February 2019

A Message from Dean Hill

I have been contemplating two contradictory aphorisms as we approach this month’s called United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, a meeting that will deal with the highly contentious issue of human sexuality: “Change is the only constant,” and “Some things never change.” Perkins has undergone considerable change in recent years, such as the revamping of the Houston-Galveston program and the creation of elective concentrations at other professional schools within SMU. In many essential respects, however, Perkins remains the [...]

2019-02-04T16:27:05+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Office of Enrollment: Recruitment Schedule

The new year is off to a productive start for the Office of Enrollment Management. Staff members have already traveled to half a dozen campuses and events in January, with many more visits planned for February and the remainder of the semester. Members of the Perkins community are invited to follow the schedule of upcoming visits and to alert the staff of potential connections. “If we’re visiting a place where you know someone we should talk to – a [...]

2019-02-04T16:31:16+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Office of Development: Perkins Facilities and Capital Projects

Noise fills the air around Perkins! Usually we desire peaceful, quiet surroundings so that reading, conversation and contemplation can take place. But sometimes noise is good, when it means that our facilities are becoming even more useful, accessible and productive. That is what is happening right now. Bridwell Library. Thanks to a substantial gift from the J.S. Bridwell Foundation of Wichita Falls, Texas, a long-planned renovation is taking place. Interior work has begun, and soon exterior construction will commence [...]

2019-03-05T17:00:13+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Baptist House of Studies

As a United Methodist affiliated institution committed to ecumenism, Perkins has always attracted a diverse body of students. Now there’s a place at Perkins for Baptist students to call home while connecting with the broader Baptist world. Initiated in 2018, the Baptist House of Studies is building a community for Baptist students to learn about their tradition and a network of resources to support them in their path toward ordination or other professional positions in Baptist churches. “The Baptist [...]

2019-02-04T16:32:06+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Global Theological Education Immersion Trips

Deborah Creagh recalled the feeling of “walking where Jesus walked” on stones where his feet might have trod. Zach Hughes will always remember the resiliency and strength of the people he met in El Salvador who are working for justice. Ashley Smith will never forget an unexpected encounter in a museum that confronted her with the reality of life in Palestine. Creagh, Hughes and Smith are among those in the Perkins community who returned to campus this semester with [...]

2019-02-20T15:46:38+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Perkins School of Youth Ministry

By the time the Perkins youth ministry conference concluded, Rev. Elizabeth Murray had a newly crafted sermon in hand and a strategy for helping a shy young person at her church feel more connected to the youth group. “I got much more than just theory,” said Murray, who is Youth Minister at Lexington United Methodist in Lexington, S.C. “I left the conference with a To Do list and some tangible ideas to use right away.” Perkins School of [...]

2019-02-04T17:04:23+00:00 February 4, 2019|

The Art of Servant Leadership

A newly installed art display in Prothro Hall offers visitors a chance to contemplate the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, inviting consideration of how the ancient biblical story speaks to the here and now. The display centers on a painting by Luke Allsbrook, the artist whose modern nativity scene has been on display in Prothro Hall for the past year and a half.  Titled “Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet,” the 2018 oil on canvas painting [...]

2019-02-04T17:16:39+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Student Profile: Victoria Sun Esparza

When Victoria Sun Esparza graduates in May, she’ll earn two seemingly disparate degrees: a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, and a Master of Arts in Design and Innovation from SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. The two fields may seem different, but Sun Esparza already sees how they’ll come together for a career that makes her passionate. “I’m fascinated by the intersection of design-thinking and solving problems that resist traditional solutions,” she said. Design-thinking, she says, is [...]

2019-02-04T16:50:36+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Faculty Profile: Harold J. Recinos

Given all that he has accomplished, you might assume that Harold J. “Hal” Recinos came from a privileged background. He is a professor, a poet, an ordained United Methodist minister, an author, a long-distance runner, a champion martial artist, an activist and a humanitarian. But most of all, he is a man with a heart for the poor – because he was once homeless himself. Recinos at a worship service in El Salvador with the Rev. Medardo Gomez, [...]

2019-02-04T16:36:40+00:00 February 4, 2019|

Faculty Updates

New Appointment: Hugo Magallanes Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University has announced the appointment of Hugo Magallanes as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective June 2019. Currently, Magallanes serves as director of Perkins’ Houston-Galveston Extension Program and is Associate Professor of Christianity and Cultures. In his new role, he will manage the curriculum of academic programs, support faculty development and provide for academic advising to students. In the first years of his term, this work will also [...]

2019-02-04T16:49:36+00:00 February 4, 2019|
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