October 2021

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey Speaks at 2021 Barton Lecture

In the beginning was a Story, and that Story is good. That Story is ours. With those words, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey began her lecture, a meditation on the importance of story in the community of faith and in the struggle for justice. “If you think about it, story is the main differentiator that we humans have from the rest of the animal kingdom,” she said. “From the beginning we have relied on stories to help us navigate life [...]

2021-10-05T14:39:13+00:00 October 4, 2021|

New Certificate in Practical Ministry

For church staff, laity and students looking to enhance their practical skills and knowledge, Perkins is offering a new option: the Perkins Certification in Practical Ministry, beginning in January 2022. “This certification is designed to equip students with practical knowledge and tools to empower them in their life-long spiritual journey and ministry,” said the Rev. Heather Gottas Moore, assistant director of lifelong learning and coordinator of the program. “It’s a great way for lay and clergy people to expand [...]

2021-10-05T14:39:21+00:00 October 4, 2021|

Bridwell Reopens

Newly Renovated Library is Open for Business After two years of closure due to renovations and COVID-19, Bridwell Library re-opened on August 18. “We’re back and we’re better than ever!” said Anthony J. Elia, Director and J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian. A new welcome desk greets arriving visitors in an open and inviting space. Renovations have made the building’s entryway and bathrooms more accessible. Newly refreshed spaces for quiet study await in the Red Room (home to the library’s [...]

2021-10-05T14:39:28+00:00 October 4, 2021|

Alum Profile: Samira Izadi Page

As stories in the news reported refugees streaming out of Afghanistan, most of us watched and prayed for their safety. The Rev. Dr. Samira Izadi Page sprang into action. Just days after the U.S. exited Afghanistan, she helped settle 20 Afghan refugees in North Texas and expects more to arrive soon. Page (M.Div. '10, D.Min. '16) has been ministering to refugees arriving in North Texas for almost two decades, as executive director and founder of Gateway of Grace, a [...]

2021-10-05T14:39:39+00:00 October 4, 2021|

Student Spotlight: Mara Bim

Mara Bim’s path to Perkins began at an NRA prayer breakfast.  And yes, there’s a story behind that. Bim attended the breakfast for research in her role as artistic director of Cry Havoc Theater Company, the Dallas youth theater troupe she founded in 2014. “We create original plays, and frequently ones on issues of social justice,” she said. Research often consists of conducting interviews with people with direct experience on each topic. In preparing to write a play about [...]

2021-10-05T14:39:47+00:00 October 4, 2021|

Faculty Updates: October 2021

Ted Campbell to Lecture at Bob Monk Event Ted Campbell Dr. Ted A. Campbell will be the featured lecturer at a special homecoming event honoring Dr. Robert “Bob” Monk at McMurry University on Friday, October 15 at 1 p.m. Campbell will lecture on “The Methodist Who Uttered the Dreaded ‘C’ Word.” "The title is a nod to Monk’s scholarly work examining Calvinist influences in Methodism,” said Campbell, who is Albert C. Outler Professor of Wesley Studies and [...]

2021-10-05T14:39:58+00:00 October 4, 2021|

Alumni/ae Updates: October 2021

Haircuts for Kids How can a church help send students back to school on the right foot? At Journey of Faith United Methodist Church in Humble, Texas, it started with a great haircut. On Sundays last month, the church turned into a barber shop offering children in the community haircuts free of charge. The smiling faces that accompany each new haircut are well worth the effort, according to the Rev. Stephen Goldsmith (M.Div. '17), the church’s pastor.  Read the [...]

2021-10-05T14:40:08+00:00 October 4, 2021|
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