May 2022

Letter from the Dean: Partnering with God

Commencement season is upon us. Here at SMU, and across the country, family and friends will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates, while graduates anticipate opportunities for future achievement. However, the Perkins ceremony is different in one essential respect: it is a worship service. In it, we also celebrate God’s calling and pray for God’s continuing work in the life of each graduate. Their future ministry is their life’s work, to be sure, but work prompted, encouraged, and enabled by [...]

2022-05-03T14:07:25+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Upcoming Virtual Recruitment Opportunities

By Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. We continue to review applications for both the Dallas and Houston-Galveston Hybrid degree programs.  Scholarship dollars are still available! We also offer flexibility. For those students who are not yet ready to apply to a degree program, there are options to choose a non-degree or an exploratory option. Please share this information with prospective students in your churches and places of work.  Provide them with a copy of the virtual events planned for this [...]

2022-05-03T14:07:43+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Development Update: End of Year Report

Dear Perkins Friends, We are coming to the end of the first full year of the public phase of SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow, SMU’s $1.5 billion capital campaign.  As the Development Director for Perkins, I am pleased with our progress in this effort. I am especially gratified that the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has graced us with a three-year $2.7 million grant, funding Perkins’ Baptist House of Studies.  This is the third grant which Perkins has [...]

2022-05-03T14:07:51+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Graduation Preview 2022

Perkins’ May 14 Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. CST via webcast at May is a bittersweet month – when the Perkins community says farewell to graduates as they embark on new beginnings.  Perkins School of Theology will honor graduating seniors with a variety of events this year, culminating on Saturday, May 14 with the university-wide Commencement Convocation and Perkins’ Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements. Ninety-five students are scheduled to receive [...]

2022-05-03T20:52:21+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Annual Conference Roundup

This year’s United Methodist Annual Conferences in Texas and beyond will be in-person reunions. Nearly all such sessions met online the past two years because of pandemic concerns. Perkins faculty, staff and alumni will be present as in-person sessions get underway, re-connecting with alumni and friends, reaching out to prospective students and doing some of the preaching at services. Sending Perkins faculty and staff to the gatherings helps nurture Perkins’ ongoing partnership with the Annual Conferences in theological education. In [...]

2022-05-03T14:08:08+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Testimony HQ Second Cohort Applications Opened

Applications opened May 1 for congregations interested in joining the second cohort of Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony HQ grant-funded initiative. Ten churches will be selected for the second cohort, which launches January 1, 2023.  Churches of any denomination within a 350-mile radius of Dallas are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through June 20, 2022. Two Zoom informational sessions are scheduled for May 20 and June 9 for those interested in learning more. The program, supported by [...]

2022-05-03T14:08:16+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Taking Humor Seriously

It’s almost a cliché: the preacher starts with a corny joke or two and then moves on to the rest of the sermon. But SMU faculty members Alyce McKenzie and Owen Lynch want preachers to take humor more seriously. McKenzie and Lynch led “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pulpit: Preaching and Humor,” a daylong workshop that took place at Perkins on April 25. Some 35 pastors from the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as a [...]

2022-05-03T14:08:25+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Student Spotlight: Lael Melville

At Perkins’ graduation ceremonies in 2016, the Rev. Dr. Lael Melville (M.Div. '16) was recognized twice: with the Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Flinn Senior Award, for the graduating class member best exemplifying the aims of the school and the church for its ministry, and the Harry Hosier Spirit Award, for the student exemplifying Hosier’s spirit in his “elocution of faith: I sing by faith, preach by faith, pray by faith, and do everything by faith.” Lael Melville (right) [...]

2022-05-03T14:08:36+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Faculty Updates: May 2022

Preaching and Lean Cuisine Wes Allen was featured in a recent UM News article, “What preachers can learn from Lean Cuisine” by Sam Hodges. “Preachers need to know the Bible and how to offer pastoral care, and it helps if they can read a budget and drive a church van,” Hodges wrote. “They would also do well to become students of advertising. That’s the case made by the Rev. O. Wesley Allen Jr. and Carrie La Ferle, faculty members [...]

2022-05-03T14:08:52+00:00 May 3, 2022|

Alumni/ae News: May 2022

Alum Creates Musical about Simon of Cyrene The Rev. Henry Masters (M.Th. ’71, D.Min. ‘90) produced his own full-length musical about Simon of Cyrene in April at Hamilton Park UMC in Dallas. The Biblical figure is a long-time fascination for Masters -- about 20 years ago, he wrote and published a book about Simon, the African man summoned from the crowd to carry Jesus’ cross to Calvary. Now, at age 76 and retired as a United Methodist pastor, Masters [...]

2022-05-03T14:08:59+00:00 May 3, 2022|