June 2020 News

Faculty Update

Ruben Habito in D Magazine

Ruben Habito, Professor of World Religions and Spirituality, was featured in a story in D Magazine, “What Faith Looks Like Now: A Conversation About Meditation with SMU’s Ruben Habito.” Read the story and see Habito’s video meditation here.

Pope-Levison Prayer

Priscilla Pope-Levison, Associate Dean for External Programs and Professor of Ministerial Studies, wrote a brief meditation for the National Council of Churches daily prayer website on May 20. Titled Deep, Deep Disorientation, the meditation focused on Psalms 69:1-2. “Our world is currently in deep, deep disorientation with COVID-19 as we face debt, abuse, unemployment, slander, harassment, violence, even death,” she wrote. “No one is alone in this regard. We’re all crying out to God for help and deliverance, for salvation and rescue, for steadfast love and mercy.”


Cliff Festival at Home

Perkins faculty members Billy Abraham and Evelyn Parker were featured speakers for the Cliff Festival at Home event, which took place at the end of May, hosted by Cliff College in the U.K.

Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, was part of three online panel discussions now available on YouTube:

Wesley’s theology as a treasure for intellectual confidence; the Gospel and the treasure of the Kingdom; and Wesley’s sermons as a treasure for spiritual direction. Parker, Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology, delivered a message for the Sunday Celebration about pushing church members beyond their comfort zones, also viewable on YouTube.

She also taught three seminars: #MeToo Tweets the Pastor: Preventing and Intervening in Teen Dating Violence; #MeToo Tweets the Friends of Billie Eilish; #MeToo Tweets Her Parents: Preventing and Intervening in Teen Dating Violence; all are available for viewing here.


U.K. Library Joins UM History Class

Ted Campbell’s United Methodist History course this summer will incorporate a special webinar for its June 2 class meeting, held online via Zoom. Titled “Through a glass darkly: A digital exploration of an 18th-century revival network,” the webinar is sponsored by the John Rylands Library in Manchester, U.K. The webinar will feature a presentation by Dr. Gareth Lloyd of the John Rylands Library on how digitized primary sources can be used to investigate a grassroots revival network and provide new insights into early Methodist history.

The webinar will begin an hour into Campbell’s class session, with the international scholars joining the Zoom session at 5:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time, 11:30 p.m. British Time.

“They’ll be trying to stay awake,” Campbell said. “I’ve told my students that they better have some really interesting questions.”

The John Rylands Library is one of the premier research libraries and archival collections in the world. It includes the archives of the British Methodist Church, including more than 600 manuscript letters of John Wesley, far more than any other collection. The presentation will give students insights into mining digitized primary historical resources for short research papers for the course.

See this link on the website of the John Rylands Library: