September 2021

Letter from the Dean: Sermon from the Feast of Beginnings

In his sermon at the Feast of Beginnings, the first worship service of the 2021-2022 school year, on August 25, Dean Craig Hill focused on the polarized atmosphere in the U.S. today. Surveys show that liberals and conservatives are increasingly segregating themselves. The division of opinion and narrowing of discourse fosters the development of extreme ideologies that demonize others and so justify violence, he noted. When our differences are magnified, that creates a climate in which those who see [...]

2021-10-05T16:03:32+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Office of Enrollment Management: September 2021 Update

Times are Changing in the Realm of New Student Recruitment By The Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Demanding, testing, taxing, strenuous, exciting, stimulating, inspiring.  All these words describe the unprecedented pandemic recruitment cycle of 2021. When face-to-face meetings ended abruptly in the spring of 2020, virtual forums became our friend and tutor. We were learning as we went. And our recruitment efforts proved to be strong even in the face of the “Zoom fatigue” that [...]

2021-09-01T18:58:03+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Office of Development Update: September 2021

Students have finally arrived back on campus for the 2021-22 school year.  New students are getting acclimated, returning students are renewing friendships, and all are gearing up for a challenging and enriching semester of learning. As we encounter a continually changing world, we want to attract and train the “best and the brightest” as leaders, because the Church and the world need those people to be prepared and unleashed into ministry. Dean Hill has repeatedly stated that Perkins’ biggest [...]

2021-09-01T18:58:13+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Back in Class

Students return to in-person classes in Dallas; H-G students return to hybrid format. As they have every fall for more than 100 years – except in 2020 – students are returning to campus for classes at Perkins School of Theology. In Dallas, orientation for new students took place on August 20, and classes began meeting in person on August 23. Face-to-face classes for the Houston-Galveston (H-G) program are meeting this week, beginning August 30, for the first in-person portion [...]

2021-09-01T18:58:44+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Ministry Dallas

They talked about race and racial injustice. They helped pull weeds. And they pitched in at a vaccination drive to ensure that residents in a low-income area of Dallas received the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s how the Fall 2021 semester began for 19 members of the Perkins community –  11 students and 8 faculty and staff — who participated in Ministry Dallas, a program that gives participants a hands-on experience with local ministries. This year’s program visited five different outreach [...]

2021-09-01T18:58:56+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Bridwell Reopens

Library now open after closing for two years for renovations.  The Bridwell Library is open again!  The library reopened in August after it was closed for two years for renovations. Among the new features: A new entry desk welcomes students and visitors. New collaborative workspaces as well as nooks and crannies for individual study. The Blue Room, with Wesleyan and Methodist reference materials.   Having spent many hours in the Bridwell Library – and expecting to spend many more – [...]

2021-09-01T18:59:05+00:00 September 1, 2021|

New Titles and Responsibilities

Fifteen Perkins faculty and staff have new or expanded roles and titles. Over the summer months, 15 Perkins staff and faculty members were assigned new titles with expanded or additional responsibilities. Please note these and welcome individuals into their new or expanded roles.  Dr. Chuck Aaron – Director of the Intern Program After serving as co-director with Isabel Docampo, Aaron now assumes full directorship of the Perkins Intern Program. Dr. Stephen Bagby – Director, Admission Operations  Bagby has taken [...]

2021-09-01T18:59:16+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Expanded Outreach: Perkins School of Youth Ministry

Virtual options allow Perkins School of Youth Ministry to serve a broader audience Most of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been negative. But for the Perkins School of Youth Ministry (PSYM), a few silver linings have emerged. Thanks to the growing acceptance and availability of virtual options, the program’s Foundations training is reaching more youth leaders in a wider geographic area.  In May, the California-Pacific (Cal-Pac) Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church contracted Perkins to provide [...]

2021-09-01T18:59:23+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Perkins Invites Nominations for 2021 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for its 2021 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The deadline to submit is Thursday, Sept. 30. The award, presented annually, recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support for the goals of Perkins and SMU, distinguished service to the community, and exemplary character. The 2021 recipient will be honored at an awards banquet during the 2021 Fall Convocation at Perkins. To nominate [...]

2021-09-01T18:59:45+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Perkins Fall Convocation

An amazing lineup awaits attendees at the Perkins Fall Convocation, November 15-16, 2021. With the theme, Speak Up! Stories for a New Day, the hybrid event features storytelling, music, dance, worship, conversation, top-notch resources and riveting speakers.  Attend virtually or in-person at Highland Park United Methodist Church.  Speakers include: Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School; Lillian Daniel, pastor and author of When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough; and Patrick B Reyes, Chicano educator, administrator and institutional strategist. [...]

2021-09-01T18:59:56+00:00 September 1, 2021|
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