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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 parents weren’t aware of scholarships or of bilingual resources that might have paved the way for him.  But the seed was planted.

“God granted me that thought,” he said. “I didn’t realize it was actually a prayer. It was a dream come true for me to come to SMU.”

Resendiz is now an M.A.M. student in Perkins’s Houston-Galveston Extension program, expecting to graduate in May. He’s pursuing a path toward ordination as a deacon. Attending the Houston-Galveston program has worked out well while he’s worked full-time as an associate pastor at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, a large congregation in Houston.

“I lead a social justice ministry and a ministry that teaches contemplative spirituality,” he said. “After I finish my degree, my next goal is to attend the Certificate in Spiritual Direction program at SMU and continue my education in that area.”

Resendiz calls himself “a late bloomer,” having come to church and his calling later in life. After high school, he married and worked at a bank. But then there was a difficult divorce, and he became discontented with his corporate job. “That’s when I started to realize that higher learning needed to be part of my future,” he said. At the same time, he started to search for God and for a church that would offer a sense of peace.

He connected with Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston and helped start a youth ministry there. He became interested in contemplative spiritual practice, started to learn about it and practice on his own.

“I didn’t just want to sit and listen to sermons on Sunday mornings,” he said. “Something called me to furthering my studies and deepening the meaning of what I believed.”

Five years later, during a labyrinth walk, he felt the call to ministry. Memorial Drive UMC hired him and gave him free rein to start a contemplative spiritual ministry, which he has led for six years.

“I think people are hungry to experience God’s presence, rather than to just have a lot of information about God,” he said. “Overall the church has moved away from spiritual practices and toward providing information and entertainment. People’s souls are still hungry.”

Resendiz notes that Jesus’s ministry was also rooted in contemplative spiritual practice:  prayer, solitude, silence, centering prayer.

Spiritual practice shapes his own daily routine, too. He wakes up each morning to Psalms 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.

“In that stillness, I enter God’s presence and tap into his guidance for whatever I’m going to do that day,” he said.

Resendiz connected to Perkins through his pastors at Memorial Drive UMC. Now, he looks back on his first visit to SMU, more than 20 years ago, as the first stirrings toward his intended path.

“SMU has been an incredible place to be a student and a part of,” he said. “lt has enriched my life as a person, and in my vocation. I just love being an SMU student.”

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Faculty Profile: Priscilla Pope-Levison

In many ways, the pandemic has made Priscilla Pope-Levison’s job more complicated – but she’s embracing the challenge while staying as productive as ever.

As Associate Dean for External Programs, Pope-Levison coordinates events such as the upcoming Fall Convocation and the Summit for Faith and Learning, all of which have moved online in the past year.

“I’m so proud of our team,” she said. “They are all creative people, and they’ve really had to pivot to make the online format work.”  She noted that the team has launched a new platform, Mighty Networks – similar to a closed Facebook group – that will allow participants to engage with other virtual attendees before, during and after each event.

Before the pandemic, Pope-Levison’s job involved frequent visits to United Methodist and other churches in the North Texas area.

“I think it’s important for a Perkins representative to show up at these churches and to strengthen our connections,” she said. ““I try to tour each church, join a staff meeting and get to know the pastor.” The visits in turn shape planning for external events and help boost attendance.

Pope-Levison is a co-principal investigator in the Reboot Youth Ministry Initiative, and recently learned that she will serve as co-principal investigator (along with Bart Patton) in another Lilly Endowment supported initiative, “Testimony as Community Engagement.” The project will work with 30 churches, 10 per year for three years, within a 250-mile radius of Dallas to encourage and equip people to tell stories within their church as well as the community beyond the church walls about God’s presence and activity within their lives.

In addition to her work with external programs, Pope-Levison also writes and publishes often. Over the past summer, she says, she was particularly productive, completing a chapter on feminist theology for a theological dictionary.

“Our work is still as demanding as ever, but it seemed like there was just more time to focus on some of the things I’m working on in terms of my own research,” she said.

Pope-Levison just had a new book released in October, Models of Evangelism, published by Baker Academic. The book looks at eight different models of evangelism, from biblical, historical, theological, and practical perspectives, and is the product of Pope-Levison’s two decades of teaching evangelism.

Another of Pope-Levison’s research interests is the first generation of women in the Methodist Deaconess movement, which started in the mid-1880s. The Methodist Review recently published her essay titled “Expanding the Historiography of Methodist Settlement Work,” looking at the settlement and community work of three Methodist women in Chicago in the early 20th century.

“It’s not part of my current Perkins job description in external programs, but I try to keep my academic work alive,” she said.

Research Interests

Women’s Studies, History of American Christianity, Wesleyan Studies, Contextual Theology, Evangelism, Ecumenism

Book on her Nightstand

“I’m a big reader of mysteries,” she said. Anne Perry’s two series about Victorian detectives are among her favorites.

Fantasy Dinner Party

She’d like to invite Mary E. McDowell, Iva Durham Vennard, and Lucy Rider Meyer, three women she profiled in her article in the Methodist Review.  “These women came from small towns to attend a training school in a big city,” she said. “They lived in community with other women and they went out into horrible, urban squalor to minister to the residents. I would love to meet them in person.”


Her husband of 38 years, Jack Levison, has an office down the hall at Perkins; he’s also a faculty member.  “We met in graduate school and have a wonderful time together,” she said. “Every day is an adventure.” The couple has two grown children: Chloe, an SMU graduate who is working in corporate communications and pursuing an MBA at Indiana University, and son Jeremy, also an SMU graduate and a full-time videographer at Justin Boots in Ft. Worth.


Pope-Levison enjoys spinning – wool, angora rabbit, goat — a skill she picked up in the 1980s. She also knits and dyes her own fibers. She and Jack travel extensively, and have lived in in Scotland, Germany, and Italy.

Something About her Most People Don’t Know

Pope-Levison has played the piano since age 3 and majored in piano as an undergraduate.

Question She’d Ask at the Pearly Gates

Instead of a question, she said, “I want to meet Priscilla and Aquila!”

Personal Spiritual Practice

Pope-Levison follows a number of different spiritual practices: meditation first thing in the morning, using an app, Pray as You Go, from the British Jesuits, which is 15 minutes of music and Lectio Divina; the Ignatius Examen in the evening before bed. About eight years ago, she led a retreat on contemplative practices in Seattle, and has been meeting once a month ever since for Lectio Divina with seven of the women who participated in that retreat.

Favorite Prayer

“What’s really guiding my life right now is the Sarum Prayer,” she said. “Our church used it as the guiding prayer during Lent.  It reminds me that what I say, what I think, what I do — I want all that to be invested in the divine presence.”

The Sarum Prayer

God be in my head, and in my understanding
God be in my eyes, and in my seeing
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking
God be in my heart, and in my thinking
God be in my hands, and in my doing (Priscilla added this line)
God be at my end, and in my departing.

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AAR-SBL Annual Meetings

When the world’s largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion gathers virtually November 29 – December 10, members of the Perkins and SMU communities will be well-represented.  The 2020 Annual Meetings, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, were originally scheduled to take place in Boston, but moved online due to COVID-19.

Organizers say the virtual format will expand access for members without funding or resources to attend an in-person meeting, including international participants, and will allow possibilities for both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) participation.

Perkins faculty and SMU Graduate Program in Religious Studies (GPRS) students are scheduled to speak, preside or serve as panelists at more than a dozen events during the gathering. They include:

Monday, November 30

Theme: Midrash at the Nexus of Other Texts and Traditions
Monday, November 30, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kelsey Spinnato, Southern Methodist University
The Character of Abram in the Book of Jubilees

Theme: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time (Shambhala, 2020)
Monday, November 30, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Ruben L. F. Habito, Southern Methodist University, Panelist

Theme: 25 Years On: Re-Imagining, Expanding, Enriching Nancy Eiesland’s “The Disabled God” (Abingdon Press, 1994)
Monday, November 30, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Lisa Hancock, Southern Methodist University
Moving Beyond *The Disabled God*: Christology in Disability Theology

Theme: Participation and Life in God
Monday, November 30, 2020 – 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Natalia Marandiuc, Southern Methodist University, Presiding

Tuesday, December 1

Theme: Bible and Visual Art
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Susanne Scholz, Southern Methodist University
Reading the Reference to Lot’s Wife as an “Unknown Women’s Monument”: A Study of Yehuda Levy-Aldema’s Artworks on Gen. 19:26

Theme: Contemplative Practices and Religious Experiences: Buddhist-Christian Perspectives
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Ruben L. F. Habito, Southern Methodist University, Presiding
Wednesday, December 2

Theme: Joint Session with AAR Evangelical Group – “The Intersection of Bible
and the United States 2020 Politics”
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Marie Purcell, Southern Methodist University
A Battle between Good and Evil: Ethnographic Reflections on the Election from First Baptist Dallas

Theme: Women with 2020 Vision: Boston and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Southern Methodist University, Presiding

Thursday, December 3

Theme: The Business of Asceticism during the Long 1st Millennium CE
Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University
No-Self, Money, and Status

Theme: Accountability at the Intersections of Theology and Ethnography
Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Marie Purcell, Southern Methodist University
“But You Love Jesus, Right?”: Ethnographic Accountability Across Polarized Worldviews

Theme: Drag, Ballroom, Celibacy, and BDSM: LGBTQ Religious Histories, Rituals, and Public Performances
Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Meghan Beddingfield, Southern Methodist University
Ritualistic Rupture: Transgression, BDSM Piercing Practices, and a Sense of Community

Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Unit and Religions in the Latina/o Americas Unit
Business Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Ángel Gallardo, Southern Methodist University, Presiding

Monday, December 7

Theme: Human Violence in the Hebrew Bible, Early Jewish Writings, and the New Testament
Monday, December 7, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Susanne Scholz, Southern Methodist University
Exploring Interpretations of Biblical Rape Texts with the Inter(con)text of the Public Discourse on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Theme: Ethnic Chinese Biblical Studies in the Context of COVID-19
Monday, December 7, 2020 –1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Sze-kar Wan, Southern Methodist University, Panelist

Theme: Kierkegaard, the Problem of Patriarchy, and Related Social Ills, Part 1
Monday, December 7, 2020 –1:45 PM to 3:15 PM
Natalia Marandiuc, Southern Methodist University
Can Queer Feminism Save Kierkegaard from Charges of Patriarchy?

Tuesday, December 8

Theme: Puzzles in Science-Engaged Theology (New Visions in Theological Anthropology)
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Natalia Marandiuc, Southern Methodist University, Panelist

Wednesday, December 9

Theme: Review of Matthew Thiessen, Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism (Baker 2020)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Abraham Smith, Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University, Presiding

Theme: Women in the Biblical Legal Codes
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kelsey Spinnato, Southern Methodist University
Ruth and the Interpretation of Biblical Law

Wildcard Session
Theme: Making Sense of/from the 2020 US Election
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Ángel Gallardo, Southern Methodist University, Panelist

Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 –1:00-3:00 PM
April Hoelke Simpson, Southern Methodist University
The Gods and (Dis)Honor: The Relationship between Divinely Caused Suffering and Honor in Metamorphoses, Callirhoe, and Mark

Theme: Women Making Religion: Identity, and Transnational Activism
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Tamara Lewis, Southern Methodist University, Presiding

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Bolin Family Scholarship Evening

By John Martin, Perkins Director of Development

We invite you to save the date for February 16, 2021. David Brooks of the New York Times will return to Perkins School of Theology with his thoughts from this momentous year and the Perkins community can join the virtual discussion!

On February 16, 2021 at 7 p.m., the Bolin Family Scholarship Evening featuring David Brooks will take place. Brooks delivered a captivating speech at last year’s event and has agreed to update us with his thinking.

This year’s presentation will be virtual and will benefit Perkins School of Theology’s Scholarship Fund. Normally this event is a luncheon held on the SMU campus, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not gather in-person this year.  A positive benefit, however, is that every dollar of each donation will be channeled to the Scholarship Fund and will be tax deductible.  No portion of donations will be used to fund the event.

Although we are not meeting together for a meal, “table” sponsorships are still available. All proceeds from the event will support students and their education at Perkins.

In addition, a generous donor has offered to match all new table sponsorships and any increase in sponsorship level.  All donations, including the match, will go toward Perkins scholarships.

This year’s sponsorship levels:

Platinum Sponsorship – $10,000 Donation

  • Unlimited attendees, including sponsor
  • Recognition on Event Website and in Virtual Program (if desired)
  • Includes a follow-up Q&A session with David Brooks for the sponsor and one other person!

Gold Sponsorship – $5,000 Donation

  • Up to 20 attendees, including sponsor
  • Recognition on Event Website and in Virtual Program (if desired)

Silver Sponsorship – $3,000 Donation

  • Up to 15 attendees, including sponsor
  • Recognition on Event Website and in Virtual Program (if desired)

Bronze Sponsorship – $1,750 Donation

  • Up to 12 attendees, including sponsor
  • Recognition on Event Website and in Virtual Program (if desired)

Individual donations of $175 per attendee will be available soon. Visit our website here for more information. Contact Lee Henry ( for more information about any of the above.

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Interfaith Podcast – November 2020

Launched in early October, the second season of Robert Hunt’s Interfaith Encounters Podcast is well underway. This season’s focus is religious freedom, with interviews tackling topics such as restrictions on church ministries, exclusion of LGBTQ persons, attacks against synagogues and mosques, and the individual right to pray in school.

“The interviewees have diverse approaches, but the common theme is, ‘What is religious freedom and how is it put into practice?’” said Hunt, who is Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins. “It’s a complicated question.”

Upcoming programs in November and December include:

  • November 3:  Eboo Patel, Founder and President of the Interfaith Youth Corp
  • November 10:  Sharon Grant, Faculty of The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Hood Theological Seminary
  • November 17:  Rick Halperin – Director of the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Program
  • November 24: Qudsia Mirza, lawyer, author, Professor of Law at Birkbeck University of London
  • December 1: Steve Long, University Professor of Ethics at the McGuire Center for Ethics at Southern Methodist University
  • December 8:  Joel Schweitzer, AJC Regional Director
  • December 15: Marci Hamilton, constitutional lawyer and author of God vs. the Gavel. 

Interviews released in October included Brian Grim – CEO of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation; Kelly Shackelford – CEO and Lead Counsel for First Liberty Institute; the Rev. Rachel Baughman, pastor of Oaklawn United Methodist Church, and Rachel Bresner of the Anti-Defamation League and Jean and Jerry Moore Southwest Civil Rights Counsel.

Issues in the news, such as the Masterpiece Cake case and the debate over whether medical procedures such as birth control and abortion should be covered by health insurance, have spurred interest in religious freedom, Hunt said.

“The focus in the U.S. on religious freedom typically relates to the First Amendment and the federal government,” said Hunt. “But for many people, there’s a feeling that the main attack on their religious freedom comes from other religions in the U.S. It’s the idea that says, ‘For me to be religious in my way, you cannot be religious in your way.’ Or, ‘For me to be religious in my way, it is necessary for me to attack the dignity of your religion.’”

He added that many cases of suppression of religious freedom occur not at the state or federal level, but more likely at the local government level or through the actions and behaviors of city officials.

Listeners can find the podcasts at and on other podcast platforms including Apple, Google and Spotify.  Each podcast runs about 20 minutes.

Hunt launched the podcast earlier this year, with the focus of the first season’s interviews centered on COVID-19 and faith communities.  He spoke with local leaders of the Islamic, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist traditions about how their communities are coping and how the teachings of their traditions inform their response.

“It’s only when we understand what we are each going through that we can be mutually supportive and find ways to work together for society,” Hunt said.

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Anonymous Gift

An anonymous donor has made a gift of $500,000 to Perkins School of Theology, to be distributed at the Dean’s discretion for student scholarships.

“This very welcome gift is an invaluable investment in future church leaders, making their theological education affordable,” said Dean Craig Hill. “It is an encouragement to us all at Perkins and, especially, to those are considering the call to ministry.”

The funds will be distributed over the course of the next several years.

“I’m thrilled that this donor thinks highly enough of Perkins to donate such a large sum of money at this important time in the school’s history,” said Director of Development John Martin.  He added that, when Perkins awards a scholarship to an incoming student, it involves a three-year commitment to cover the cost over the course of the degree program.

“This generous donor is aware that some regular sources of funding are diminishing each year, at the very time that the need for unrestricted scholarship dollars is increasing,” Martin said. “As costs of tuition and fees go up, more burden is placed on students.”

The gift will also strengthen Perkins’s recruiting efforts. Dean Hill noted that theological education has changed radically in recent years, making scholarship money even more important.

“The schools that can offer the best aid packages are the ones that can attract the best and the brightest students,” he said.  This gift will help Perkins attract an increased number of worthy students.

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Seals Award

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Perkins School of Theology Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award and will be accepted through December 1, 2020. The annual award is presented to a layperson in the United States who exemplifies an exceptional commitment of service to Christ through faith and action in the church, community and world. Awarded first in 1993, the award has been presented to more than 50 distinguished laypersons throughout the years. Last year’s recipient was Mary White, a faithful United Methodist, church leader, volunteer and retired educator in El Paso. Details here.

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Post-Thanksgiving Plans

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester for Perkins students will unfold a little differently than in past years. Here are important details and dates regarding the end of the Fall 2020 semester:

Tuesday, November 24: The last day students will attend face-to-face classes on campus (in Dallas)

Wednesday, November 25 – Tuesday, December 1: No classes at Perkins (Dallas and Houston-Galveston (H-G))

Wednesday, December 2 – Friday December 4: All classes in Dallas will resume, fully online.  H-G classes will continue online for the remainder of the semester.

The following dates apply to both Dallas and H-G classes:

  • December 7 – 9: Reading/writing period.
  • December 9: All written work is due.
  • December 10 – 16: Final exams.

Grades will be posted by noon on Thursday, December 17.

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Staff News: Duane Harbin

Duane Harbin, Assistant Dean for Technology, Planning & Compliance at Perkins, was recently recognized for the 25th anniversary of his service to the university at a Staff Celebration and Convocation, streamed online from the Bush Institute on October 20.

In addition, Perkins’s Office of Student Life and Community Engagement hosted an outside luncheon for the staff and faculty of Kirby Hall on October 9. Dean Craig Hill surprised Harbin with an announcement about his 25th anniversary recognition and a SMU pony statuette commemorating his service (along with a box of Tiff’s Treats cookies!)

A 1981 graduate of Yale Divinity School, Harbin joined SMU in 1995 as Associate Director of Bridwell Library and was appointed Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Institutional Research for Perkins in 2001.  He assumed his current position in 2015.

“The time has passed quickly,” Harbin said. “Both the university and Perkins sought to move in positive directions in the process of responding to unrelenting change – in technology, in society, and in the church.  Many things are very different from when I arrived in 1995, but the core commitment of Perkins to provide excellence in education and research as ‘An Academy for the Whole Church and for the World’ continues.”

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Faculty Updates Nov. 2020

New Preaching Series

The Center for Preaching Excellence is launching a new series of video interviews in November. Called Mustreads, the series will feature interviews of authors of homiletical books of interest to preachers. Authors scheduled for initial interviews include Karoline Lewis, Joni Sancken, Jerusha Neal, Dave Ward, and Lisa Thompson.

“In this time of Covid social distancing we are pivoting to providing more online resources for preachers,” said Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie, director of the Center. “Mustreads is our way of publicizing authors’ recent work and letting preachers know of its importance to their pulpit ministries in these difficult times.

The videos will be available on the Center’s YouTube channel; look for book covers and bios of the authors at the Center’s website.

This is the third in a series of videos launched by the Center during the pandemic entitled “What’s a Preacher to Do?” The first focused specifically on Preaching During the Pandemic and the second on Preaching in a Pandemic of Racism.

Extension Ministers Gathering

Mark W. Stamm, Professor of Christian Worship, was one of four speakers at a recent gathering of extension ministers in the North Texas Annual Conference. Extension ministers are deacons and elders who serve in positions other than the local church, including hospitals, academic settings, overseas missions and social service ministries. Typically, the group meets at a breakfast during Annual Conference, but this year’s gathering was called by Bishop Michael McKee and held via Zoom.  The speakers each shared an update of their work during 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers were Janet Collinsworth (M.T.S. ’09), a deacon who serves at Agape Resources Assistance Center; Wes Magruder (M.Div. ’96), an elder teaching pastors in South Africa in a General Board of Global Ministries program; Ugonna Onuoha (Master of Religious Education ’98), a deacon and chaplain at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas; and Stamm, who talked about how his work as a professor, liturgical scholar and chapel elder at Perkins have transitioned to online. As the extension ministers looked back at 2020, Stamm said, “We have found that grace has abounded, even in the middle of the pandemic, in ways that have been surprising.  We’re doing what we’ve always done, and that’s been good.”  

An Unconventional God

Baker Academic has published a new book by Jack Levison, An Unconventional God, “a fresh take on the Holy Spirit through a careful reading of every reference to the Spirit in the Gospels.” This is a companion volume to Levison’s earlier work, A Boundless God, and analyzes key aspects of Jesus’s experience of the Holy Spirit.

In commending the book N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham, writes: “Whatever Jack Levison writes about the Spirit is worth reading. When he now takes us through the familiar territory of the story of Jesus, alerting us to Spirit-filled dimensions we have missed before, our eyes are opened, our minds glimpse fresh truth, and our hearts are once more set on fire.”

Levison is W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew and is known for his groundbreaking work on the Holy Spirit and topics both biblical and theological.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

Wabash Grant

Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology, has received a Wabash Grant to participate in a research project, “Innovations in Chaplaincy Education: Redesigning Chaplaincy-Focused Courses.” Dr. Shelley Rambo of Boston University and Trace Haythorn, CEO of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, will be leading the research and Stevenson-Moessner will be collaborating. The Henry Luce Foundation is funding the grant through the Wabash Center. “Our chief goal is to support the design and redesign of courses in chaplaincy and spiritual care,” said the co-chairs in a letter. “We believe that the conversations happening right now around chaplaincy point to the need for our schools to support chaplaincy courses and degree programs that can match the innovation happening on the ground.” Perkins’ faculty just approved an M.Div. with a concentration in Healthcare Chaplaincy, and Dr. Stevenson-Moessner’s grant will further strengthen this new initiative.

Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes

Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner developed an interest in women’s suffrage in the early 1980s, when she stumbled upon a cardboard box filled with “a bunch of pamphlets” at the Princeton library; one of these was an original but undiscovered document written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Later, after her daughter introduced her to eBay, she began collecting postcards, newspapers, other ephemera related to women’s suffrage, and an actual calling card of Sojourner Truth.

Many of those materials are available via a centennial exhibit titled “Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes” now on view at the website of the DeGolyer Library at SMU in Dallas. The display features more than 100 objects from the collections of Stevenson-Moessner, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and the DeGolyer Library, in a wide-ranging show curated by Samantha Dodd.

Read the story in Rare Book Monthly click here.

To view the exhibit, which will remain online permanently, visit: Introduction · Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes · DeGolyer Library Exhibits