May 2019

Latest News from Bridwell Library

Bridwell Quarterly – Winter 2020 The fifth issue of The Bridwell Quarterly includes a note from Bridwell Library Director, Anthony Elia, reflecting on the past few months; passages and experiences of staff; updates on the library's renovations; upcoming online exhibitions; and many more topics we hope you'll enjoy. Click to read the Fall 2019 Issue of the Bridwell Quarterly Bridwell Quill - Latest Note, November - December 2019 Read the update from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia.   Bridwell Quarterly [...]

2020-03-30T19:42:58+00:00 March 30, 2020|

Recruitment: Everyone’s Responsibility

Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene Associate Dean of Enrollment Management It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the fall 2019 recruitment season. Our Ministry Discernment Associates – also known as recruiters! – have been road warriors, traveling to numerous colleges and universities, fairs, campus organizations, camps, churches and other gatherings to meet with prospective students who are discerning a call to ministry, or have an interest in pursuing theological education for deeper spiritual [...]

2019-05-02T15:35:20+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Office of Development

Here’s something we often hear from our students: “My friends and I would not be able to attend Perkins if it were not for donors – most of whom I will never meet – who provided scholarships.” Similar sentiments come from prospective students. As Margot Perez-Greene, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, notes, “Financial aid is the greatest determining factor as to whether a student can or cannot come and enroll as a student at Perkins.” Ministry Discernment Associate John [...]

2019-05-02T16:14:20+00:00 May 1, 2019|

How Jazz Came to Church

As sacred spaces go, Perkins Chapel has always been rather austere and stately. But on May 20, 1959, it showed it could swing. That day Perkins Chapel hosted the first-ever jazz liturgical service. Ed Summerlin, an accomplished saxophonist doing graduate studies at North Texas State College, wrote the music. He led a nine-piece jazz band from that school, and together, with the help of Perkins faculty who read Scripture and preached, they crossed a cultural boundary. Photo by [...]

2019-05-01T20:09:44+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Graduation Preview

Perkins’ May 18 Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements to be live-streamed at 2 p.m. CST via webcast at hpumconline.org/perkins. May is a bittersweet season, when we say goodbye to graduates and wish them well in their new beginnings. Perkins School of Theology will honor graduating seniors with a variety of events, culminating on Saturday, May 18, with the University-wide Commencement Convocation and Perkins’ Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements. Eighty-seven students are scheduled to receive their SMU diplomas [...]

2019-05-02T17:01:10+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Annual Conference Roundup

As Annual Conferences convene in Texas and nearby states later this month and in June, members of the Perkins community will be in attendance. Perkins faculty, staff and alumni will be participating in the proceedings, reconnecting with Perkins alumni and friends, preaching and reaching out to prospective students. “Annual Conference” has a dual meaning in the United Methodist Church. Each Annual Conference is a regional organizing body of the church. Once a year, representatives from that region gather for [...]

2019-05-24T18:25:29+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Reboot Youth Ministry Initiative

Applications will open May 10 for churches interested in participating in the Reboot Youth Ministry Initiative, a program designed to strengthen congregational ministries with youth through programmatic innovation. The program originated with a five-year, $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Perkins School of Theology announced in December. Co-directors of the grant are the Bart Patton, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Education, and Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, Associate Dean, Office of External Programs. Reboot will select and [...]

2019-05-02T22:15:06+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Student Spotlight: Fernanda Casar Marfil

Fernanda Casar Marfil lives in Monterrey, Mexico; works full time; and is raising two young children. But none of those factors deterred her from a dream she will see fulfilled his month: earning a degree from Perkins School of Theology. Fernanda expects to graduate this month from the Spanish-language Th.M. Degree Program, as a member of the first cohort of students receiving the advanced master’s degrees. This nonresidential program is designed especially for experienced full-time pastors or church/academic leaders. [...]

2019-05-02T18:40:29+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Faculty Profile: Jaime Clark-Soles

Walk by Jaime Clark-Soles’ office, and you might overhear her on the phone, saying something like, “Sure, I’ll do Evil.” That’s because she’s often asked to tackle the topic of evil at panel discussions and other gatherings. To many students on campus, she’s best known as the professor who teaches the course “Evil, Suffering, Death and the Afterlife.” But as professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins, Jaime Clark-Soles’ sphere of influence expands well beyond [...]

2019-05-02T15:41:59+00:00 May 1, 2019|

Perkins’ Black Seminarians Host Seven Last Words

Perkins’ Black Seminarians Association hosted the third annual Seven Last Words service on Good Friday, April 19, at Salem Institutional Baptist Church in South Dallas.  Following an African-American tradition, the Good Friday worship was woven around the last utterances of Christ before his death on the cross. Many students, faculty and staff from Perkins were in attendance as well as members of the community. Seven preachers – all Perkins students or recent alumni – each offered a seven-minute sermon [...]

2019-05-02T17:00:30+00:00 May 1, 2019|
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