May 2020

Student Spotlight: Melissa Nelms

Melissa Nelms’ journey to Perkins School of Theology involved a move from “No” to “Yes.” As an undergraduate at Oklahoma City University, she felt a pull toward ministry – but not toward seminary. “Whenever I wondered whether I should go to seminary, it was a pretty hard ‘no’ for me, for a long time,” she said. “I saw myself in ministry but never in a traditional church setting.” That feeling started to shift after she took Disciple Bible Study, [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:33+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Faculty Profile: Mark Stamm

Mark Stamm’s vocation centers on the study of Christian worship, theology and practice of the sacraments within Methodism. His vacations, however, tend to focus on baseball. Rooting his academic work is a firm conviction that the way Christians worship affects much more than just what happens on Sunday mornings. “There is not a hard boundary between worship life and the rest of our life as Christian people,” he said. “There ought never be a hard boundary. When we see [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:38+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Interfaith Podcast

When a crisis hits, the faithful turn to their leaders, their communities and their religious teachings and scriptures for guidance and strength. While common themes emerge, each faith tradition has its own unique approach to the crisis. To explore how various faith traditions are responding to COVID-19, Robert Hunt, director of Global Theological Education at Perkins, launched the “Interfaith Encounters” podcast. For the inaugural season series, COVID-19 and Faith Communities, he spoke with local leaders of the Islamic, Sikh, [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:43+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Perkins Launches Ecumenical Endeavor with Logsdon Seminary

Perkins School of Theology is collaborating as part of a group of institutions committed to preserving the heritage of Logsdon Seminary, in light of its closing next year by Hardin-Simmons University (HSU). The group is developing plans for extending and expanding the seminary’s “big-hearted Baptist” legacy into the future. Citing financial stress, the university in Abilene, Texas, announced in February it would close the seminary. HSU is offering final contracts to seminary faculty through May 2021 as part of [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:48+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Center for Preaching Excellence

The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence continues to add new resources for church leaders and pastors as they lead virtual worship and gatherings during the pandemic. For Holy Week, Alyce McKenzie posted a timely blog, “Preaching to an Empty Tomb.” During the quarantine, she writes, many of us awake each day with “a persistent sense of being entombed, shut off from others and struggling to feel the presence of God all day long. There is profound biblical precedent for [...]

2020-05-05T15:52:53+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Perkins-Cliff MOU

Perkins School of Theology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cliff College, a Christian theological college in Calver, Derbyshire, in the United Kingdom. After formal approval by Peter K. Moore, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ad interim, the MOU was signed in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 28, by Perkins Dean Craig Hill and Cliff College Principal, the Rev. Ashley Cooper, and Head of Global Partnerships, the Rev. Andrew Harper. The agreement provides for [...]

2020-05-05T15:53:00+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Staff News

The Rev. Connie L. Nelson (M.Th. '84), executive director of Perkins’ Office of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations, has been named a recipient of the 2020 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Award.   Each year, the SMU Faculty Senate honors five exemplary staff members with this award, with recipients nominated by SMU faculty members. Recipients usually receive a citation and gifts at the final meeting of the Faculty Senate in May; this year’s presentation has been postponed, likely until this fall. [...]

2020-05-05T15:53:05+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Faculty Update

Jack Levison’s New Book Trending on Amazon  Jack Levison’s new ebook, 7 Questions About the Holy Spirit (Amazon, 2020) was trending on Amazon this month, ranking among top releases in the Spirituality Short Reads and Pneumatology Christian Theology categories. Levison is W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins. Check out the book here.   Robert Hunt Leads Unity Prayer Robert Hunt, director of Global Theological Education at Perkins, recently led “United Through Prayer,” a [...]

2020-05-05T15:53:11+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Alumni/ae Update

Bryant Phelps Featured in COVID-19 Story The Rev. Bryant Phelps (D.Min. ‘17) is shepherding a congregation of mostly senior citizens in one of the Dallas County ZIP codes hit hardest by the coronavirus. “While he has no fears about the church universal surviving the pandemic, it’s the 150 or so people who make up Church of the Disciple in DeSoto – and those in other congregations of color – whom Phelps worries about,” writes columnist Sharon Grigsby. Read the [...]

2020-05-05T16:33:58+00:00 May 5, 2020|

Graduation Preview

SMU President R. Gerald Turner has announced that SMU’s University-wide Commencement Convocation has been postponed until August. “Given the current global uncertainty and restrictions on large gatherings in Dallas County … we’ve made the very difficult decision to postpone SMU’s commencement weekend until Saturday, August 15,” Turner said in a video statement. “We didn’t want to delay it, but we needed to.” Turner noted that May degrees will be officially conferred on May 16, with transcripts available on May [...]

2020-05-05T15:53:23+00:00 May 5, 2020|
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