In this video, Dean Craig Hill of Perkins School of Theology looks at the importance of acquiring knowledge of history, language and context as part of an excellent theological education. Part 1 of a 4-part series. https://youtu.be/msZXUaDCaPY
Save the Date: Virtual and Face-to-Face Recruitment Events for Perkins Prospective Students By Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. We are full into the recruitment phase, engaging prospective student for Fall 2022! I am pleased to share the activities for engaging with prospective students beginning mid-January. Included in each of these events is the opportunity to meet and converse with current students, faculty, and Office of Enrollment Management staff. Topics are diverse in nature from discerning a call to ministry to [...]
A 2019 photo of GPRS students. including some who have graduated. Seated, left to right: Tyler Womack. GPRS student: Fellipe do Vale, (Ph.D., 2021), now an assistant professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Marie Purcell, GPRS student; April Simpson (Ph.D., 2021), now a visiting assistant professor at Bucknell University; Jose Santana, GPRS student; Matthew Esquivel, GPRS student. Standing, left to right: Kelsey Spinnato, GPRS student; Yolanda Santiago Correa, GPRS student; Andrew Klumpp (Ph.D., 2020), now Editor with the State Historical Society for the Annals of Iowa; Lane Davis, GPRS student; Marie Schrampfer, GPRS student; Brian Clark, GPRS student; David Moser (Ph.D. 2021), now an assistant professor of theology at Dordt University in Sioux City, Iowa; Grace Vargas, assistant professor at TCU.
For three hours in the morning, Lane Davis jumps on a Zoom call with fellow students working on their doctoral dissertations in the Graduate Program for Religious Studies (GPRS) at SMU. They update each other on their progress, hold each other accountable and offer mutual support and encouragement. “Those of us in the doctoral program are not just colleagues,” said Davis, a fourth-year Ph.D. student concentrating on Christian history. “We are good friends.” That communal feel is one reason [...]
Abraham Smith, Professor of New Testament at Perkins, was part of the team of scholars who collaborated for two years on an updated edition of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). The NRSVue eBible is now available for purchase and download on Amazon, and the print version will be available May 1, 2022. The NRSV, published in 1989, has ranked among the most used translations of the Bible, behind the King James and the New International Version. The NRSV [...]
We welcome your feedback! Perkins is hosting listening groups in January and February to discuss the future of theological education and the Church and possible changes to the Perkins curriculum. The listening groups will include alums, Annual Conference Extended Cabinets, Boards of Ordained Ministry, leaders from different denominations, and other Perkins stakeholders. The goal is to listen to your thoughts about theological education and Perkins’ curriculum review. Look for an email in early January about participating in the listening groups. [...]
Three Perkins students presented their perspectives in a wide-ranging panel discussion, “Encountering World Religions at a Christian Seminary,” held December 1 on the Perkins campus. Tamara Bayo, Jonathan Colley and Elmer Doty were students during the Spring term of 2021 in the course on Interfaith Studies, Comparative Theology, and Christian Ministry, which included a study of world religions and how to dialogue with people of other faith traditions. They wrote papers which were originally presented virtually at the 2021 [...]
A festschrift published in November 2021 honors the distinguished career of the Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins and Director of the Center for Preaching Excellence. Shouting Above the Noisy Crowd: Biblical Wisdom and the Urgency of Preaching: Essays in Honor of Alyce M. McKenzie (Cascade Books, 2021) was co-edited by Perkins faculty members Charles L. Aaron, Jr. Director of the Intern Program and Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry, and Jaime Clark-Soles, [...]
“Faculty Publications 2021-22: A Selection of Publications by the Perkins School of Theology Faculty” is now available. Download a PDF of the listings here or read as a digital flipbook here.
Keneshia Colwell seems to have a limitless supply of energy – and she’s putting it to good use. The second-year M.Div. student is attending Perkins full-time and working full-time – and excelling at both. Colwell’s grade average hovers near 4.0 average. In June, she was promoted to her position as Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at UT Southwestern Medical School. “I don’t know how to sit down and do nothing,” she said. “I don’t sleep much, but I have [...]
At a recent Advent service, worshippers at Embassy City Church joined in singing something a bit different than the typical contemporary fare: a Taizé piece entitled “Wait for the Lord.” Taizé is a meditative form of music that emerged from the Taizé Community, an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in France. The church’s worship pastor, Sarah Benibo (M.S.M. '20) chose the Taizé piece. It’s significant because, before attending Perkins, Benibo had never heard of Taizé. “We were encouraged to incorporate [...]