Registration is now open for the Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning – formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 26–28 on the SMU campus. With the theme “Boundless Learning, Bountiful Living,” the program offers multiple course options and is open to laity as well as clergy.
Headlining the event is “What’s Ahead for the UMC?” The half-day course will be taught by Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry, Duke Divinity School, on on Thursday, March 26. The course will explore how The United Methodist Church arrived at the present moment, what factors led to the 2019 special called General Conference and its aftermath, and what may happen in the upcoming General Conference.
All-day courses on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 will include these by Perkins faculty:
“How to Read the Bible According to the Early Church Fathers” by James Kang Hoon Lee, associate professor of the history of early Christianity and director, Doctor of Ministry Program
“Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World” by D. Stephen Long, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics
“The Emperor’s New Clothes: How Mark’s Ironic Passion Story Reveals God’s Reign,” by O. Wesley Allen, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics
“How Do We Solve a Problem Like…Mary?” taught by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, professor of pastoral care and pastoral theology
Online registration closes on March 19.