Read Perkins Dean Craig C. Hill's sermon, "What's Love Got to Do With It?," preached Aug. 28 at the annual Feast of Beginnings--the first worship service of the 2019-20 academic year, which welcomed new and returning students and recognized new faculty, staff and student leaders. Read full sermon below or as a PDF here. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Feast of Beginnings - August 2019 Texts: Proverbs 27:17; 1 John 4:19-21; Luke 6:27-28, 32-38 The past six months or [...]
2019 Perkins Orientation at the SMU Dallas campus. Photo by B. Anderson.
Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management And Now You Can Breathe… These were opening words to welcome our incoming students during both the Houston-Galveston and Dallas campus orientations in August. Thirty-two new students in Houston-Galveston Hybrid Extension Program, and 62 at the Dallas location (not including the 14 new students in the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pastoral Music programs) all took pleasure in fellowship, worship, meals and mingling with current students, staff [...]
An incoming student recently wrote: Visiting Perkins was a confirmation of my next step in my calling journey. I met current students who are living their commitment to their call to ministry as servant leaders in their communities of worship…I am excited to join this community as I figure out what it means for me to answer the call to ministry as a Latina professional…I can't wait to start this journey--even if that means lots of reading, less sleep [...]
Perkins students, faculty and staff gather with staff of Union Coffee on second day of Ministry Dallas. Photo by B. Anderson.
They helped clients “shop” for groceries at a food pantry. They imagined new ways to do ministry in a coffee shop. And they listened as undocumented women shared how they had fled their homes in Mexico to escape threats of gang violence. That’s how the Fall 2019 semester began for 17 members of the Perkins community – six staff, eight students and three faculty — in Ministry Dallas, a program that gave participants a hands-on experience with three different [...]
The book of Acts calls on believers to witness “to the ends of the earth.” With a new digital platform, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (SMU) aims to go even further: bringing that witness to and from the ends of the earth. The Global Theological Education Virtual Visiting Professor project is helping to create a fully accessible and continually growing library of short classes coming from scholars world-wide and available around the globe. “It’s creating resources [...]
Jonathan L. Allen (M.T.S. ’16) has moved quickly from one challenge to the next. After graduating from Perkins in 2016, he went to law school at Boston University, and graduated in May. Allen was selected out of nearly 8,000 graduates from Boston University to share his faith perspective through a “This I Believe” address given at Marsh Chapel during the Interdenominational Commencement Service on May 12. Watch the address here. Photo courtesy of J. Allen. Allen is [...]
The Perkins community mourned the loss this summer of Schubert Ogden, who died June 6 at age 91 in Louisville, Colo. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the home Schubert and his wife, Joyce, built together in Rollinsville, Colo. The informal service included a scattering of the ashes. In a message to friends at Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Schubert’s son, Andy Ogden, wrote: "We give thanks that his last days and [...]
As a Professor of Old Testament, Susanne Scholz has devoted her professional life to the study of texts that are ancient -- but far from irrelevant. Many Christians look to them for insights on contemporary issues like abortion and the Israel/Palestine conflict – and often, without a deep understanding of history, politics and social location, all profoundly shaping the interpretation of the Bible. That’s the uphill battle that Scholz has accepted as her professional challenge, and she’s very passionate [...]
While researching a paper on United Methodist history, Rosedanny Ortiz discovered that the denomination’s first church building in her home country of Puerto Rico is in Guayama City. That’s the church where her parents and grandparents were married, where she was married, and most meaningfully to her, the place where she first felt the call to ministry. “I was about 5 and attending Vacation Bible School there,” she said. “I saw the pastor in the pulpit and thought, ‘I [...]
Over the summer, Dr. Ángel J. Gallardo joined the faculty and staff as Associate Director of the Intern Program of Perkins. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU in 2018, served as a teaching assistant at Perkins, and has taught several classes in the Regional Course of Study School. He looks forward to using his knowledge of the Christian tradition to help students integrate their studies and experience with the practical [...]