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Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community! 
As Perkins gears up for re-accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools, the process serves as an opportunity for reflection and looking ahead.  Read about Theodore Walker’s exciting discovery of a lost manuscript and plans for the annual Advent worship in December. 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.  
Letter from Dean Hill

A Message from Dean Hill

In this month's very personal message, Dean Craig Hill offers a meditation on cherishing and cultivating joy. “Joy finds us at those moments when the curtain of the ordinary is lifted, and we see, however fleetingly, the beauty, the majesty of God," he writes." Joy comes unexpectedly—perhaps in hearing a symphony, perhaps in connecting with nature, perhaps in a moment in which we know love. Often, it is the experience of perfection.”

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Monthly Updates
Office of Enrollment Management
Office of Development
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Rick Steves

Register for Fall Convo

Today (Nov. 6) is the last day to register online! Don't miss learning from Rick Steves, Samira Izadi Page and Célestin Musekura.

Register Today

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ATS Accreditation Site Visit in February 2020

Perkins’ accreditation review process serves as an impetus for fruitful reflection and looking to the future.

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Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Theodore Walker has discovered a lost manuscript by E.E. Just, written 77 years ago, with an important message for modern readers.

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Faculty Update

Faculty Update

Evelyn Parker blogs from South Africa; Hendrix College honors Rebekah Miles; Ted Campbell's history documentary premieres; and more.

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Advent Service

Advent Worship

The Dec. 5 Advent Worship marks the 60th anniversary of the service— as well as two other milestones.

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AAR-SBL in San Diego

When the AAR-SBL Annual Meetings convene in San Diego, the Perkins community will play a significant role.

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Things Fall Apart: After Ed Gabrielsen’s life “exploded,” he found his way to Perkins. 

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Alumni/ae Update

Alumni/ae Update

New book by Jonathan Chism; the Rev. Cecil Williams celebrates his 90th birthday; interviews with Perkins alums Bryant Phelps and Edgar Bazan; obituaries and more.

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Upcoming Events

November 9
Perkins Homecoming Event

Homecoming Promo

Join us for breakfast tacos and Perkins community spirit on the Boulevard. Bring the whole family and invite your friends! 

Perkins Canopy Tent
Outside of Kirby Hall
5915 Bishop Blvd. 
Dallas, TX 75205

Faiths in Conversation
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. 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

Nov. 12, Dec. 3 and Dec. 5

Inside Perkins

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

  • Inside Perkins, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8:30 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.

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.  The annual event offers two days of lectures, workshops, dialogue with speakers and participants, Bible study and worship. View the complete schedule here.   

November 12 
Distinguished Alumni/ae Banquet

Katherine Glaze Lyle

Join the Perkins community in a banquet on Tuesday evening, November 12 recognizing Perkins alum Katherine Glaze Lyle, recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni/ae Award. Register by midnight tonight (Nov. 6) here

December 1
Deadline for Nominations: Seals Laity Award

Seals Award

December 1 is the deadline for nominations for the 2020 Perkins School of Theology Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award. 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. For details on how to submit a nomination, read the press release 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 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.

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