Perspective Online, Perkins School of Theology SMU
Welcome to Perkins Perspective Online, our monthly e-magazine with updates and information on the Perkins community! 
As the semester got underway, some students got an inside glimpse of three innovative programs: Crossroads Community Services, Union Coffee and Christ’s Foundry. Read the story of this year’s Ministry Dallas and find out why those three days were informative, encouraging and, at times, heartbreaking. Plus, meet the alum who’s running for office in Boston and the new Intern Program Associate Director at Perkins. Catch up on a long list of faculty, student and alumni/ae news from over the summer, 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

A Message from Dean Hill

September is the season of beginnings on campus, as new students arrive and classes commence. Before the busyness sets in, take a moment to remember what’s most important: love. In his sermon delivered at the Aug. 28 Feast of Beginnings, Dean Craig Hill observes that universities can be wonderful places -- but they also can be hotbeds of defensiveness and mean-spiritedness. As he reminds us, “We love because God first loved us.” And love is a decision we can make, rather than a feeling that comes and goes. Read his message here.

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Monthly Updates
Office of Enrollment Management
Office of Development
Bridwell Library
Ministry Dallas

Ministry Dallas:
Fall 2019

Perkins Students, Staff Explore Innovative Local Ministries.

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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan for Boston

Running for office feels a lot like ministry, according to Jonathan Allen.

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Susanne Scholtz

Faculty Profile

An Old Testament scholar who’s connecting biblical studies with the quest for justice in the world.

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Angel Gallardo

New Intern Program Associate Director

Perkins welcomed a new Intern Program Associate Director this summer.

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Faculty Update

Faculty Update

A multi-faith conversation, a new book, “meatball exegesis” and more.


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Global eLearning

Global eLearning Project Underway

Robert Hunt traveled to the Philippines this summer to launch the first phase of the Global Theological Education Virtual Visiting Professor project.

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Schubert Ogden

Schubert Ogden

The Perkins community mourned the loss this summer of Schubert Ogden.

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Rosedanny Oritz

Student Spotlight

As she pursues an M.Div. and ordination, Rosedanny knows she’s on the right path. 

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Student News

Student News

Cecilio Chavez sought Jesus in India, then traveled to Oxford to tell his story; new DPM cohort; and more. 


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Alumni Update

Alumni/ae Update

A newly ordained Minister of Gun Violence Prevention, a missionary in Brazil, a new book by Gary Fox, obituaries and other alumni/ae news.

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Upcoming Events

Inside Perkins: Fall 2019

Sept. 20, 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:

  • Inside Perkins, Friday, Sept. 20, Noon to 6 p.m. – Dallas Campus
    • Featuring Daisy Machado, “The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times”
      • Optional 6 - 7 p.m. – Dinner in Kirby Parlor
      • Optional 7:30 - 9 p.m. – Elvira: The Immigration Play, Meadows School of the Arts
  • 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.

September 20-21
The Art of Resilience:
Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times

Art of Resilience

Mark your calendar now for a free two-day event, “The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times,” on September 20-21, 2019 at Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU). The program is presented by Perkins’ Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in collaboration with Meadows. The Art of Resilience will address the current social climate as well as public policies affecting Latino/a families and communities and how they test human rights commitments and the democratic process, and will bring together the work of theologians, scholars, artists and community members. For more information and to save your seat, click here.

October 3
Baptist House of Studies Hosts Amanda Tyler

Amanda Tyler

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, 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.

Read more about this event.

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.

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 Samira Izadi Page, 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.

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