September 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|

Barton Lecture

Registration is now open for the 2021 Roy D. Barton Lecture, which takes place Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Perkins School of Theology, SMU.  The featured speaker, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, will share “Tales from the Edge of the Inside.”  The hybrid event offers the opportunity to attend virtually or in person at Prothro Hall on the campus of SMU in Dallas.  The program begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 [...]

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Student Spotlight: Tripp Gulledge

For most of his life, Robert “Tripp” Gulledge didn’t plan to enter the ministry or to study theology. But now that he’s here, as a second year M. Div. student at Perkins, he’s confident he’s on the right path. “My father is a United Methodist pastor, and we share the same name,” he said. “I grew up hearing, ‘You’re going to be just like your dad.’ People thought that was a compliment. I always enjoyed my time in church, [...]

2021-09-01T19:01:39+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Community Conversations

Robert Hunt and Marcell Silva-Steuernagel launched the first Community Conversations series on July 29 with an online dialogue about the importance of digital ministry. Viewers learned ways of integrating technology into their spiritual work. Other topics included the new theological ideas that have sprung from a technological approach, the human concerns that arise when tech and spiritual matters intersect, and the way the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we view the use of technology. Watch the program online here.

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News From Our Partners

Youth and young adults in United Methodist churches in Texas and New Mexico will gain new support from their churches to follow their calls to serve Christ thanks to a Texas Methodist Foundation grant to the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship’s Timothy Circle. The grant application was made in partnership with Perkins School of Theology. Read the press release here.  

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Student News

Jessica Spillers Wins History Writing Award Congratulations to Perkins student Jessica Spillers, recipient of the 2021 Women in United Methodist History Writing Award. Spillers’ paper examines how Methodism appealed to women by aligning head and heart. For her research, she reviewed the letters written in the eighteenth century to Charles Wesley by young converts, particularly the ones written by female converts.  A mother of three, Spillers and her family are members of The Woodlands United Methodist Church. She worked as [...]

2021-09-01T19:02:05+00:00 September 1, 2021|

Faculty Updates

Pope-Levison Featured at Women’s Conference Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, associate dean for external programs at Perkins, was a keynote speaker for the 11th annual conference of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR), held August 6-8 online and at Nazarene Theological School in Thornlands, Australia. The three keynote lectures at the conference focused on the emergence of the global Wesleyan deaconess movement in the late nineteenth century, particularly with regard to issues of gender, power and church authority. ACWR is [...]

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Staff News

New Staff Person Welcome to Jeanette Cordova, new administrative assistant for Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony HQ grant-funded initiative.           Obit: Phyllis Johnson Phyllis Johnson, former administrative assistant at Perkins, died June 27 at the age of 92.  A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Dallas, where she was a member, in October. Her obituary noted that Johnson, who retired at age 73, “truly enjoyed her career at SMU [...]

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Alumni/ae News

Perkins Grad Launches Brewery Betsy Lay (M.T.S. '09) was featured in a news story on CBS Saturday about Lady Justice, an all-female owned brewery in Colorado, which “aims to turn great beer into a better world.” Only 7.5% of brewers in the U.S. are women, and just 2% of breweries in the country are all-female-owned, according to the report. The three women who founded the brewery met while serving in AmeriCorps. Watch the news story here. Lay was also [...]

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