned to Perkins in 2012 to serve as Bishop in Residence after 12 years as Bishop of the New Mexico and Northwest Texas Conferences of The United Methodist Church. Prior to his election to the episcopacy, Bishop [...]

2020-08-17T20:50:18+00:00 August 16, 2020|
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