SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life at SMU enhances the educational mission of the university through programming and services grounded in the United Methodist tradition. We promote moral and ethical leadership development.

Underground at SMU is held in the Hughes Trigg Theater at 12:00 pm each Wednesday.

Mission: - To oversee opportunities for Christian worship - To encourage students to think about how faith informs our lives - To welcome all faiths and those of no faith - To symbolize the integrity of faith in the academy - To nurture the faith growth of the community at SMU

Happy Friday!

Today's Care Chat episode is on the topic of self-care and parenting.

Dr. Veronica Davis, Associate Chaplain at SMU, and Lacie Jefferson, a commissioned minister with the Disciples of Christ, a staff chaplain at a local area healthcare system, and a graduate of SMU Perkins, provide us with words of wisdom on how to deal with self-care and parenting during difficult times.

[FREE BOOKS📚] The work of anti-racism is not optional for Christians - it is our duty as disciples of Jesus to disrupt white supremacy and proclaim that black lives matter.
For as long as the church as existed it has been complicit in perpetuating systemic racism, and we have on obligation to interrupt this complicity with action as individuals and as a community.
Reading a book can challenge our assumptions, confront our long-held beliefs, raise our awareness, and educate us on anti-racism. UKirk is offering to buy any student the anti-racism book of their choice. We want to remove the barriers to your learning and growth and invite you into the work. DM us with the book of your choice and we’ll send you a copy! #pcusa #antiracism #georgefloyd p.s. thanks the idea @ukirkatl

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Hillel at SMU

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join us this Friday to honor the lives of all those the Black community has lost. rsvp at the link in our bio #blacklivesmatter


Sometimes you just need a little reminder 💛

Some of the things that are not postponed. Can you think of more?

Care Chats - Episode 3

Dr. Veronica Davis, associate chaplain at SMU, and Dr. Judy Henneberger, retired associate chaplain, provide some insight on how can we discern and plan our futures given times of uncertainty.

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Student Affairs Introductions | Meet Dr. Veronica Davis! She is an Associate Chaplain for the Chaplain's Office. During her time in quarantine, she has been re-reading Harry Potter (she's currently on book 7!) and binging Parks and Rec. After quarantine, if she could travel anywhere in the world she wants to go somewhere with beautiful landscape views like New Zealand or Scotland. Although she has recently enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, she loves Prego Pasta House on Greenville!

Dr. Veronica Davis, associate chaplain at SMU, and Rachel Rigdon, a hospital chaplain, provide some insight on how to process grief during life transitions.

Care Chats - Episode 2



Congratulations to the 2,634 graduates receiving degrees this weekend. We can't wait to properly celebrate you August.

In the meantime, let's reminisce with our May grads through their Stories From The Hilltop.

A good Friday reminder. 🤚😌👀

Emphatic Interfaith Relationship #happywednesday

SMU Human Rights Program

#FlashbackFriday: Today, on the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we remember the SMU Dr. Dennis Simon Civil Rights Pilgrimage. #SMUHumanRights students go on this annual journey to learn about his legacy. Led by Professor Ray Jordan and organized by the SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, we visit the sites and hear from the "Foot Soldiers" of the #CivilRightsMovement. The social realities of this pandemic remind us that Dr. King's struggle for #racialjustice continues. #DemandDignity with us at #MLK52

Audio: Dr. King's last speech, "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”
Video Footage: Averie Bishop

Mark your calendar!! 🗓
Friday May 15th at 3pm via Zoom. Staff will hear messages of hope and solidarity from our SMU Chaplains, pray together in our own traditions, and share our prayer requests and blessings as staff prepare to come back to campus.

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Send Off - Wednesday Worship

A special send off prayer for our 2020 graduates and those leaving SMU. A few students names who are graduating, were mentioned by first name.

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It's the last day of classes, Mustangs. 📚 Drop some encouragement for your fellow Mustangs @smudallas 👈


Let’s honor those who have impacted our lives in a positive way. 💛

May You Have Faith Like Abraham

Last Wednesday Worship of the semester with Rev. Stephen Rankin.

[04/29/20]   Last Wednesday Worship of the semester with Rev. Stephen Rankin.

TOMORROW April 29, join us for the LAST Wednesday Worship of the semester!

Starting at 12:00 pm on Facebook.

The main focus will be on prayer for students who are graduating and those leaving SMU for different reasons.

We hope to “see” you there.

Care Chats

Dr. Veronica Davis, associate chaplain at SMU, and Betty McHone, a therapist at Therapy on the Square and former assistant chaplain at SMU, provide some practical tips to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit while practicing social distancing and remaining at home.



Hillel at SMU

Next week is Hillel Global Giving Week. Gifts made to Hillel at SMU will be matched - up to $2,500 per gift! #HillelGlobalGivingWeek

What makes you smile? (😃😁😊🙃😆)

Just in case ... it’s Monday 😀

So grateful for the young men of SMU Catholic for volunteering their Saturday to pickup 6 different grocery orders for the elderly of Lakewood. These seniors are the most vulnerable population in the COVID-19 pandemic, and they fear for their health each time they enter the community. On this day, that fear was silenced. #quarantine #actsofkindness

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Shields up, heroes!

Every hero needs a shield.

Dr. Seth Orsborn and Alyssa Phillips couldn’t let our 24/7 maker-space gather dust. The two are using the tools in the Deason Innovation Gym to fabricate more than 700 face shields for local healthcare workers.

Student Affairs Introductions | Meet Tyler Kim, the Program Coordinator in the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life! You can catch him cooking and pretending he is on a cooking show in his free time! He wants to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina one day to learn the culture because his best friend grew up there. On the weekends, catch him eating at Moobongri Soondae to get authentic Korean Soul Food. ⁠⠀
Which Student Affairs staff member should we feature next? Tell us in the comments below.⁠⠀

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[04/22/20]   A series on the book of Revelation with Rev. Stephen Rankin.

SMU Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

The last in a series of Wednesday Worship (SMU Chapel) messages from the book of Revelation.

A series on the book of Revelation with Rev. Stephen Rankin.

Tomorrow! April 22! ✌️
Join us for a time of worship via Facebook Livestream starting at noon 🕛.
We hope you can make it! 🙌



Providing support and fellowship for your journey.

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life provides pastoral care, counseling and theological reflection that promotes religious, moral and ethical development of students, faculty and staff. While supporting the integrity of each religious tradition represented at SMU, the Office of the Chaplain seeks to enhance the influence of the United Methodist heritage.

Our mission: Inspiring the expression of religious faith and discourse in the university.

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Videos (show all)

Care Chats - Episode 3
Dr. Veronica Davis, associate chaplain at SMU, and Rachel Rigdon, a hospital chaplain, provide some insight on how to process grief during life transitions.
Send Off - Wednesday Worship
May You Have Faith Like Abraham
Care Chats
Wednesday Worship - April 15
Resources for Message Preparation on Revelation! Must see!
Wednesday Worship - April 8
Here for you
Here for you
Living in a Time of Fear




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