Perspective Magazine Summer 2019

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The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness for Troubled Times

September 20–21, 2019

The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions of Perkins School of Theology will host a two-day event that will gather Latinx scholars, artists, religious leaders and community activists to explore how academic research, religious practices, the arts and public engagement address the current social climate of Latino/a-phobia, gendered and race-based public policy. Daisy Machado, Union Theology Seminary of NYC; Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University; and Fernando Segovia, Vanderbilt Divinity School, are featured keynote speakers. Arts of the spoken word, visual and musical, as well as interdisciplinary panel discussions, will all be a part of this rich, expressive event. For more information, contact Isabel Docampo at


The Third Annual ArkLaTex Lecture

October 7, 2019

The lecture is cosponsored by The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence and Williams Memorial United Methodist Church of Texarkana, Texas. This year’s speaker, the Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, one of the most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics in North America, is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He lectures and preaches widely in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is a past recipient of the United Church of Canada’s Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship and a past president of the Academy of Homiletics.

For more information, contact the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at


Perkins Fall Convocation

November 11-12, 2019

Come to this two-day event featuring three keynote speakers: author and TV host Rick Steves; Founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace, Samira Izadi Page; and President and Founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, Celestin Musekura. The speakers will be joined by additional workshop leaders and panelists focusing on mission. To receive email updates about this event, please visit and click on “Fall Convocation for Church Leaders” after completing the registration form.


2019 Annual Advent Worship Service

December 5, 2019

An Advent Service will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 4 and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Boulevard, on the Southern Methodist University campus. The event is free and open to the public.


United Methodist Studies Certification Hybrid Course

January 2-4, 2020
This hybrid course is geared for a wide audience — confirmation class leaders, new and longtime United Methodist church member and United Methodist certification students. Perkins faculty will cover the basics of United Methodist History and Theology. Request email updates at


United Methodist Children’s Ministry and Christian Education Certification Program

January 5-10, 2020

This program is open to laity and church professionals seeking United Methodist Certification in Christian Education and/or Children’s Ministry through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). Request email updates at


United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Certification Program

January 5-10, 2020

Certification applications opened August 1. Early Registration for PSYM and Certification will open August 22. For information, visit


Perkins School of Youth Ministry

January 6-9, 2020

Since 1988 Perkins has coordinated training programs exclusively designed to resource those in the church whose ministries focus on youth and young adults. Join us at PSYM 2020. Visit for more information.


Perkins Theological School for the Laity

March 26-28, 2020

Join us for three days of study focusing on the Bible, theology and spirituality with Perkins faculty and guest speakers. Request email updates at


2020 General Conference

May 5-15, 2020

The 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., and members of the Perkins community will attend. Please stay tuned for more information.


2020 Commencement and Conferral of Degrees

May 16, 2020

Perkins School of Theology will honor graduating seniors during the University-wide Commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Moody Coliseum. Following Commencement, Perkins will hold its annual Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements at 2 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church.


South Central Jurisdictional Conference

July 15-18, 2020

Perkins faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends will gather in The Woodlands, Texas, for the 2020 South Central Jurisdictional Conference. More information will become available soon.