November 2019

A Message from Dean Hill: Ode to Joy

There is a sweetness to this time of year that I began to feel again last evening. I was walking on the SMU campus about dusk, and I was met along the way by memories that came with unexpected vividness. The warm air, the amber light, the slight breeze: I was taken back to an autumn evening as a young boy in a park near our home. The memory affected me in a way I can't quite explain. It [...]

2019-12-02T22:26:40+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Office of Enrollment Management

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management In the fall of 2017, we began reorganizing and establishing the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM). Responsible for recruitment, admission and financial aid services, the OEM was restructured by recommendations from the Perkins Engagement Team. In the second phase of the reorganization, we decided to assign a new title to the recruiters: Ministry Discernment Associate (MDA), a distinctive title that would more accurately describe their role. In [...]

2019-11-06T15:59:22+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Office of Development

Perkins School of Theology is in the third year of a special University-wide effort called Pony Power.  That initiative endeavors to fortify our educational efforts by raising “current use” funds.  These are funds that can be expended during the same academic year in which they are received.  This effort is vital to the renewed strength of Perkins. We have set the goal for Perkins at $7.1 million over the next three years.  I am happy to report that we [...]

2019-11-06T15:59:28+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Advent Worship

When members of the Perkins community gather in the Perkins Chapel for Advent Worship on Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m., they will be marking three milestones: the 60th anniversary of Perkins’ Master of Sacred Music program, the 80th anniversary of the Seminary Singers, and the 60th anniversary of the Advent service itself. Advent was first celebrated in Perkins Chapel in 1959, a tradition continued every year since. The worship will follow the classic Lessons and Carols format, with [...]

2019-11-22T17:49:54+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Perkins Prepares for ATS Accreditation Site Visit in February 2020

Perkins School of Theology is up for reaccreditation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in 2020. That involves an extensive two-year process of self-study and peer review that is required once each decade to maintain Perkins’ ATS accreditation. But O. Wesley Allen, Jr., the faculty member who’s spearheading the reaccreditation process, says it’s more than just jumping through a series of institutional hoops. The process became an opportunity for all members of the Perkins community to reflect and [...]

2019-11-06T15:59:46+00:00 November 6, 2019|

AAR-SBL Annual Meetings

When the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion gathers November 23-26 in San Diego, members of the Perkins and SMU communities will be well-represented.  The 2019 Annual Meetings, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, will feature more than 1,000 academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, tours and other events. Some 10,000 attendees are expected; the Annual Meetings offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the [...]

2019-11-06T22:42:43+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Faculty Profile: Theodore Walker

Theodore Walker, Jr., will never forget the moment. After months spent sifting through old papers and documents, he came across the object of his 15-year search: the lost manuscript of a never-published book by the prominent scientist Ernest E. Just. “It was definitely a happy dance moment,” said Walker, who is Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Perkins. The discovery stemmed from an interest in science that Walker had cultivated as an undergraduate at the University of North [...]

2019-11-06T15:59:58+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Student Profile: Ed Gabrielsen

Some students have a dramatic “call story” – a powerful turning point that explains the decision to study at Perkins. But Ed Gabrielsen’s journey to Perkins began when, as he puts it, “My life exploded.” Five years before he enrolled, his home burned to the ground. The family’s dog was lost in the fire.  His marriage ended. Since he had shared a business with his wife, that also meant the end of his career. “I was totally lost and [...]

2019-11-06T16:00:05+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Faculty Update

Evelyn Parker in South Africa Evelyn Parker, Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology, is in South Africa as a 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright Scholar. She’s based at the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice and the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, working on a project titled “Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing and Intervening in Teen Dating Violence in South Africa.” As Parker gets to know the young [...]

2019-11-06T16:00:11+00:00 November 6, 2019|

Alumni/ae Update

New Book by Jonathan Chism Rev. Jonathan Chism (M.Div. '08) In his new book, the Rev. Jonathan Chism (M.Div. '08), takes readers on a spiritual journey with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “On this first day of our journey, I invite you to embrace, remember and appreciate the special love God has for us,” he writes in 30-Day Journey with Martin Luther King Jr. (Fortress Press, 2019.) Chism is assistant professor of history at [...]

2019-11-06T22:53:48+00:00 November 6, 2019|
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