November 2020

A Message from the Dean: Meditation on “The Life Everlasting”

“And they lived happily ever after.” That is the fairytale ending we read to our children before switching off the light at bedtime. We reassure them that dragons and witches and bullies do not finally triumph, that virtue is rewarded and that love endures. We reinforce their belief in a moral universe in which happiness is the offspring of goodness and not its chance acquaintance or certain competitor. But life soon confronts our children with other narratives, stories in [...]

2020-11-02T22:20:43+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Office of Enrollment Management: November Update

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management214-768-3332margot@smu.edu Greetings from the staff of the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM)! First, some good news. Perkins is experiencing the highest enrollment in the last 15 years! That’s despite the many challenges facing graduate theological education across the nation. All of our colleagues involved in recruitment and admission are feeling the strain, and only a few theological institutions saw an increase of new students this fall. Our [...]

2020-11-02T17:46:37+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Office of Development: Philanthropy as an Act of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, although I am not sure we should really call it one.  To be sure, it is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the past, but it also is an opportunity to look ahead as we guide ourselves and our loved ones. I recently came across an article by Betsy Brill, contributed a decade ago to Forbes.com, titled, “Five Ways to Improve your Family’s Philanthropy this Thanksgiving.”  Although the article was intended [...]

2020-11-02T17:46:45+00:00 November 2, 2020|

GTE and the Pandemic

Despite the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Perkins students are encouraged to think ahead and consider registering for Global Theological Education Immersion programs in the second half of 2021 and beyond. “At the moment, our risk assessment team at SMU is keeping in place restrictions on foreign travel until June 2021,” said Dr. Robert Hunt, director of Global Theological Education. “We’re taking a wait-and-see attitude as to what will happen, but we’re also encouraging students to register now, [...]

2020-11-03T03:13:26+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie and Sister Helen Prejean

Put two women with shared passions for faith and justice in a Zoom room, and you get a fascinating conversation.  That’s what happened when the Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie spoke with Sister Helen Prejean on October 27, as part of the bigBANG! 2020 conference. With the theme “Equity in Religion,” the freewheeling discussion ranged from justice in the Christian tradition to the importance of passion in activism and the need to tell compelling, human stories to change hearts and [...]

2020-11-02T17:47:09+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Healthcare Chaplaincy

Providing spiritual care to those who are sick or hospitalized demands a variety of specialized skills, especially given today’s multicultural environment. To prepare students who feel called in this area, Perkins School of Theology will offer Master of Divinity students the opportunity to concentrate in Healthcare Chaplaincy, beginning next semester. “This is a unique opportunity for students to study theology and learn from seasoned chaplains and hospital administrators at the same time,” said Dr. Hugo Magallanes, director of Perkins’s [...]

2020-11-02T17:47:18+00:00 November 2, 2020|

I Am Here

Members of the Perkins community who attended the September 30 online Chapel service got a special treat: the world premiere of a new anthem, composed by a Perkins Doctor of Pastoral Music (DPM) student and performed for the first time by the DPM students. The new anthem, "I Am Here," was composed by the Rev. Dirk Damonte, and pre-recorded and presented at the Chapel service. Damonte said he composed the song as a response to the “twin pandemics” of [...]

2020-11-05T16:47:14+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Advent Worship

Like many other annual events, the Perkins Advent Worship service will go virtual this year. Students and faculty in the Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.) program are working to make the annual service as meaningful as possible and take advantage of the possibilities that the online format offers. And alumni of the program are invited to contribute, too. The service will weave a variety of voices into a liturgical tapestry that will be streamed on smu.edu/live on December 3, [...]

2020-11-23T19:19:05+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Labyrinth Walk

In these days of COVID-19, members of Perkins community have few opportunities to gather in person just for fellowship. One of the first took place on October 5, when students, faculty and staff were invited to walk the Ruben L.F. Habito Labyrinth together with its namesake, Ruben Habito, Professor of World Religions and Spirituality. The gathering was sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Community Engagement. About a dozen people participated, wearing face masks and keeping a distance [...]

2020-11-02T17:47:41+00:00 November 2, 2020|

Student Spotlight: Victor Resendiz

Twenty years ago, Victor M. Resendiz visited the SMU campus in Dallas with a couple of friends after a soccer game. “Walking around, I made a mental note: this would be a great place for me, if I ever went to college,” he said. “But at the time, college was not an option.” Resendiz, 41, is originally from Mexico City.  In his early 20s, family expectations and finances were not aligned for him to attend college. He and his [...]

2020-11-02T17:47:50+00:00 November 2, 2020|
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