May 2021

2021 Commencement and Perkins’ Graduation Celebration

Graduation Weekend View the video:  A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements, held Friday, May 14, 2021 in Moody Coliseum Members of the Perkins community gathered May 14-15 to send off the class of 2021 and to celebrate students who graduated in 2020 but were unable to attend in-person graduation ceremonies. The Perkins festivities began with A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements on Friday afternoon, May 14, at Moody Coliseum. (In past years, the service took place at [...]

2021-06-01T14:30:04+00:00 June 1, 2021|

A Message from Associate Dean Hugo Magallanes

Hugo Magallanes, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Houston-Galveston Extension Program As we conclude this academic year, I’ve been thinking and reflecting on the experiences and challenges our students have encountered during their journey here at Perkins School of Theology. Without a doubt their journey has been unprecedented—a word we now use almost daily. And they have encountered these unprecedented circumstances not only here at Perkins but also around the world. The world they [...]

2021-06-01T14:32:31+00:00 May 5, 2021|

Office of Enrollment Management: Highlighting More Student Ambassadors

Highlighting Our Student Ambassadors By The Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Dear Friends: This concludes our spotlight on our splendid Ambassadors for Perkins. These students have been generous with their time, vulnerable in their conversations with prospective students, and compassionate about their Perkins experience. They have contributed of their energy and from their busy schedules to meet with aspiring theological students, and we are forever grateful for their work in the Office of Enrollment Management. Julian and Courtney will be [...]

2021-06-01T14:32:24+00:00 May 5, 2021|

Development Update: SMU Giving Day 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, SMU hosted a one-day fundraising event seeking support for causes submitted by students, staff, and faculty members.  Perkins sought to fund the following five projects: The Hispanic/Latin@ Ministries Program, which was founded in 1974 to prepare church leaders for effective ministry in Spanish-speaking and bilingual contexts and cultures. The program remains committed to recruiting, preparing and providing continuing education for people in ministry with Hispanics/Latin@. It is at the heart of Perkins School of Theology’s [...]

2021-06-01T14:32:14+00:00 May 5, 2021|

World Methodist Museum Visit Marks Transition of Collection to Bridwell Library

After receiving word that Bridwell Library had been named the recipient of the collections of the recently closed World Methodist Council Museum, Dean Craig Hill and Anthony Elia, Director of Bridwell Library, traveled to the museum in Lake Junaluska, N.C., on April 15 to meet with the museum staff and to review the collection. They were joined by the World Council Museum Friends Board of Directors for a ceremony marking the transition. Outgoing Museum President Terry Bevill delivered a [...]

2021-05-05T13:34:56+00:00 May 5, 2021|

2021 Graduation Preview

Watch Live: A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements (https://youtu.be/9Qgrm0TsIIE) COVID-19 safety requirements (face coverings, safe distancing) remain in place for all SMU commencement events, including today's Perkins ceremony, despite this week’s announcement about masks and distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Graduation ceremonies will take place May 14-15, with Perkins School of Theology’s service, “A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements,” on Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at Moody Coliseum and the All-University [...]

2021-05-14T17:15:30+00:00 May 5, 2021|

Four Faculty and Staff Members to Retire in May

Four longtime members of the Perkins faculty and staff -- Billy Abraham, Isabel Docampo, Evelyn Parker and Duane Harbin– will retire at the end of this semester. “These four are so much a part of the fabric of this school. I’ve never known Perkins without them, and find it difficult now to imagine it. We are profoundly grateful for the enormous contributions they’ve made over the span of many years,” said Dean Craig Hill. “We wish them the best, [...]

2021-05-05T13:35:25+00:00 May 5, 2021|

Two New Chairs

Perkins School of Theology announces the appointment of two new holders of two endowed chairs: Dr. Rebekah Miles as the Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Dr. Ted Campbell as the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies. Both appointments begin on June 1, 2021. The recommendations were made by Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill and supported by the unanimous vote of those holding chairs at the Perkins School of Theology. “We are very pleased to announce [...]

2021-05-05T13:35:38+00:00 May 5, 2021|

2021 Annual Conference Alumni/ae Gatherings

2021 Perkins Annual Conference Alumni/ae Gatherings One of the highlights of the annual conference sessions of The United Methodist Church, particularly within the South Central Jurisdiction, is the annual gathering of alums from Perkins School of Theology for a meal and conversation with Perkins representatives.  This year, because of ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and the ability to gather safely, annual conference sessions are not yet back to "normal" and alumni/ae gatherings have been impacted. However, Perkins alumni/ae will have the chance to [...]

2021-05-05T13:35:54+00:00 May 5, 2021|

Sending Forth Service

Members of the Perkins community gathered virtually on April 28 to bid farewell to graduating students and retiring faculty members with a Sending Forth Service held via Zoom. More than 100 people were in attendance, including some 2020 graduates. Student JaeJun Daniel Cho presented the Gospel reading, Luke 4:18-30, followed by a sermon by Isabel Docampo, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity, on “Some Thoughts on the Good News and Salt.” “Remember that we are [...]

2021-05-05T13:36:08+00:00 May 5, 2021|
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