James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” Romans 1:11-15 For I am [...]
2019 Perkins Orientation at the SMU Dallas campus (first photo) and Houston-Galveston Extension Program (second photo). Photos by B. Anderson.
Dear Friends: Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management I write this brief article filled with gratitude to God for a marvelous team of staff, faculty and administrators serving Perkins School of Theology. This fall, we are experiencing robust classes, community energy, a boost in Chapel presence, a swell of conversation and laughter at meal times in the Refectory, an upsurge of participation in CHAP (Community Hour at Perkins) and high levels of enthusiasm from [...]
This fall, Perkins welcomed a third cohort of Perkins Scholars. The Perkins Scholar designation is given to students who have distinguished themselves in their undergraduate studies, have leadership abilities, and are enrolled in the Master of Divinity program leading toward ordination. Ten M.Div. students from each entering class make up each year’s cohort. Those students receive a three-year scholarship totaling $21,000, spread over three years, in addition to other scholarship awards they may receive. In the spring of 2017, [...]
“Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker,” a new initiative of Perkins School of Theology designed to equip entire congregations to serve in ministry with youth, announced the selection of 18 diverse congregations to form its initial (starter) cohort. They include two African Methodist Episcopal churches, three Baptist churches, two Presbyterian (PC USA) churches, an Episcopal church, and 10 United Methodist churches of varying ethnic backgrounds, all without a full-time, paid youth worker and within a 300-mile radius of Dallas. [...]
When worshippers arrive for the Advent worship service on December 5, they’ll see some changes at Perkins Chapel: new lighting and newly refinished floors and pews, the result of renovation efforts this fall. And they will hear some changes, too. “We have a new sound system that will make it much easier to hear sermons and prayers,” said Duane Harbin, Assistant Dean for Technology, Planning & Compliance. “I think we will really hear a difference in the spoken word [...]
Perkins School of Theology has established a partnership with the nonprofit Project Transformation National to provide a preferred pathway for Project Transformation interns and alumni considering a graduate theological education at Perkins. Craig C. Hill,Dean of Perkins, and Eric Lindh, CEO of Project Transformation National, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, September 18 at Perkins. Read the news release here.
Left to right: Isabel Docampo, Director of The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins; Maria Pilar Aquino, STD, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego; Daisy Machado, Union Theological Seminary; Maria-Jose Recinos, MSC, LPC; Mayra Picos-Lee, Pastoral Care Professor at Palmer Seminary. Photo by K. Gaddis, SMU Photography.
On a Saturday morning, before a solemn crowd, the words of Hal Recinos’s poem “Rising” voiced the agony of people at the border, punctuated by interludes of dissonant and dolorous music: we are the hungry, the lame, the naked, the sick, the women, the widows, the Gay and the unnamed leaving Christ speechless in church. As the words and music conveyed, those in the borderlands live precarious and chaotic lives. Others in the Latinx community fear deportation and hatred [...]
The Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles isn’t happy with the current direction of politics, whether in our nation or in the United Methodist Church. But she’s not ready to give up on either battle. She’s politically active, both in secular politics and church politics. The Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles If you live in Tarrant County, she might ask whether you’re registered to vote. As a deputy voter registrar in Tarrant County, she carries voter registration cards wherever she [...]
Lauren Sandstedt looks back and sees moments when God seemed to be pulling her toward ministry over the past 17 years. “And that’s a lot, because I’m only 24,” she said. As a child, she’d memorize the communion liturgy – the officiant’s portion – and daydreamed about how she’d look in a minister’s robe. But ministry wasn’t the path she pursued on as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri. Sandstedt majored in business and headed to the corporate [...]
About two dozen students, faculty and staff turned up for snacks and fellowship at the annual International Tea Time, a gathering for the community to get to know Perkins’s international students. Students from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, South Korea, India, Ghana, and Kenya led a singalong, with Francois Mukosa, a second year M.T.S. student, playing the guitar. The international students had the opportunity to introduce themselves individually. Jae Jun “Daniel” Cho bowed to the group, demonstrating how [...]