February 2022

Letter from the Dean

New Life in the New Year The adjective καινός, “new,” is, as you would expect, a New Testament theme-word: They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority!”  (Mark 1:27; cf.  Acts 17:19) New wine must be put into fresh wineskins. (Luke 5:38) A new covenant (Luke 22:20, 1 Cor. 11:25) “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that [...]

2022-02-01T16:45:05+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Video Message from the Dean

What should an excellent seminary teach? Ideally, a student does more than acquire knowledge, according to Craig Hill, Dean of Perkins School of Theology. To become effective in ministry, students must also work on and develop basic skills such as preaching, teaching, listening and being with people in difficult times. Hill talks about the importance of developing skills in this month’s video, the second in a series on the four elements of excellent theological education. https://youtu.be/ElwtHgoNHys

2022-02-01T16:46:08+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Office of Enrollment Management: February Update

Welcome New Students! We are pleased to welcome 20 new students to the Perkins Dallas and Houston-Galveston programs this spring. Students represent the following UMC conferences: Texas, Central Texas, Kansas, North Texas, Great Plains, Rio Texas, and Mississippi. Still others have connections to the Christian Methodist Episcopal, Evangelical, Baptist, and non-denomination religious communities. New Students at Houston-Galveston Spring Orientation For many, the Perkins culture attracted these students to Perkins. They tell us they were drawn by the [...]

2022-02-01T16:46:17+00:00 February 1, 2022|

11 Students Participate in January Immersion Trip with Mission Waco

Eleven Perkins students traveled to Waco earlier this month for a January Term immersion trip with Mission Waco, a ministry serving those in need. Students stayed in local hotels near Mission Waco and had a chance to hear from Mission Waco founder Dr. Jimmy Dorrell and to observe the ministry in action. “One of the goals of this class/trip is to prepare students to understand and engage in holistic urban ministry among the poor and marginalized,” said Dr. Hugo [...]

2022-02-01T16:46:42+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Key Fundraising Events

Development Office gears up for Bolin Family Perkins Scholarship Luncheon and SMU Day of Giving in March The month of March will be a busy one for Perkins’ Development Office, with two key fundraising events planned: the Bolin Family Perkins Scholarship Luncheon on March 17 and SMU Giving Day on March 22. Bolin Family Perkins Scholarship Luncheon: March 17 The luncheon, which takes place at noon in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom at SMU, will feature a keynote from [...]

2022-02-01T16:46:50+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Live from Perkins Chapel

Perkins School of Theology is livestreaming five midday chapel worship services during the Spring 2022 semester, allowing more members of the Perkins community to join remotely via the YouTube Channel. The next service in the livestream series takes place on Wednesday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m., marking the beginning of Black History Month. The service will be "A Service of Celebration for Black History Month", with Dr. Abraham Smith, Professor of New Testament, preaching. Click here for the February [...]

2022-02-01T16:47:41+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Center for World Methodism

After nearly four decades, Bridwell Library’s Center for Methodist Studies will be renamed the Center for World Methodism, in order to adapt to an ever-changing world and pay homage to the recent gifts of the World Methodist Museum by the World Methodist Council in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The Center for Methodist Studies at Bridwell Library was established in 1984 to encourage research, study, and reflection upon the Methodist movement, including the sources that influenced its origin, the forces [...]

2022-02-01T16:47:51+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Matt Jacob is New Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Associate Director

Matt Jacob has joined Perkins School of Theology as Associate Director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations effective January 3, 2022. Working with Connie Nelson, Director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations, Jacob will strategize on the planning and execution of the office’s programs and events, handle media relations and communications, write and manage digital and print publications and materials, including Perkins Perspective, and maintain Perkins’ social media outlets. In addition, his role will involve interacting with external and [...]

2022-02-01T16:47:59+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Student Spotlight: Marty Loman

As a child, Marty Loman often traveled along with his grandfather, a tent revivalist whose fiery sermons typically ran an hour or more. At Asbury College as an undergraduate, Loman expected he’d eventually become a minister. But then he began to question the evangelical faith he grew up in and its convictions of biblical inerrancy. For a time, he walked away from faith. Loman earned a master’s degree at Virginia Tech, joined the corporate world and started a family. [...]

2022-02-01T16:48:11+00:00 February 1, 2022|

Alumna Profile: Leslie Stewart

While a student at Perkins, church planting was the last thing that the Rev. Leslie Stewart (M.Div., 2014) thought she wanted to do. “I thought church planters were a little weird,” she said. “I mean, who would want to work that hard?” But, as fate would have it, Stewart has spent most of her ministerial career so far planting churches – and will continue to do so, as she starts a new position as missioner for congregational vitality-new communities [...]

2022-02-01T16:48:57+00:00 February 1, 2022|
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