I will be stepping down as Dean of Perkins School of Theology on Dec. 31, 2022. The time is not yet for concluding reflections, nor final words of thanks and farewell. Those can wait. I would like to say just a few things now, however, as we begin this new academic year and my valedictory semester as Dean. I am [...]
In May 2021, Perkins School of Theology announced the appointment of two new holders of two endowed chairs: Dr. Rebekah Miles as the Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Ethics and Dr. Ted Campbell as the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies. Both appointments began on June 1, 2021, but the formal installation of the two chairs will take place at a special ceremony on Monday, September 26, at Perkins. Not only do the two chairs involve [...]
Fourteen members of the Perkins community enjoyed an extraordinary journey to the places in England where Methodism first began, as part of the Perkins UK-Wesley Immersion, July 20 – August 1. The group retraced the steps of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, visiting the places where he studied, preached and ministered. Ten Perkins students from the Dallas and Houston-Galveston programs were in the group, as well as four faculty, staff and friends of Perkins. “Visiting Oxford, I got to sit in [...]
Eating is more than a physical need. Food plays a central role in daily human existence as well as the life of faith communities. Communion, one of the most sacred rituals of the Christian faith, recalls the last meal that Jesus shared with His disciples. “Food and Faith” will be the focus of this year’s Fall Convocation, Nov. 14-15, at the Perkins Chapel and Hughes Trigg Ballroom at SMU. Registration is now open at https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/Perkins-Fall-Convocation-2022 Guest speakers will include Aarti [...]
Perkins’ Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is gearing up for a busy fall, with two on-campus recruiting events, featuring faculty members Roy Heller and Ted Campbell, as well as travel to a variety of off-campus gatherings. “The best news is that graduate fairs and colleges and universities are resuming their face-to-face recruitment opportunities,” said the Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management. “Our Ministry Discernment Associates, Caleb Palmer and Emilie Williams, are thrilled to be participating in these [...]
Each year, Perkins School of Theology recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support and involvement in the goals of Perkins School of Theology and SMU, distinguished service in the wider community and exemplary character. The nomination deadline has been extended for the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award to Sept. 30, 2022. Details are available here.
From a young age, two interests have captured the imagination of Fernando Berwig Silva: faith and music. When he decided to pursue a Master of Sacred Music (MSM), Perkins was a clear choice. “The program really is set at the intersection music and theology,” he said. “We go between Perkins and Meadows. We have the best of two great worlds.” Berwig Silva starts his second year in the program this fall, with a focus on composition and arranging. Berwig Silva [...]