January 2021

Office of Enrollment Management: January Update

By the Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Dear Friends: We have made it through quite a journey these past 9 months in recruitment and will continue to shift our recruitment from travel to Zoom meeting opportunities to draw individuals called to ministry. We are counting on you to share this event calendar with those in your churches, community agencies, institutions of higher learning, or wherever God has placed you in your ministry. Thank you for [...]

2021-01-05T19:44:45+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Office of Development Update: A New Organ for Perkins Chapel

Gay and William (Bill) Solomon (SMU ’65) have blessed Perkins with a $1 million gift for the Caren and Vin Prothro Organ project.  That gift is a solid foundation that challenges us to raise the remaining $1 million to finish the restoration and installation of the organ. A January 2018 steam leak caused damage to Perkins Chapel, including the organ.  Through a marvelous bequest from the estate of Dr. Mark Lemmon, the Chapel was restored to its pristine beauty [...]

2021-01-05T19:44:31+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Zooming Out

The pandemic has “grounded” faculty at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. Many normally travel regularly for lectures, conferences and other speaking opportunities -- most of which were cancelled in 2020. But, if there’s a silver lining, the pandemic sparked a move toward virtual programming, dissolving constraints of geography, eliminating the cost of travel, and sparking innovative projects and collaborations. In many ways, Perkins faculty members have expanded their reach and connected with new audiences. Since the pandemic closed [...]

2021-01-05T15:37:43+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Inspiring Faith

SMU has received a grant of nearly $1 million from the Lilly Endowment’s nationwide Thriving Congregations Initiative to support Perkins’ Testimony as Community Engagement program The program will work to increase the practice of testimony as community engagement both inside and outside the church. The Rev. Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison and Bart Patton of Perkins will serve as co-principal investigators on the project. Read more here: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/News/News_Archives/Archives_2020/2020-Lilly-Grant-Announcement

2021-01-05T17:35:36+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning

Registration opens mid-January for the Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning -- formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 19-20, 2021. With the theme “Looking Forward, Learning Together,” the program offers courses taught by five members of the Perkins faculty and an alumnus. The Summit is open to everyone, laypeople as well as clergy, and will be held virtually this year. “This annual event, which has run for several decades, allows people to [...]

2021-01-05T15:37:58+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Diversity Officer

Herbert Coleman has been named the Diversity Officer for Perkins School of Theology, as part of the inaugural class of 15 Diversity Officers for SMU. Maria Dixon Hall, SMU’s Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Cultural Intelligence, recently announced the names of the officers. Together, they will form the University Diversity Council that will work to ensure that the university’s efforts are coordinated across campus. “Each officer will serve as counsel to the deans and [...]

2021-01-05T19:45:19+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Do No Harm

Soul Rep Theatre Company, in partnership with SMU's Perkins School of Theology, will present the world premiere of DO NO HARM, a play by Soul Rep’s co-founder Anyika McMillan-Herod and commissioned by Perkins’s Evelyn L. Parker and the Association of Practical Theology (APT). The play runs January 11 – 31 via video on demand. The play was to be performed in April 2020 at the APT's international conference in Houston but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. DO [...]

2021-01-05T15:38:12+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Student Spotlight: Amy Cannon

Amy Cannon isn’t sure what’s next after she graduates from Perkins in May. “I’ll do whatever the Lord leads me to do,” she said. “I have learned not to try and plan, because my plans tend to derail. I’ll do whatever He assigns me to do.” Her plate looks pretty full already. Professionally, she works full-time as the Senior Director of Well-Being and Health Services for Uplift Education, a public charter school network, and oversees 32 health clinics serving [...]

2021-01-07T21:32:51+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Faculty Profile: Ángel Gallardo

Ángel J. Gallardo’s role keeps him connected to the broader world, but he’s keeping one foot firmly planted in academia at the same time. As Associate Director of Perkins’s Intern Program, Gallardo draws on his knowledge of Christian theology and critical theory to help students integrate their studies and experience with the demands of faithful leadership in a congregation or agency. Widely recognized as an exemplary program in preparing persons for effective Christian ministry, the Perkins’s Internship is required [...]

2021-01-05T15:38:24+00:00 January 5, 2021|

Advent Worship

If you missed the annual Perkins Advent Service, it’s available to view online in time for Epiphany. Livestreamed online on December 3, the service gathered virtually more than 125 people from the U.S., Brazil, Canada and Austria. The program – titled “For the Time Being…” – was led by students and faculty in the Master of Sacred Music (MSM) program, with video contributions from MSM alumni as well. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, delivered the [...]

2021-01-05T15:38:31+00:00 January 5, 2021|
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