Course of Study School

July 8-Aug. 17, 2018

Perkins Regional Course of Study School is a program of The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church in partnership with and administered by Perkins School of Theology. It provides a basic theological education, as prescribed by the United Methodist Book of Discipline (par. 1421.3d), to licensed local pastors. It also provides Advanced Course of Study. For more information, visit


Certification in Spiritual Direction Application Deadline

Aug. 1, 2018

The Perkins Certification in Spiritual Direction Program is devoted to training participants to serve as mentors in the Christian way of life. This three-year, noncredit adult and continuing education training program is held during weekend sessions in the months of April, August and December. For more information, call 214-768-3664 or visit


Houston Lay School of Theology

Aug. 25, 2018

A daylong seminar at St. Paul’s UMC, “Keeping Faith in a Multifaith Society,” will feature an excellent cadre of multifaith speakers, including Robert Hunt of Perkins, Rev. Gregory Han of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston and local representatives from four different religions. Learn together with multifaith neighbors how to build healthy relations across religious boundaries while maintaining your own religious identity and faith. Request email updates for this program at


An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Oct. 15, 2018

The ABC’s of Theology and Criminal Justice Reform on the Lives of School Children of Color. Theology shapes the ethical practices of its religious institutions working for cultural, economic and social change for the common good. Criminal Justice Reform shapes how our society’s institutions uphold the protections to all of its citizens promised in the U.S. Constitution. How do theology and criminal justice reform influence the systemic conditions that set a path from school to prison for many children of color today? Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions/Perkins School of Theology-SMU. For more information, contact Isabel Docampo at


The Second Annual ArkLaTex Lecture

Oct. 22, 2018

The lecture is cosponsored by The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence and Williams Memorial United Methodist Church of Texarkana, Tex. This year’s speaker is renowned preacher and author Rev. Frank A. Thomas.

Rev. Thomas currently serves as the director of the Ph.D. Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana. He authored the classic preaching book They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration In Preaching. For more information, please contact the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at


Perkins Fall Convocation: “JustWorship”

Nov. 12-13, 2018

Come to this two-day event featuring author, speaker, activist and public theologian Brian McLaren along with Sandra Maria Van Opstal. A second-generation Latina, Van Opstal is a liturgist and activist dedicated to re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice. The two keynoter speakers will be joined by additional workshop leaders, panelists and musicians addressing the intersection of worship and justice. To receive email updates about this event, please visit and click on “Fall Convocation for Church Leaders” after completing the registration form.


2018 Annual Advent Worship Service

Dec. 6, 2018

An Advent Service will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 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
Hybrid Course

Jan. 3-5, 2019

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


United Methodist Children’s Ministry and Christian Education Certification Program

Jan. 5-11, 2019

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


Perkins School of Youth Ministry

Jan. 7-10, 2019

Youth ministry has a rhythm. Find yours at PSYM 2019. Visit for more information.


United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Certification Program

Jan. 6-11, 2019

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


The Bolin Family 2019 Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon

Feb. 8, 2019

Featured guest Judy Woodruff, anchor of PBS NewsHour, will be interviewed by Peggy Wehmeyer, former national news religion reporter for ABC’s World News Tonight. For table sponsorship, information and registration contact, John Martin at or 214-768-2026.


Houston Lay School of Theology

Feb. 16, 2019

“Praying with the Desert Fathers and Mothers,” a day-long course, will be taught by Tamara Lewis, assistant professor of the history of Christianity, Perkins School of Theology. Request email updates for this program at


Perkins Theological School for the Laity

March 28-30, 2019

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


2019 Commencement and Conferral of Degrees

May 18, 2019

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.

Perkins Fall Convocation

Save the Date: Nov. 12-13, 2018

The next Fall Convocation, focused on the theme of creative worship, will feature Brian McLaren, an internationally known author, speaker and public theologian; and Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a liturgist and advocate of worship forms that promote reconciliation and social justice.

For email updates about the 2018 Convocation, visit and check “2018 Fall Convocation for Church Leaders” after completing the registration form. (While there, check out the many other informative Perkins email lists for which you can sign up.)