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Faculty Profile: Charles Curran

Charles “Charlie” Curran jokes that there’s “much more past than there is future” in the story of his career. Now in 80s, he’s been at SMU for 30 years. But he continues to teach and to write, with one book just published and another forthcoming. Curran’s career began as a Catholic priest teaching theology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  His dissenting position on church teachings eventually led to his ousting. “In 1968, when Pope Paul VI reiterated the [...]

2020-12-01T15:51:10+00:00 December 1, 2020|

Fall Convocation

Some 250 attendees from around the U.S. gathered virtually November 15-16 for the annual Perkins Fall Convocation, “Leading Into Change,” with author Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Seminary and Grammy-award winning gospel music icon Kirk Franklin. Normally held on the campus of SMU in Dallas, this year’s event took place online, with attendees joining from 19 different states, including Alaska and Pennsylvania. Kirk Franklin kicked off the event on Sunday evening, November 15, with a presentation entitled “Kirk Franklin Speaks [...]

2020-12-01T16:10:53+00:00 December 1, 2020|

Faculty Updates: December 2020

Remember. Breathe. Dream. A guided meditation that Habito had recorded earlier for YouTube found a second life as part of multimedia exhibit called Remember. Breathe. Dream. now underway at Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas. The exhibit includes installations created by Cara Mía’s Playwright in Residence Virginia Grise, Dallas sculptor Andrew Scott in collaboration with Ruben Habito, and storyteller and healer Stefanie Tovar. “At this moment of national instability, ‘Remember. Breathe. Dream.’ invites us to ground in our shared humanity [...]

2020-12-01T15:52:39+00:00 December 1, 2020|

Staff News: December 2020

Deacons Recognized Two Perkins staff members were recently mentioned in an update on deacons in the North Texas Annual Conference. Deacon Heather Gottas Moore serves under appointment as Program Coordinator for Perkins's Office of External Programs. Deacon Andy Keck serves at Perkins as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Assistant to the Dean. In a recent meeting of North Texas deacons, Keck reported that overall enrollment is rising at Perkins, and that 42 current Perkins students are exploring [...]

2021-01-05T18:16:03+00:00 December 1, 2020|

Alumni/ae Update: December 2020

Robert Hasley’s New Book As a young man, the Rev. Robert Hasley (Master of Sacred Theology ’77, M.Div. ‘78) wondered how his grandmother could always say, “Everything is gonna be all right,” when pain, harm and suffering persist. Yet her faith sustained and comforted her in times full of fear, anxiety and stress. Hasley shares homespun stories and anecdotes of a life lived in faith through good times and bad in his new book, Everything Is Gonna Be All [...]

2020-12-03T17:25:55+00:00 December 1, 2020|

A Message from the Dean: Meditation on “The Life Everlasting”

“And they lived happily ever after.” That is the fairytale ending we read to our children before switching off the light at bedtime. We reassure them that dragons and witches and bullies do not finally triumph, that virtue is rewarded and that love endures. We reinforce their belief in a moral universe in which happiness is the offspring of goodness and not its chance acquaintance or certain competitor. But life soon confronts our children with other narratives, stories in [...]

2020-11-02T22:20:43+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Office of Enrollment Management: November Update

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management214-768-3332margot@smu.edu Greetings from the staff of the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM)! First, some good news. Perkins is experiencing the highest enrollment in the last 15 years! That’s despite the many challenges facing graduate theological education across the nation. All of our colleagues involved in recruitment and admission are feeling the strain, and only a few theological institutions saw an increase of new students this fall. Our [...]

2020-11-02T17:46:37+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Office of Development: Philanthropy as an Act of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, although I am not sure we should really call it one.  To be sure, it is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the past, but it also is an opportunity to look ahead as we guide ourselves and our loved ones. I recently came across an article by Betsy Brill, contributed a decade ago to Forbes.com, titled, “Five Ways to Improve your Family’s Philanthropy this Thanksgiving.”  Although the article was intended [...]

2020-11-02T17:46:45+00:00 November 2, 2020|

GTE and the Pandemic

Despite the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Perkins students are encouraged to think ahead and consider registering for Global Theological Education Immersion programs in the second half of 2021 and beyond. “At the moment, our risk assessment team at SMU is keeping in place restrictions on foreign travel until June 2021,” said Dr. Robert Hunt, director of Global Theological Education. “We’re taking a wait-and-see attitude as to what will happen, but we’re also encouraging students to register now, [...]

2020-11-03T03:13:26+00:00 November 2, 2020|
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