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Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community! 
 
Attendees at the 2019 Fall Convocation were treated to a truly global experience, with travel guru Rick Steves headlining the program. Read the travel accounts of two faculty members who visited the Holy Land in recent weeks and learn why Jack Levison is fascinated with the Holy Spirit. Plus, a new Student Profile; faculty and alumni/ae news and much more.

We hope you’ll enjoy. Let us know if you have news you’d like to share.  
Dean Hill December Letter

A Message from Dean Hill

In this month’s letter, Dean Hill asks: Why are we so skeptical about joy? The Bible has much to say about joy, yet we find it difficult to believe in or to trust joy. We have no such problem with, say, disappointment, a solid and substantial feeling whose reality never comes into question. But joy's appearance can be suspect, having to pass an almost impossibly high standard of verification. What's that about?

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Spread the Word: Two Prospective Student Events

Inside Perkins
The next Inside Perkins on the Dallas campus takes place December 5, and on the Houston-Galveston campus December 3. Potential students will have the chance to visit classes, meet faculty and current students and experience the Perkins community. For information, visit our website.
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Fall Convocation 2019 Speakers

Fall Convocation

With Rick Steves headlining, this year’s Fall Convocation was a truly global experience.

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2019 Advent Service

Advent Worship 60th Anniversary

The annual tradition returns, but with a change: just one service at 6 p.m.

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Jack Levison

Faculty Profile

Jack Levison is a sought-after speaker in local churches, thanks to his books on the Holy Spirit.

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Faculty Update

Faculty Update

Perkins’ own Strongman; Spanish-language documentary premieres; a new book and a peek into another world.

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Retracing Paul's Steps

Retracing Paul’s Steps

Dean Hill and Jaime Clark-Soles visit places where Paul proclaimed the Gospel. 

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2019 DAA Katherine Glaze Lyle

Distinguished Alumna


Perkins Honors the Rev. Katherine Glaze Lyle as 2019 Distinguished Alumna.

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Nerissa Grigsby

Student Spotlight

Nerissa Grigsby, a Baptist pastor, has found a good home at United Methodist-affiliated Perkins.

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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni/ae Update

Perkins alum elected president of the UMC Council of Bishops and other alumni/ae news.


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Upcoming Events

December 2

History Documentary Cinco Olas sobre Dallas  Premieres

We invite you to join us as Ted Campbell, Perkins Professor of Church History, premieres the Spanish-language version of his film, Five Waves Over Dallas 
(Cinco Olas sobre Dallas) on December 2 at 7 p.m. at Casa Linda United Methodist Church in Dallas.

The documentary tells of the overlapping migrations that shaped the Dallas area  over the past 250 years—from the earliest native-American tribes to today’s global diversity.

This event is free and open to everyone! Click here to learn more

Inside Perkins: Fall 2019

Dec. 3 and Dec. 5

Inside Perkins

Fall 2019 Inside Perkins events will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Houston-Galveston Campus
    • 7 - 8:30 p.m. Information Session (hybrid and D.Min. degree programs)
      St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 S Main St, Houston, TX 77004
  • Inside Perkins, Thursday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Dallas Campus
    • Optional: Advent Worship Service, 6 p.m.

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.

December 5
Advent Worship Service

Advent Worship

Members of the Perkins community will gather in the Perkins Chapel for Advent Worship on Thursday, December 5, for a single service at 6 p.m. This year, the service marks three milestones: the 60th anniversary of Perkins’ Master of Sacred Music program, the 80th anniversary of the Seminary Singers and the 60th anniversary of the Advent service itself. For a preview of the service, read the story here.

December 9
Registration Deadline: January Certification Courses

December 9 is the late registration deadline for United Methodist certification courses offered at Perkins beginning in January 2020, including courses in Christian Education and Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation. To earn certifications, candidates must complete certification courses and then complete further steps with their annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry in cooperation with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. An overview of the certification program, application information and a course schedule are available here.

February 5:
Perkins Scholarship Luncheon

Mark your calendar for February 5, 2020, for the Perkins Scholarship Luncheon in The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom at SMU. New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks will be the featured speaker. For table sponsorship information, email John A. Martin (johnma@smu.edu). Registration is required for this event.

February 13-14
Save the Date: Bonhoeffer Conference

On February 13-14, 2020, Perkins School of Theology will be sponsoring a short conference entitled “‘In the Face of Barbarism:’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Culture, Humanity, and the Importance of Ordinary Life.” Most scholarly and popular portrayals of Bonhoeffer focus on the exceptional circumstances in which he found himself. The conference, by contrast, is broadly focused on the importance of everyday life in Bonhoeffer’s theology and ethics. Lecturers Victoria Barnett, Michael DeJonge, and Natalie Carnes will help us to position the intersection of art and theology as related to everyday life. The conference will conclude with a one-person play on the legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as adapted and performed by Al Staggs.
 
This conference is generously supported by the Robinson Fund at Perkins, which encourages work at the intersection of theology and the arts. This is appropriate given Bonhoeffer’s interest in music especially and in the way in which the arts were woven into the everyday life of the Bonhoeffer family and the student community at Finkenwalde.

February 22
Houston Lay School of Theology

Houston Lay School

Dean Craig C. Hill will lead a daylong course, "Servant of All: Status, Ambition and the Way of Jesus" at the Houston Lay School of Theology from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on February 22, 2020, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston. The course will examine the tension between the biblical view of servant leadership and the status that Christians today often desire and pursue. The church is at 5501 Main Street in Houston. Online registration is now open.  All those registering by February 14 will receive a free copy of Dean Hill's book Servant of All: Status, Ambition and the Way of Jesus. 

March 26-28
Summit for Faith and Learning

The next Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning (formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity) takes place March 26-28, 2020. Featured speakers include William Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, and several Perkins faculty members. Registration opens in December. Visit our website here.

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