April 2022 News Perspective Online

Faculty News: April 2022

Day1 Sermon on May 22

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins Professor of New Testament, recently recorded a sermon, “Achieving is Receiving,” at WRR-FM for the May 22 broadcast of Day1. Day1 is the voice of the historic Protestant churches, presenting outstanding preachers from mainline denominations, including the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), American Baptist Churches, and others.  Day1 began broadcasting in 1945 as “The Protestant Hour” and has been on the air every week since, currently on more than 200 stations. Day1 is a ministry of The Alliance for Christian Media, an ecumenical nonprofit media ministry based in Atlanta, Georgia. Clark-Soles also is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins. As an ordained American Baptist minister, she has served in both parish and hospice settings.

Clark-Soles is Conference Plenary Speaker

Clark-Soles also will serve as a plenary speaker for the “Celebrating Ministering Women: Radical. Redeemed. Ready.” conference, meeting June 15-18 in Green Lake, Wis.  The conference is hosted by American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM), a ministry of the Office of General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. ABCUSA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico.  The conference celebrates women ministerial leaders, marking the 40th Anniversary of the Women in Ministry Project, now known as American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM), which was fully launched in June 1982.  The program is open to all. Registration information is available here:

February “Of the Month” Recipients  

SMU’s Housing Unification Board has recognized Jack Levison and Priscilla Pope-Levison as February’s “Of the Month” award recipients, recognizing their outstanding contributions to SMU residence halls. As Faculty-in-Residence for Boaz Commons, Jack and Priscilla contribute to academic life and culture on campus, living in Boaz Commons and forming connections with the student-residents. Faculty-in-Residence also help bridge the classroom experience by hosting regular conversations over a meal with students, inviting and hosting guest speakers and community events and trips to significant landmarks in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.

In nominating the couple, a Boaz resident wrote, “Jack and Priscilla have already tackled the looming issue of most FIRs in their position — learning how to be accessible to us students. They continuously provide inclusive and fun events in Boaz [known as “Boaz Breaks”] to boost resident morale and, of course, offer delicious treats baked in the warmth of their own home… Together they are a beating heart within Boaz that, without them, wouldn’t be what it is today.”

Mark Stamm Writes Upper Room Reflections

Dr. Mark W. Stamm, Professor of Christian Worship, is the writer for the April 4-10 entries in The Upper Room Disciplines 2022.  His lectionary-based reflections, in dialogue with the Revised Common Lectionary readings for Palm/Passion Sunday on April 10, appear on pp. 120-127, under the title “The Shape of Discipleship.” Disciplines is published by the Upper Room and has readers — lay and clergy — across a relatively broad ecumenical spectrum.

“I always appreciate the invitation to write for them, and when I do, I often hear from persons across that spectrum,” Stamm said.