June 2020 News

Summer Online Learning

Summer is a great time for expanding knowledge and sharpening skills. Three Perkins departments – Alumni, Admissions and the Office of External Programs – are teaming up to offer a wide range of summer opportunities for lifelong learning.

Four continuing education webinars and three informal “Monday Musings” will be offered beginning in June, with tentative plans underway to add more later in the summer. Alumni, current and prospective students, and anyone with an interest are all invited to participate via the OEP Facebook page here.

Perkins Summer Webinar Series

Thursdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

These webinars will give lifelong learners a variety of choices for continuing education and to earn CEUs. Cost is $15 per class; participants may register for one or more classes.

The Office of External Programs will also follow the webinars to gauge interest in the subject areas for later development of additional courses and possibly certificate programs.

“As members of the extended Perkins community are transitioning back into the in-person jobs, we’re hoping these webinars will fit their schedules and needs,” said Heather L. Gottas Moore, Program Coordinator for Perkins’ Office of External Programs.

CEUs are available (.10 per webinar) at $15 per person. CEUs will be awarded at the end of the series in September. For more information and to register for one or more webinars, visit

Webinar Schedule:

UM Studies:
“A Day in the Life of John Wesley: April 2, 1739” with Ted A. Campbell
June 4, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Interfaith Conversations:
“Social Responsibility of Faith Communities: Abrahamic Traditions” with Nancy Kasten and Azhar Azeez
June 11, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT

“Reframing the E-Word” with Priscilla Pope-Levison
June 18, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Disability Theology and Ministry:
“Welcoming Difference: An Introduction to Disability Theology and Ministry” with Justin Forbes
June 25, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT


The Perkins School of Youth Ministry will also offer a webinar, “Restarting Youth Ministry with Renewed Purpose,” with Shanterra McBride on Thursday, June 4, from 12:30 to 1:40 p.m. CT. Space is limited. Register at

Monday Musings: Ask a Prof
Mondays at 8 p.m., June 15 – July 27

What have you always wanted to ask a theology professor but didn’t have the chance? Join these informal, fun conversations and ask your questions about each discussion topic in a relaxed setting. These events will be live streamed via Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Free.

  • June 15: Digital Church Issues with Robert Hunt and Marcell Silva Steuernagel
  • June 22: Sports and Spirituality – Mark Stamm and (tentative) Hugo Magallanes
  • June 29: Cinema and Religion – Jim Lee and Bart Patton