Perspective Online, Perkins School of Theology SMU
Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our new monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community! 
February’s called General Conference is on the minds of many of us in the Perkins community; Dean Craig Hill offers his reflections in this issue. Plus, plans for a second cohort of Spanish-language Th.M. students beginning this fall, the recipient of the Seals Laity Award, a report from Judy Woodruff’s remarks at the Bolin Luncheon, faculty and student profiles, alumni/ae news and much more.

We hope you’ll enjoy. Let us know if you have news you’d like to share. 
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A Message from Dean Hill

Following February’s called United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis – and the contentiousness and uncertainty accompanying it – Dean Craig Hill writes that “change is the only constant” in church history, yet some things never change, including Perkins’ abiding commitment to serve the whole church, whatever its institutional forms. Read his message here.

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SMU Giving Day

SMU Giving Day
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5, is SMU Giving Day.  Perkins School of Theology has two special projects listed. Will you join Perkins faculty, staff, and students in giving?  They are supporting either the SMU Fund for Perkins, an important discretionary fund that Dean Hill can use for urgent projects, or Perkins Scholarships, which help students achieve their goals.
Spanish-language Th.M.

Th.M. Continues

Perkins continues its one-of-a-kind Spanish-language Th.M. Degree Program with a second cohort in 2019.

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2019 Seals Award

2019 Seals Award

John M. Esquivel was named recipient of the 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award, honoring a U.S. layperson for service to Christ in the church, community and world.

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Hannah Cruse

Student Spotlight

For Hannah Cruse, Perkins’ Master of Sacred Music degree offers the right blend of theology and music

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Faculty News

Faculty Update

Wes Allen faced a packed house in Casper, Wyoming, where attendees turned up for instruction in how to become better preachers.

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Judy Woodruff

Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon

Faith “informs who I am and my work,” said PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, speaking at the Bolin Family PLPF Scholarship Luncheon at SMU.

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Katie Pryor

Student Update

Student Katie Pryor is touching lives in North Texas – one camper at a time.

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Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020, Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner is gearing up with a book and planned exhibition.

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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni/ae Update

A Wesley House opportunity, new publications, a recent award, farewell to servant leaders and other news of Perkins alumni/ae.

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Upcoming Events

July 10-22: Wesley Heritage Immersion UK Trip

UK Immersion
Students and alumni are invited to experience Methodist history as part of an immersion trip to England, July 10–22, 2019. Travelers’ understanding of John Wesley, his contribution to Christianity and his time will be enriched as the group tours sites in Oxford, Epworth, Bristol and London that were central to the life of John Wesley and the beginning of the Methodist movement. Perkins’ Ted Campbell, professor of church history, and the Rev. Connie Nelson, director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations, will lead the tour. For more information, visit us online.

Now through May 20: Bridwell Exhibition

Bridwell Exhibition
An exhibition at Bridwell Library features some of the earliest and most important publications printed in Greek. The selection offers a glimpse into the richness and significance of materials accessible for study and appreciation at Bridwell Library Special Collections. The exhibition runs through May 20. For more information, visit the website.

Inside Perkins: Spring 2019

March 28 and April 25

Inside Perkins
Two spring 2019 Inside Perkins events will take place Thursday, March 28, and Thursday, April 25. The events give prospective students the opportunity to visit classes, meet faculty and current students and experience the warmth of the Perkins community. Additional information and registration are available here

March 28–30: School for the Laity

PTSL 2019
Save the date for Perkins’ Theological School for the Laity, March 28–30, 2019. Featured speakers will include the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and Andrew Zirschky, assistant professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary and academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Brentwood, Tenn. Each year, hundreds of laypersons come to the campus of Perkins for three days of study focused on the Bible, theology and spirituality with Perkins faculty and guest speakers. Additional details and registration information are available here.

April 4–5: Reproductive Justice Symposium

Reproductive Justice
An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Reproductive Justice: Perspectives from Law, Religion, Business and Culture will take place April 4–5, 2019, at Crum Auditorium in the James M. Collins Executive Education Building on the SMU campus. The program starts with a welcome and keynote address by Michelle Goldberg at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, and a full schedule on Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers include Loretta Ross, a founder of the Reproductive Justice concept, and SMU faculty from several departments, as well as other outside experts. Perkins’ Susanne Scholz will moderate the closing reflections and remarks along with Beth Newman, associate professor of English at SMU. Scholz is part of a team of SMU colleagues who received a grant from the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII); the team includes faculty from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business and Dedman School of Law. Perkins is supporting the event with the Christian ethicist keynote speaker, Toddie Peters. Registration opens soon; visit the Facebook page.
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