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Letter from the Dean – November 2021

“The internship was life changing for me.” That sentiment, expressed by Perkins graduate Matt Gaston in this issue’s feature story about our Internship Program, brings vividly to mind my own internship experience. I worked in churches part-time throughout college and then – as “field education” – during my first two years of graduate school. The seminary I attended did not [...]

Advent Worship Service

Members of the Perkins School of Theology community will gather in person for Advent Worship on Thursday, December 2 at 6 p.m. in Perkins Chapel on the campus of SMU. Titled “Corde Natus Ex Parentis: An Advent Evensong,” the annual service will take place in person. Organizers hope to also offer the service online via livestream, pending several logistical issues. “This year’s service will offer an opportunity for participants to reflect on the Advent season amid the ongoing pandemic, and [...]

November 2, 2021|

Alum Profile: Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry

Recently named an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago, Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry (M. Div., 2014) teaches historical theology and focuses on early modern theologies, colonialism and Indigenous traditions of Mesoamerica. Sánchez-Perry says that Perkins courses in church history taught by Bruce Marshall and Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, along with his own Mexican heritage, awakened his interest in the “edges” of Christian orthodoxy, and how Christians have interacted with indigenous and Native peoples of the Americas. “In those courses, I learned about the centers [...]

November 2, 2021|

Student Spotlight: Melissa Garza

A dedicated Mustang, Perkins was a homecoming for Melissa Garza As a devoted and enthusiastic SMU alum, Melissa Garza has returned to campus for all but four Homecoming weekends in the past 27 years. She even co-chaired the 25th reunion for her undergraduate class. When she decided to pursue a seminary education a few years ago, coming home to SMU as a Perkins student made perfect sense. “SMU was instrumental in making me who I am,” she said. “I found [...]

November 2, 2021|

Faculty Update: November 2021

Ted Campbell Lecture at Bob Monk Event Dr. Ted A. Campbell was the featured lecturer at a special homecoming event honoring Dr. Robert “Bob” Monk at McMurry University on October 15. Campbell lectured on “The Methodist Who Uttered the Dreaded ‘C’ Word,” a nod to Monk’s scholarly work examining Calvinist influences in Methodism. Monk served on the faculty at McMurry as Professor of Religion for 31 years, retiring in 1995.

November 2, 2021|

Alumni/ae Updates: November 2021

Leslie Stewart Named to New Post The Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, has called the Rev. Leslie Stewart (M.Div. ’14) to serve as missioner for congregational vitality-new communities for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Stewart most recently served as church planter and then as vicar of Resurrection Church in Plano, Texas since 2016. She will begin her new position November 1. “Stewart’s firsthand passion and compassion for the innovative work of the church will be a gift [...]

November 2, 2021|

Letter from Dean Craig Hill – October 2021

I am not surprised that there are disagreements in the church. That has always been the case. What both surprises and dismays me is the manner in which so many disagree­ments are conducted. In the sermon published last month’s Perspective, I contrasted the misleading—even blatantly dishonest̶—tactics common to today’s political rhetoric with the example of Jesus. Most disturbing is the extent to which those same strategies have come to dominate discourse within American Protestantism broadly and within my own denomination, [...]

October 4, 2021|
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