December 2021

AAR-SBL Annual Meetings

When the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion gathered November 20-23 in San Antonio, members of the Perkins and SMU communities were well-represented.  The 2021 Annual Meetings, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, featured more than 1,000 academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, tours and other events.  Most events were held in person, along with a limited number of virtual sessions. Perkins and SMU faculty, staff and students spoke, [...]

2021-12-01T16:43:35+00:00 December 1, 2021|

Digital Ministries

Congregations are slowly returning to in-person worship, but digital ministry is here to stay. And Perkins is taking steps to ensure students are prepared. A new course in Digitally Mediated Ministry, launched during the pandemic, has become part of Perkins’ academic curriculum. And a new Digitally Mediated Ministries Lab will open in January. “Digitally mediated ministry is going to be a permanent feature of the Christian landscape,” said Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Global Theological Education Program at [...]

2021-12-01T16:43:51+00:00 December 1, 2021|

Student Spotlight: Bryce Blank

There was a time when Bryce Blank would’ve been a typical Perkins student – a young person who entered seminary immediately after college, with plans to become a United Methodist pastor. The student body has changed over the years, with more second career students, but Perkins still feels like a good fit for Blank. He’s a third year M.Div. student and candidate for ordination in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. “The student population is definitely a [...]

2021-12-01T16:44:09+00:00 December 1, 2021|

Faculty Profile: Bruce D. Marshall

Much of Bruce Marshall academic work centers on a thorny theological question that he doesn’t expect to be resolved soon. In fact, he imagines the answer will emerge in the long run – say, within a century or two. As a scholar who’s accustomed to working at a thoughtful and deliberate pace, Marshall is OK with that. The question: how to reconcile two seemingly contradictory views of Jewish-Catholic relations. “Since the Second Vatican Council, Catholic teaching has had a [...]

2021-12-01T16:44:25+00:00 December 1, 2021|

Faculty Updates

Strongman Competition  After months of training steadily, Hal Recinos, professor of Church and Society, entered the SMU Strongman Competition for the third time and placed second. He was one of 12 men and women, including faculty and students, who tested the limits of their physical strength while competing at the 11th annual SMU Strongman competition in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports on Nov. 16. Each competitor demonstrated their overall body strength through deadlifts, bench presses, and pull-ups. Judges evaluated participants based [...]

2021-12-01T16:44:39+00:00 December 1, 2021|

Alumni/ae Updates

Hurricane Ida Relief The Rev. JoAnne Pounds (M.Div. '14) was recently featured in a video produced by the Louisiana conference highlighting her work as she ministers to those in need in south Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. While the storm may no longer be in the headlines, humanitarian needs remain. Pounds serves as pastor at Algiers United Methodist Church and Belle Chasse United Methodist Church. Inaugural Innovator Jonathan Allen (M.Div. ’16) has been named Inaugural Innovator in Residence at Innovate@BU, [...]

2021-12-01T16:44:57+00:00 December 1, 2021|
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