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Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community! 
Read about the renovations now underway at Perkins Chapel and about the many changes you’ll see when the Chapel re-opens in time for the Advent worship service in December. Meet the incoming cohort of Perkins Scholars, learn about Perkins’s new partnership with the non-profit Project Transformation National, and enjoy photos and a report from the Art of Resilience program in September. Plus, a new Student Profile; a profile of faculty member Rebekah Miles; faculty, student and alumni/ae news and much more.

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

A Message from Dean Hill

With new students getting acclimatized to life on campus, Dean Craig Hill offers a message about looking to the future: “If your goal is to serve God and to meet human need, there is nothing and no one that can stop you. There is always the need for capable, well-equipped and well-motivated servant-leaders. That does not necessarily mean, however, that you will serve where and how you expect.” 

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Monthly Updates
Office of Enrollment Management
Office of Development
Bridwell Library
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Reboot: The Congregation as Youth Worker

Perkins announces Starter Cohort of 18 diverse congregations.

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Project Transformation MOU

New Partnership

Perkins forges agreement with nonprofit Project Transformation National.

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Faculty Profile: Rebekah Miles

Faculty Profile

Rebekah Miles puts her faith in action through political work in the church and the secular realm.

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International Students

International Tea Time --

Annual gathering highlights international students in the Perkins community.

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Faculty Update

Faculty Update

A preaching workshop, a podcast and an audience with the Pope.

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Chapel Renovation

Perkins Chapel Undergoes Renovations s

Worshippers will see – and hear – the difference when renovations at Perkins Chapel are completed.

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The Art of Resilience

Art of Resilience

A two-day event celebrates and explores that which sustains the Latinx community.

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Lauren Sandstedt

Student Spotlight

Lauren Sandstedt comes to Perkins from the corporate world, by way of the Holy Land.

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Katherine Glaze Lyle

2019 Distinguished Alumna Award

Rev. Katherine Glaze Lyle (M. Div. '93) named 2019 Perkins recipient.

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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni/ae Update

Alums serving in D.C. and in urban ministry; a new book; plus, obituaries.

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Upcoming Events

October 3
Baptist House of Studies Hosts Amanda Tyler

Perkins Baptist House of Studies

The Perkins Baptist House of Studies will host Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, for two events on Oct. 3.

She will be guest preacher during the 11:30 a.m. Chapel service.  Her sermon, "The Temptation of Christian Nationalism: Power Brokers over Prophets," will be based on Luke 4:1-20.  Chapel will be followed by Lunch and Conversation with Ms. Tyler on the subject of "Resisting Christian Nationalism" from noon to 1:15 p.m. All events will take place in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall and are open to the public. To attend Lunch and Conversation with Amanda Tyler, please register at this link. Cost is $5 for students and $10 for non-students.

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October 7
Third Annual Arklatex Lectures in Preaching

ArkLaTex Lectures

Mark your calendar now to hear one of the premier scholars in the field of homiletics at the third Annual Arklatex Lectures in Preaching at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana on October 7. This lectureship is co-sponsored by the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU and Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana.  Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, author of the preaching classic, The Four Pages of the Sermon, will speak on “A God Who Unites a Culture that Divides: Renewing our Common Faith in an Uncivil Culture.”  Visit the PCPE’s event page for full details and to register.

Faiths in Coversation
Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9

Faiths in Coversation
Join us for Faiths in Conversation, a monthly series designed to offer people of all cultures, faiths, and traditions, opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors.

Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins, will be co-speaking on "Role of Intellect in Christian Tradition" at the October 14 session. Dr. Ruben L.F. Habito, Professor of World Religions and Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation at Perkins, will be speaking on "Role of Intellect in Vedanta Tradition" at the November 11 session.

These monthly sessions will approach relevant topics of faith from academic – and accessible – perspectives, with ample audience participation encouraged. To learn more and register, visit the website.

Inside Perkins: Fall 2019

Oct. 15, Oct. 17, Nov. 12, Dec. 3 and Dec. 5

Inside Perkins

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

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Theology on Tap, Houston-Galveston Extension Program
    • 7 p.m. at Kindred Church, 2515 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006
  • Inside Perkins, Thursday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Dallas Campus
  • Inside Perkins, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dallas Campus
    • Featuring Plenary with Rick Steves: "The Holy Land: The Importance of ‘Dual Narrative’ Travels in Israel and Palestine"
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Houston-Galveston Campus
    • 7 - 8:30 p.m. Information Session
      St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 S Main St, Houston, TX 77004
  • Inside Perkins, Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Dallas Campus
    • Optional: Advent Worship Service, 4 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.

October 22 
Maguire Chair Symposium:
Restorative Justice and Prison Abolition

The SMU Maguire Chair in Ethics will sponsor "Restorative Justice and Prison Abolition," the 2019 Maguire Chair Symposium, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 106, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Vincent Lloyd, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.  Dr. Lloyd is a leading advocate for, and scholar of, prison abolition.

Respondents include Dr. Natalia Marandiuc, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology, Perkins School of Theology;  Jim Buffington, Chief Operating Officer, Bridges to Life; and Robyn Short, Adjunct Instructor, SMU Dispute Resolution.

This event is open to public.

October 22 
Hong Kong Protests: A Messianic Movement?

Hong Kong

Perkins School of Theology, with the Tower Center's Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia, SMU's Center for Faith and Learning and the Embrey Human Rights Program, will sponsor a panel discussion on the current situation in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall.

Featured speaker is Dr. Lap Yan Kung, Professor of Theology, The Divinity School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, who will speak on “A Secular/Theological Messianic Exegesis of the Anti-Extradition Bill in Hong Kong.”  Panelists include Hiroki Takeuchi, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Tower Center Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia, and Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, SMU Center for Faith and Learning.

Dr. Sze-kar Wan, Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology, will chair the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required by contacting

November 11-12 
2019 Fall Convocation
Mission Quest: Finding Your Place in God's World

Fall Convocation

TV host and travel author Rick Steves leads the lineup of distinguished speakers for Perkins’ annual fall convocation, “Mission Quest: Finding Your Place in God’s World,” November 11-12 at Highland Park United Methodist Church and on the campus of SMU. This annual event offers two days of lectures, workshops, dialogue with speakers and participants, Bible study and worship. View the complete schedule here.


Also featured at the Fall Convocation will be Perkins alumna Samira Izadi Page (M.Div. '10, D.Min. '16), a former refugee and Founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace, an organization which mobilizes more than 50 area churches to adopt and assist refugee families as they arrive in North Texas; and Célestin Musekura, President and Founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) supporting and training pastors and Christian civic leaders in his homeland of Rwanda to teach forgiveness, reconciliation and self-sustainability in the ongoing recovery from the genocide of 1994.

December 1
Deadline for Nominations: Seals Laity Award

Seals Award

Nominations for the 2020 Perkins School of Theology Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award are now being accepted through December 1, 2019. The annual award is presented to a layperson in the United States who exemplifies an exceptional commitment of service to Christ through faith and action in the church, community and world. Awarded first in 1993, the award has been presented to more than 45 distinguished laypersons throughout the years. Read the press release for more details.

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