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Recently Read: Offended by party theme, SMU students march for racial understanding

Before the march, Perkins student Robin Murray read a letter from Dr. James L. Lyles, one of the original five African-American students who integrated the seminary in 1955. The retired UMC pastor and distinguished SMU alum, age 87, said: “Prayer and peace are instruments that enable you to stay the course. … Pray for the […]

$2.5 Million Gift to Endow New Practical Theology Chair at Perkins

“Perkins School of Theology and the University’s Methodist heritage are fundamental to our educational mission,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful for a gift that uniquely supports the Perkins School in its commitment to preparing men and women for contemporary ministry.”

Perkins School of Theology waives application fee as degree offerings expand

Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, is waiving the usual $50 application fee for prospective students through March 1, 2015.

Course of Study School at Perkins offers “hybrid” advanced COSS class in Spanish

Perkins is one of two theological schools in The United Methodist Church authorized to offer COSS classes in Spanish. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo, director of the Regional COSS at Perkins and Professor of Christian Mission & Intercultural Studies, is excited about making coursework more accessible for working pastors.

“Houston: Confronting Poverty from the Heart of Faith” event promotes economic justice

FaithAndReason® is partnering with more than a dozen Houston-area institutions and nearly two dozen renowned activists, experts and academics to host a ground breaking 3-day seminar this September.

Perkins School of Theology announces appointment of John R. (Jack) Levison to Endowed Chair in Old Testament and Hebrew

DALLAS, Tx: Professor John R. (Jack) Levison has accepted an invitation from Southern Methodist University to serve as William Joseph Ambrose Power Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation, effective January 1, 2015.

Rabbi speaks again, thanks to Perkins School of Theology archivist

The prophetic voice of a late Dallas rabbi, one who had close ties to Southern Methodist University, will be heard again, thanks to a curious archivist who wasn’t content just to file away some reel-to-reel tapes he found in a library storage room. SMU’s Perkins School of Theology will, on May 5, hold an event […]

SMU chaplain: The United Methodist Church is imploding

By Stephen W. Rankin, Special Contributor… I just finished teaching in the certification class at Perkins School of Youth Ministry. To the whole group last Monday and to the class members throughout the week, I said several hard things about the future. One of the hard things I said was, “The United Methodist Church is imploding.”  Two […]

Brewing to Perfection – Pastor tries coffee shop to reach young adults

DALLAS—The Rev. Mike Baughman had never made a half caffeine latte, but that’s what the man across the counter wanted. So, after a quick consultation with the barista on duty, the pastor got to work and produced a frothy drink that sent his middle-aged customer away happy. It was one more learning curve. Mike Baughman’s […]

Sandra Fluke speaks to packed house at SMU

DALLAS—Sandra Fluke warned her audience at Southern Methodist University that she might not live up to her bad reputation. “If you’ve come to see how slutty I am in person,” she said, “you’re probably going to be disappointed with the content of my discussion.” Ms. Fluke, a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, came […]