Perspective 2022-01-04T14:53:46+00:00

Letter from the Dean

In this video, Dean Craig Hill of Perkins School of Theology looks at the importance of acquiring knowledge of history, language and context as part of an excellent theological education. Part 1 of a 4-part series.

Alumni/ae Updates: January 2022

Katie Pryor Joins UMW Katie Pryor (M.Div. '19) recently started a new position as Executive for Membership Nurture and Development for United Methodist Women (UMW). UMW’s mission is “turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.” Previously, Pryor was Director of Neighborhood Outreach at Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space in Dallas. Chaplain Awarded Medal Chaplain Ailsa Harl (M.Div. '17) was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her [...]

January 4, 2022|

Letter from the Dean: “For such a time as this”

When Mordecai encouraged his daughter, Esther, as she faced a critical and frightening situation, he wondered if God had brought her to that unique moment “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) The phrase is widely quoted. The time in question was troubled, but God had already provided the means to meet the day’s challenge. I feel strongly that Perkins is similarly called “for such a time as this.” Our institution is a vital means by which God is [...]

December 1, 2021|

Office of Enrollment Management: Why Perkins Now?

By Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. These current times appear to be opportunities to tell our stories well and to strive to reach deep into the places where our story connects with individuals called to ministry who are worshiping, serving, and searching for schools of theology. Perkins is a place where individuals are provided the freedom to stretch, learn, and grow in the school’s sacred spaces: the classroom, community events, worship, and study groups. The reason this story is so important [...]

December 1, 2021|

Development Update: Year-End Reflections

The End of a Remarkable Year! 2021 has been remarkable in many ways at SMU.  We rebounded from the COVID-19 shutdown.  Students were glad to be back on campus.  The University announced the public phase of our next capital campaign, SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow.  Already, over the last four “silent years” of the campaign, more than 42% has been raised of the projected $1.5 billion campaign goal.  That includes $20.7 million raised by Perkins, 35% of the total we [...]

December 1, 2021|

Advent Worship Service

Members of the Perkins School of Theology community will gather 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. “This year’s service will offer an opportunity for participants to reflect on the Advent season amid the ongoing pandemic, and will therefore be of a somewhat somber nature,” said Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Assistant Professor of Church [...]

December 1, 2021|

Curriculum Review

Taking a Close Look at the Furniture: The Future of Theological Education and Its Curriculum by Rebekah Miles, Chair of the Perkins’ Curricular Review Committee Dan Aleshire, retired director of the Association of Theological Schools, often draws on the image of furniture to describe current transformations in theological education. “In a time when so much has changed and continues to change... what should be the future of theological education? Some people want to get rid of all the furniture and [...]

December 1, 2021|
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