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

Perkins oversaw the distribution of Luce Grant funds in 2020 to aid churches and nonprofits during the pandemic; we have a roundup of all the great work that resulted. Meet the three recipients of the 2021 Seals Laity Award and find out why James Lee’s class was “Zoom-bombed” with a surprise announcement. Hear some good news from Perkins’ Baptist House of Studies: a grant from the Baugh Foundation, and a new Baptist Concentration. Plus, student and faculty profiles, alumni/ae news and much 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

In watching news reports of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on
January 6, Dean Craig C. Hill noted protesters carrying Bibles and signs that read “Jesus Saves,” “In God We Trust” and “God and Guns.”  
What happened? How did Christian faith get mixed up in such a dark moment in American history? One antidote to distorted and dangerous religion, he writes, is high-quality theological education.

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Monthly Updates
Office of Enrollment Management: Student Ambassadors
Office of Development: Let's Talk Financial Aid
The Latest from Bridwell

Altshuler Award

James Lee honored as Distinguished Teaching Professor. 

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Luce Grant Update

Helping meet urgent needs in COVID-19 response efforts, in partnership with Perkins.  

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Something in the Water

Event with Beto O'Rourke marks launch of Michael Waters' new book on racial injustices.

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Encountering Mary

A look at what Mary means to Protestants, at an upcoming Perkins Summit for Faith & Learning course.

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Student Spotlight

Perkins became a welcoming home to Baptist student Lindsay Bruehl. 

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Faculty Updates

Abingdon publishes a new book by Jaime Clark-Soles; op-ed from William B. Lawrence.

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Perkins alumni/ae and other community members who died in December and January. 

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Seals Laity Award

The 2021 recipients: Kirk Franklin, Lisa Tichenor and Nancy Seay.

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Baptist House of Studies

A grant from the Baugh Foundation and a new Baptist Concentration boost the program.

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Spiritual Medicine

Applications open now for the next cohort of the Certificate in Spiritual Direction program. 

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Ash Wednesday 

Guidance for safe observances during a pandemic. 

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Faculty Profile

As Bridwell Library Director, Anthony Elia indulges his wide-ranging interests. 

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Student News 

A new devotional from D.Min. student Nerissa Grigsby; a warrior fighting hunger. 

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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni/ae Update

Meet the roller derby pastor; Crossroads executive retires, and more. 

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Upcoming Events

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

February Virtual Visits

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 February Include:

February 2 at 7 p.m. CT:
Connect with SMU Perkins - Houston and Dallas     

February 25 at 12:30 p.m. CT:
"You may be called if … " with Dr. Alyce McKenzie
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!

February 16
Bolin Family Perkins Scholarship Evening

David Brooks of The New York Times will return to Perkins School of Theology, with his thoughts from this momentous year, for the Bolin Family Scholarship Evening. This year’s virtual event, normally held as a luncheon on the SMU campus, will benefit Perkins School of Theology’s Scholarship Fund. Every dollar of each donation will be channeled to the Scholarship Fund and will be tax deductible. 

Register Here

Save the Date
March 19-20, 2021
Summit for Faith & Learning

Find inspiration and education at Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning (PSFL). Featuring an engaging lineup of Perkins faculty and an alumnus teaching on a variety of topics, this virtual event promises something to pique all interests. The half- and full-day class options are open to everyone. Registration is now open. For more information, visit our website.

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