Bridwell Quill – Latest Note, November – December 2021 Read the update from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia. Bridwell Quarterly – Fall 2021 The thirteenth issue of The Bridwell Quarterly includes a note from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia, reflecting on the past few months; a story about the newly renamed Center for Methodist Studies at Bridwell Library; a tribute to Ian Tyson; a staff profile; and many more topics we hope you'll enjoy. Click to read the Fall 2021 [...]
Du Bosc, Claude et al. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New / Newly Translated Out of the Original Tongues ; and with Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, by His Majesty’s Special Command ; Appointed to Be Read in Churches. Oxford: Printed by John Baskett, printer to the King’s most excellent Majesty, for Great Britain; and to the University, 1717. Print. The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Bible Collection.
As I write this, we are preparing this year’s print edition of Perspective, which will focus on the Bible. In one capacity or another, I have been a student of Scripture since I was a teenager. It is a subject of which I never tire and about which I always have something new and important to learn. Lately, I have been focusing on the Gospel of Mark, which leads me to share a few thoughts about this wonderful and [...]
Spring 2020 new students (Dallas, first photo; Houston; second photo.) Photos by B. Anderson.
The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Dear Perkins Friends, I’m happy and proud to introduce to you the incoming Spring 2020 class (pictured above)! These 11 students in Dallas and 14 students in Houston are part of Perkins’ story of continued growth and diversity. The Houston-Galveston Hybrid Extension program continues to grow, and we’re counting on you to help in promoting this incredibly accessible program to your churches and mentees. The most prominent [...]
With the spring semester in full swing, the Development Office is as busy as ever. We have several items of interest to report this month: On February 5, Perkins’ annual Bolin Family Scholarship Luncheon filled The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom to capacity. New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks was the featured speaker. Funds raised from table sponsorships and individual ticket sales went into the Perkins Student Scholarship Fund. Jane Bolin, a member of [...]
Pastors heal souls. Hospitals heal bodies. Given those natural connections, it’s not surprising that a United Methodist seminary’s hospital setting is creating unique learning opportunities for students as well as for hospital staff. Since the fall of 2018, students in Perkins School of Theology’s Houston-Galveston Extension Program have reported to Houston Methodist Hospital to attend many of their classes. The hospital provides classroom space, along with tech support and meals, for the two one-week sessions in which students gather [...]
David Brooks does a lot of public speaking, and most everywhere he goes he talks up the need for building community, practicing compassion and discovering what he calls “moral joy.” It is no surprise, then, that he was glad to visit Perkins School of Theology. “People in places like this, this is their business, and they really know the vineyards I’m trying to enter,” he said. Brooks – New York Times columnist, best-selling author and regular commentator for the [...]
Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in extraordinary times – the darkest days of Nazi Germany. Most of us, however, spend our lives in largely ordinary circumstances. But ordinary life may be the realm in which Bonhoeffer has the most to teach us, according to speakers at a short conference at Perkins and SMU. Titled “In the Face of Barbarism: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Culture, Humanity and the Importance of the Ordinary Life,” the conference took place February 13-14. Most scholarly and popular [...]
William Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School. Photo courtesy of divinity.duke.edu.
What’s ahead for the United Methodist Church? Will Willimon will attempt to tackle that question in a half-day course at the Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning (formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity) on March 26-28 on the Perkins campus at SMU. It’s the headline course for the three-day, multicourse event, themed “Boundless Learning, Bountiful Living.” The program is open to laypeople as well as clergy; online registration is available through March 21. Perkins Perspective interviewed Willimon, [...]
Nick McRae felt the first stirrings of a call to ministry in childhood, but for a number of reasons, he didn’t take it seriously. Instead, he pursued a career as an English professor, earning an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. and publishing a couple of books of poetry. But one day in 2014, while teaching freshman composition at the University of North Texas, he said, “I had this overwhelming sense. I didn’t want to be telling these students about introductory [...]
If you had to sum up James Lee’s professional passions in one word, that word might be “ecumenical.” He’s helping to build bridges across divisions and denominational lines through his scholarly work and teaching. A Roman Catholic teaching in a United Methodist seminary, Lee leads classes for adults at Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal churches in the Dallas area. His books and research on the history of early Christianity offer insights that he believes can foster Christian unity today. [...]