November 2018

Latest News from Bridwell Library

Bridwell Quarterly – Fall 2019 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, September - October 2019 Read the update from Bridwell Library Director Anthony Elia. Bridwell Quill [...]

2020-01-03T19:48:14+00:00 January 2, 2019|

Letter from Dean Hill

“What is your vision for the school?” I was asked that question when interviewing for the deanship in early 2016. The answer I gave remains the same today: Perkins should be “an academy for the whole church in the whole world.” Both parts of that answer are equally important. By “whole church,” I mean that Perkins should strive to be an academic resource for laity as well as clergy, and across denominational and other arbitrary boundaries. We have a [...]

2018-12-03T15:39:27+00:00 November 1, 2018|

International Students Enrich Perkins Experience

Just a few months ago, Ishmael K. Mathiu, a third generation Methodist and an ordained minister, was serving as mission coordinator for his church in Kenya. Now, he’s sharing his gifts with the community at Perkins School of Theology. Mathiu is one of six students in Perkins’ newest class of international students—a substantial increase from previous years, when only two international students were admitted per year. This increase is due to a change in the decision to admit qualified [...]

2018-11-01T19:00:01+00:00 November 1, 2018|

Development Update: The SMU Fund for Perkins

Most financial planners instruct us to build an emergency fund so that money will be available when an unexpected expense arises. We all understand that is a sensible plan which we should follow. The SMU Fund for Perkins acts as an emergency fund for the institution. Money donated to that “unrestricted” account can be used at the discretion of the Dean for various purposes that might arise. He can tap money from that account to underwrite unexpected costs, start [...]

2018-11-01T15:36:44+00:00 November 1, 2018|

Perkins Forges Agreements With Nine Partner Institutions

Perkins School of Theology has established partnerships with nine undergraduate institutions to provide a preferred pathway for undergraduates considering a graduate theological education. Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed between Perkins and nine United Methodist-related colleges and universities in the South Central Jurisdiction during the 2017-18 academic year, with a tenth underway. Agreements have been made with Austin College, Sherman, Texas; Centenary College, Shreveport, La.; Hendrix College, Conway, Ark.; Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas; McMurry University, Abilene, Texas; Philander Smith [...]

2018-11-01T15:36:37+00:00 November 1, 2018|

Student Spotlight: Anna Bundy

Anna Bundy has three passions: Christian community, Southern hospitality, and equality for all people. At Perkins School of Theology, she found a place to pursue all three. “The moment I stepped on campus, I knew that there was a community of faithful leaders in ministry that were dedicated to growing closer to Christ and each other as well as leading people well in churches,” she said. Anna Bundy celebrating with friends following a FACE worship service. Anna [...]

2018-11-01T16:38:36+00:00 November 1, 2018|

Faculty Profile: Evelyn L. Parker

To have the most impact in the world, Evelyn Parker believes, Christians must be a visible sign of love and justice. Since 1996, that conviction has spurred her involvement with the World Council of Churches (WCC). “Churches that identify as Christian need to be visible in the world, in going about the business of being Christ in a world that has hurts and failures and places of despair,” she said. “With the presence of Christ, we can change and [...]

2018-11-01T16:35:07+00:00 November 1, 2018|

Dialogue Examines Theology, Criminal Justice Reform on School Children of Color

In theory, schools should put children on a path toward college or a good job. In reality, for far too many children school leads to incarceration. Experts call the trend the “school-to-prison pipeline” -- the disproportionate tendency of young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to end up incarcerated – and they blame the trend on increasingly harsh school and municipal policies. That was a key focus of an interdisciplinary dialogue, “The ABC’s of Theology and Criminal Justice Reform on the [...]

2018-11-30T22:16:36+00:00 November 1, 2018|
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, during a recent visit to Dallas with (left) the Rev. Leslie Stewart (M. Div. '14) and (right) the Rev. Rebecca Tankersley (M. Div. '15).

Alumni/ae Update

Perkins Alumnae Meet Archbishop The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, during a recent visit to Dallas with (left) the Rev. Leslie Stewart (M. Div. '14) and (right) the Rev. Rebecca Tankersley (M. Div. '15). Two Perkins alums had the opportunity to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, during a recent visit to Dallas. The Rev. Leslie Stewart (M. Div. ‘14) and the Rev. Rebecca Tankersley (M. Div. ‘14) met Welby during a vocations conference, “Discerning a [...]

2018-11-01T19:03:01+00:00 November 1, 2018|