May 2020

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Bridwell Quarterly – Fall 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 Summer / Fall 2020 Issue of the Bridwell Quarterly   Bridwell Quarterly – Spring 2020 The fifth issue of The Bridwell Quarterly includes a note from Bridwell [...]

2020-11-02T17:46:52+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Office of Enrollment Management: Houston-Galveston Virtual Experience

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Enrollment Management As recruiters and admission personnel, “shelter-in-place” caused us to swiftly rethink outreach to prospective students. The March 26 Inside Perkins, originally planned as an on-campus event, immediately took on a Zoom meeting format. Two more Zoom meetings followed in April. Prospects from all over the globe joined in during these three sessions, from New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Nigeria, Angola, Mexico and Zimbabwe. The [...]

2020-05-05T15:51:47+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Office of Development Update: A Call to Action

Our world has been turned upside down. Little did we know, when the school year began, that the biggest change in the history of American higher education would take place during the second semester. One hundred percent of university students in the United States are now completing their studies online! No one knows which changes will be transitory and which will be long-lasting. What we do know is that “people are still being called to ministry,” as Margot Perez-Greene, [...]

2020-05-05T15:51:52+00:00 May 5, 2020|

A Look Back: Perkins is No Stranger to Hard Times

By Sam Hodges When future histories of Perkins School of Theology are written, they will need a chapter at least on the current period, with its daunting challenges. For weeks, the Perkins campus, with the rest of Southern Methodist University, has been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classes have gone online – an unprecedented undertaking. Commencement was postponed until August, with no date certain for the campus reopening. Meanwhile, economists forecast a major recession for the U.S. [...]

2020-05-05T15:51:56+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Going Remote

The transition to online learning was unexpected and rapid – but so far, Perkins faculty and students have coped with some flexibility, some innovation, some patience, and a willingness to roll with the punches.   When students left for spring break in March, most had no expectation of how quickly things would change. Spring break was extended an extra week, and when they returned, all Dallas classes had migrated to online.    Rebekah Miles is teaching two classes this semester -- United Methodist Doctrine and [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:05+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Inside Perkins

Like everything else this semester, Inside Perkins has gone online – with an excellent response. Normally, Inside Perkins is the daylong program that brings prospective students to campus to attend classes and meet with faculty, staff and students. Since late March, however, three Inside Perkins events have been held via Zoom. Nine students attended on March 26; 12 attended on April 16; and a third meeting took place on April 30. “I’ve talked to my counterparts at seminaries across [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:10+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Course of Study School (COSS)

Rev. Deniece Mason, Perkins COSS alumna 2019. At the conclusion of her first career, as a stay-at-home mom who raised five children, Deniece Mason felt a calling to ministry. But attending seminary wasn’t in the cards. “I didn’t want to go back to school full time, and taking out loans at my age was not an option,” said Mason, who recently turned 60. Instead, she chose Perkins’ Course of Study School (COSS), which allows students to prepare [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:15+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Pandemic Roundup

To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, April has been the strangest month.  The Dallas campus is eerily empty. With all Dallas campus classes moved online, members of the Perkins community improvised ways to keep learning moving along and community connection strong. Summer 2020 courses at Perkins have also moved online, including the Course of Study School classes and the Houston-Galveston hybrid classes.  May 16 remains the official graduation date, but commencement ceremonies have been postponed until August. General Conference and many [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:22+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Health Care Holy Care

In just one week, Claudia Stephens had the chance to witness the work of hospital chaplains firsthand – in the emergency room, in an oncology ward, in a long-term care facility – as they cared for people of different religious faiths, or no faith at all, representing a wide range of backgrounds and economic levels. All this happened in one short but intensive week as she participated in the 2019 Health Care Holy Care program, a January term course [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:27+00:00 May 5, 2020|
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