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

Our December issue is filled with news of the season: an Advent reflection from Dean Craig C. Hill, details about the annual (and beloved) Perkins Chapel Advent Worship service and an exploration of the stunning "Nativity" painting that hangs in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Plus, end-of-year giving opportunities from the Office of Development; updates on the Houston-Galveston Hybrid Program and the Office of Enrollment Management;  faculty and student profiles;  news for alumni/ae;  and updates on faculty, Bridwell Library and 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

Advent is a time of expectation, not only for Christmas, the coming of God’s Messiah, but also for the biblical hope that God in Christ ultimately will right all wrongs and bring in everlasting peace. At times, however, a gap exists between what we hope for and what actually happens, and between our interpretation of God’s intentions and their fulfillment. What does that mean for the here and now? Read Dean Hill's full Advent message below.

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Admissions Update
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'Nativity' on Display

The original painting, displayed in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, portrays the birth of Jesus in the midst of a great heavenly battle, with divergent imagery and text from the Nativity story in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Revelation.

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Student Spotlight

Stephanie Bohan isn’t aiming for a new career – she’s at Perkins to learn to do even better in her current job.

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H-G Hybrid Degrees

With the newly-launched hybrid format at Perkins School of Theology’s Houston-Galveston Extension Program, students may earn an M.Div. or an M.A.M. completely on-site in Houston.

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Fall Convocation 2018

At the Fall Convocation 2018, JustWorship, attendees witnessed the power of worship – to build up or destroy.

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2018 Advent Service

With a new director of Perkins’ Master of Sacred Music program at the helm, expect a fresh take on a treasured tradition.

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Faculty Profile

As an author, spiritual director and Zen teacher, Ruben Habito
is an influential voice on the Perkins campus and beyond.

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Faculty Update

From presentations during the recent annual American Academy of Religion-Society of Biblical Literature meeting to receiving awards such as the Sam Taylor Fellowship, Perkins faculty are making headlines across the nation. 

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Alumni/ae Update

UK-Wesley Heritage Immersion opportunity, Women of Color Scholars, Dental Mission trip, and Santa vs. Advent.

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Upcoming Events

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December 4: Houston-Galveston Information Session

December 6: Inside Perkins Dallas

December 4: Houston-Galveston Information Session
The M.Div. and M.A.M. degrees are now offered in hybrid format through the Perkins Houston-Galveston Extension Program. All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to learn more about the M.Div., M.A.M. and D.Min. degree programs, meet Dean Craig C. Hill and Perkins faculty and explore financial aid options during a free information session Dec. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston. Master's interest, register here. D.Min. interest, register here

If you're unable to attend the information session in Houston, join us via Facebook live at 7 p.m. (Central Time) on our Facebook page here

December 6: Inside Perkins Dallas
All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins, a free information session offered by Perkins School of Theology, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click to view all 2018-19 Inside Perkins dates.

December 6: Perkins Advent Service
"What Child Is This?"

Perkins' annual Advent Service takes place Thursday, December 6, at 4 and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Blvd., on the Southern Methodist University campus. This will be the first Advent worship to be led by Dr. Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Perkins’ new Director of the Master of Sacred Music program.

The event is free and open to the public.  Parking is inside the Meadows Parking Garage, across the street from Perkins Chapel. Read more here.

February 8: 2019 Bolin Public Life Personal Faith Luncheon

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, will be the featured guest for the 2019 Bolin Family Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom of the Umphrey Lee Student Center on the SMU campus.  Woodruff will be interviewed by Peggy Wehmeyer, former religion correspondent for ABC World News Tonight, on the topic of personal faith in the public square. The Public Life Personal Faith series, inaugurated in 2010, is a fundraising and outreach event of Perkins School of Theology in service to the larger community.  

For more information about the luncheon, visit the website.
For table sponsorship and individual ticket information, contact the Office of Development at or 214-768-2026.

February 16: Houston Lay School of Theology

Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles (above) leads a session during a previous Houston Lay School of Theology. 

Dr. Tamara Lewis is featured speaker at the Houston Lay School of Theology on Saturday, February 16 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. in Houston.  Lewis, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Perkins, will teach the daylong course on “Praying with the Desert Fathers and Mothers,” exploring the spiritual riches of the ascetic mothers and fathers of the desert who devoted themselves to worship, prayer, and contemplation of Christ in the deserts of Egypt and Syria. Sponsored by Perkins, The School meets each February and August, offering an opportunity for laity and others to explore issues of spirituality, theology, religion and church leadership with faculty from Perkins and guest speakers. 

The program is made possible in part by the Howard-Holbert Endowment at SMU. Read more here.

Click here for a comprehensive look at the Perkins calendar. 

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