August 2022

Letter from the Dean

I will be stepping down as Dean of Perkins School of Theology on Dec. 31, 2022. The time is not yet for concluding reflections, nor final words of thanks and farewell. Those can wait. I would like to say just a few things now, however, as we begin this new academic year and my valedictory semester as Dean. I am delighted to affirm that Perkins is in a strong position to continue its forward momentum. We share a clear [...]

2022-10-05T14:57:25+00:00 August 24, 2022|

OEM Update: Back to School

Students are back in class, and the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is back in gear! We have a busy calendar this fall. We’ll be meeting prospective students, answering their questions and helping them discern their calls to ministry. Two items I’d like to share with you: We recently welcomed a new OEM staff person, Emilie Williams. Meet her here. With many recruiting events returning to “in person” mode, Emilie will hit the ground running this fall! The staff [...]

2022-08-24T15:11:41+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Development Update: Scholarships Matter

The beginning of this school year brings something different to Perkins. As we welcome new and returning students, we also begin the process of saying goodbye to our friend, Dean Craig Hill. Dean Hill announced he is retiring as of December 31 after six-and-a-half years of service to Perkins School of Theology. SMU President R. Gerald Turner said, “Dean Hill has led the Perkins School of Theology with a steady and compassionate hand during a time of great challenge [...]

2022-08-24T15:12:28+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Ministry Dallas

Before starting their fall semester classes, Perkins students had an opportunity to venture out into the Dallas community to serve others. Ministry Dallas, held Aug. 17-18, took participants to Genesis Women’s Shelter and to Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, both in Dallas, to volunteer and meet ministry leaders “This is a favorite annual event that gives students hands-on experience and a chance to meet face-to-face with people doing important and exciting ministry,” said Tracy Anne Allred, Assistant Dean of [...]

2022-08-24T15:12:34+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Interim Dean

Bishop Michael McKee will become dean of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology ad interim effective Jan. 1, 2023, following Dean Craig C. Hill’s planned retirement on Dec. 31, 2022. The announcement was made Aug. 10 by Elizabeth G. Loboa, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for Southern Methodist University. (Read the announcement here.) Bishop McKee (M.Th. ’78) will serve until a permanent dean has been named. His appointment was informed by meetings this summer with the Perkins Executive [...]

2022-08-24T15:12:38+00:00 August 24, 2022|
  • Dr. Fred Aquino (left) with Billy Abraham in 2018. Abraham and Aquino co-taught a seminar on the epistemology of theology at Abilene Christian University that year. Photo courtesy Fred Aquino.

Abraham Lecture

Dr. Fred Aquino The inaugural William J. Abraham Memorial Lecture will take place Monday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Perkins Chapel, with Dr. Fred Aquino delivering the lecture and a reception following in the Blue Room in Bridwell Library. The program will also be livestreamed on YouTube; a recording will also be available after the event. Bridwell Library (SMU Libraries) and Perkins School of Theology established the annual Memorial Lecture to bring a scholar to the [...]

2022-08-24T15:12:43+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Chair Installation

In May 2021, Perkins School of Theology announced the appointment of two new holders of two endowed chairs: Dr. Rebekah Miles as the Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Ethics and Dr. Ted Campbell as the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies.  Both appointments began on June 1, 2021, but the formal installation of the two chairs will take place at a special ceremony on Monday, September 26, at Perkins. Not only do the two chairs [...]

2022-08-24T15:12:47+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Wesley-UK Immersion

Fourteen members of the Perkins community enjoyed an extraordinary journey to the places in England where Methodism first began, as part of the Perkins UK-Wesley Immersion, July 20 – August 1. The group retraced the steps of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, visiting the places where he studied, preached and ministered.  Ten Perkins students from the Dallas and Houston-Galveston programs were in the group, as well as four faculty, staff and friends of Perkins. “Visiting Oxford, I got to sit [...]

2022-08-24T15:12:52+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Fall Convocation

Eating is more than a physical need. Food plays a central role in daily human existence as well as the life of faith communities. Communion, one of the most sacred rituals of the Christian faith, recalls the last meal that Jesus shared with His disciples. “Food and Faith” will be the focus of this year’s Fall Convocation, Nov. 14-15, at the Perkins Chapel and Hughes Trigg Ballroom at SMU. Registration is now open at https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/Perkins-Fall-Convocation-2022 Guest speakers will include [...]

2022-08-26T16:02:05+00:00 August 24, 2022|

Fall Recruiting

Perkins’ Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is gearing up for a busy fall, with two on-campus recruiting events, featuring faculty members Roy Heller and Ted Campbell, as well as travel to a variety of off-campus gatherings.  “The best news is that graduate fairs and colleges and universities are resuming their face-to-face recruitment opportunities,” said the Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management. “Our Ministry Discernment Associates, Caleb Palmer and Emilie Williams, are thrilled to be participating in [...]

2022-08-24T15:13:01+00:00 August 24, 2022|
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