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Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community!

This month's big news represents a historic moment in Methodism — read Dean Hill's letter below for the exciting announcement! On March 11, the world marked the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Now, with the vaccine rollout, many wonder when life might return to normal — and how life might be different, even after the threat of the virus recedes. Faculty, staff and students offered their reflections in our cover story. We have a report from the Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning and a preview of Words Matter, a webinar that will explore language’s role in race, religion and public policy. Plus, student and faculty profiles, alumni updates and more.  

We hope you’ll enjoy this edition. Let us know if you have news you’d like to share.

A Message from Dean Hill

Bridwell Library has been named the recipient of the collections of the recently closed World Methodist Council Museum in Lake Junaluska, N.C.  In this month's letter, Dean Hill shares his excitement about this news — and why this acquisition represents a big opportunity for Perkins and global Methodism.

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Monthly Updates
Office of Enrollment Management: Student Ambassadors
Office of Development: SMU Giving Day
Bridwell Library Update

What's Next?

Perkins faculty, staff and students look to the post-pandemic future. 

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7 Last Words

Black Seminarians Association readies Good Friday worship.

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Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning

Virtual event draws attendees from 12 states and Canada.

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Student Spotlight

Ally Drummond pursues her dual passions: faith and social justice. 

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Graduation 2021

2019-2020 graduates invited to return for May 14-15 events.

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Words Matter 

April 19 webinar will explore language’s role in race, religion and public policy.

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Faculty Updates

Op-eds tackle incivility and hate toward Asians; a father/son podcast; faculty books in the news. 

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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni in North Texas leadership program; a story of resilience; a musical tribute; and more.  

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Upcoming Events

All events listed below are subject to change due to the ongoing
COVID-19 crisis.

April Virtual Visits for Prospective Students

Admission Virtual Events

Replacing the traditional “Inside Perkins” events held on campus in past years, Perkins School of Theology’s Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) is offering a series of virtual gatherings designed to allow prospective students to safely Connect, Discern and Explore our community as they consider their theological educational future. See the complete schedule of virtual gatherings here.
Upcoming Events in April Include:

April 21, 2021 at 7 p.m.    
Connect with SMU Perkins Houston-Galveston

April 29, 2021 at 7 p.m.    
Explore SMU Perkins with an Alumni Panel

These virtual events make “visiting” Perkins easy from anywhere in the world. Please share with friends, family and church members who may be considering theological education!

April 2
7 Last Words - A Good Friday Presentation

7 Last Words 
April 2, 2021 at 7 p.m
Via Webinar

Sponsored by: 
The Black Seminarians Association 


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April 19
Words Matter: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion and Public Policy. 

Online Zoom Webinar
April 19, 2021 at 7 p.m

Sponsored by: 
Perkins School of Theology’s
Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions 
Department of World Languages and Literature at
Dedman School of the Humanities and Sciences.


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Save the Dates: May 14-15
Commencement Weekend

Schedule of events for graduating Seniors (Spring 2021 and Summer 2021) and December 2020 graduates:

A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements
Perkins School of Theology

Friday, May 14, 4:00 p.m.
Moody Coliseum

All-University Commencement
Saturday, May 15, 2021
8:00 a.m.
Ford Stadium

The All-University May Commencement assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs in Ford Stadium.Tickets are required. The ceremony will be simulcast at

For more information visit the SMU Commencement Website.

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